@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.
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?
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.