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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.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.