Life, Inc.

In an illustrated review, Ward Sutton ponders the brand-bound destiny depicted in Douglas Rushkoff's Life, Inc.

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The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards

Ward Sutton's cartoon review finds the groove in Robert Boswell's The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards.

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Ward Sutton on Rapt

Ward Sutton's cartoon review of Winifred Gallagher's new study.

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The Sound of Freedom

Ward Sutton's cartoon review looks at Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert.

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Under Their Thumb

In this month's cartoon review Ward Sutton looks at Under Their Thumb, the true tale of a Brooklyn teenager's improbable trip into the inner sanctums of the Rolling Stones.

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The Women

In the debut of a new feature, Ward Sutton looks at The Women, T.C. Boyle's novel on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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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.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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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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).