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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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The 12 Days of Drawn to Read

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

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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...

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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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Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.