Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Family memories, globetrotting mishaps and macabre encounters from a deadpan sensibility.

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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

A look at how the American soldier went from revolutionary musketeer to global cop.

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Quiet

A new book sheds fresh light on the much-maligned "introvert".

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The 12 Days of Drawn to Read

Ward Sutton doles out a dozen cartoon takes on the year in reading.

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That Used to Be Us

A call to action that challenges readers to reverse the decline of America.

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We Others: New and Selected Stories

A collection of short stories that light on the mysterious, the beautiful, and the disturbing.

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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The chilling true story of an extremely self-made man.

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2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America

Legendary comedian, actor and filmmaker Albert Brooks pens a  satire-flecked vision of tomorrow's America.

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The Uncoupling

When a New Jersey high school puts on a classic Greek drama, a spell descends over the lives (and beds) of local residents.

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Everyone Loves You When You're Dead

A legendary interviewer retrieves an array of astonishing moments from over 3,000 conversations with the famous and infamous.

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The Nit Pickers

The correspondence of poet Elizabeth Bishop with the famously detail-oriented magazine that championed her.

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Disaster Preparedness

A wry memoir of childhood in the pop-culture saturated 1970s and 1980s, from a widely-admired cultural critic.

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Postcards from a Year in Reading

Ward Sutton sends back souvenirs from a journey through the most notable books of 2010.

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Autobiography of Mark Twain

An illustrated look at the unconventional memoir of an American legend, published, as he stipulated, 100 years after his death.

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Boozehound

From the proper way to handle Aquavit to a bar's worth of variations on the Manhattan, Ward Sutton follows this charming odyssey in a cocktail glass.

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Big Girls Don't Cry

Ward Sutton's visual review of Rebecca Traister's mashup of memoir and political history.

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Common as Air

An illustrated review of Lewis Hyde's new treatise about creativity in the public sphere.

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So Cold the River

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Michael Koryta's new thriller about an old hotel, a long-dead local tyrant, and one strange bottle of water.

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Ilustrado

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Miguel Syuco's dazzling new tale of an author's mysterious death.

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Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Daniel Okrent's new history of America's singular experiment in mass sobriety.

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Beatrice and Virgil

Ward Sutton on Yann Martel's intriguing follow-up to Life of Pi, in which a writer wrestles with a seemingly impossible subject.

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Love in Mid Air

A debut novel follows a married woman's affair with a man she meets while traveling -- and raises questions about love, sex, and commitment in an age of missed connections.

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Father Knows Books: Princess Hyacinth

"Father Knows Books" returns to cast a cartoonist's (and parent's) eye over a new book for children, about a royal family and an uplifting scenario.

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Americans in Paris

Ward Sutton reviews Charles Glass's new history of how American citizens survived, resisted, collaborated, and sometimes died during the Nazi occupation of the French capital.

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The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Ward Sutton looks at a new annotated and illustrated edition of the letters from one of the most famously tormented personalities in the history of painting.

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Father Knows Books: Otis

In a new visual review feature from Ward Sutton, the cartoonist (and parent) looks at Loren Long's new book Otis. Read more...

Last Night in Twisted River

In the latest novel from John Irving, a father and son are on the run from a Javert-like pursuer.

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The Wild Things

Dave Eggers makes a novel out of Maurice Sendak's classic picture story. An illustrated review by Ward Sutton.

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Behind the Laughs

Ward Sutton's Illustrated review of I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era

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Inherent Vice

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Pynchon's trip into detective fiction.

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About the Columnist
Ward Sutton’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in the Village Voice, TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Time, Esquire, The New Yorker, and on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.

Ward's Drawn to Read appears monthly in the Barnes & Noble Review. Click here to see the complete Drawn to Read archive.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).