Isn't there any editing at the Deseret News? "There is a bunch of
interesting tidbits"?? That sentence would get a big red mark in 6th grade;
it should not make it into an essay published by a newspaper. It is hard to take
a review seriously if the author hasn't mastered basic grammar.
I haven't read this book yet, but from the description on Princeton
University Press' website and other reviews, it really seems like Morgenegg
has completely missed what this book is about? As I understand it,
the point behind a "biography" of a book is to look at the influence
that it has had during its "life." Wouldn't you want to say as much
in your review?
@KinCO - With respect to your criticism of the phrase "there is a bunch of
interesting tidbits": For the record, the usage of "is" is in fact
correct because the collective noun "bunch" is singular ("there is a
bunch" as opposed to "there are bunches"). In modern usage, either
verb form ("is" or "are") is considered acceptable. Your
conclusion that the reviewer has not mastered basic grammar is unsupported.