American Revolutionaries

Before they were founders, they were fighters.



Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party
and the Making of America

By Benjamin L. Carp


On a December night in 1773, more than 46 tons of tea went into Boston Harbor on the evening of December 16, 1773. Scholar Benjamin Carp dives into the fascinating background to this galvanizing act of resistance, and profiles the men who took part in a historical moment that continues to resonate today.




Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry
and the Call to a New Nation

By Harlow Giles Unger


Henry was the first to call Americans to arms against the British, the first to demand a bill of rights, and the first to question the expansion of the post-Revolution government. Unger's new biography chronicles the exploits of one of America's most interesting—and little-known—founders.




George Washington's America:
A Biography Through His Maps

By Barnet Schecter


From his teens till he died, Washington drew and collected maps. In this brilliantly creative use of historical documents, Schecter uses the maps that Washington employed as a surveyor, a hard-fighting British officer, revolutionary general and statesman as a window into a man, and a world, on the cusp of dramatic change.



First Family: Abigail and John Adams

By Joseph J. Ellis


The closest advisor to America's second president was his wife, Abigail Adams. In this engrossing volume, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Founding Brothers takes readers into the lives of one of the most fascinating political couples in history. Based on their more than 1,200 letters to each other, the book is divided evenly between history and—are you surprised—love story.



Washington: A Life 

By Ron Chernow


Unlike other Washington biographers, National Book Award winner Chernow colors Washington with feeling and life in this nuanced portrait of a man few of his contemporaries could claim to know intimately. Following him from his troubled childhood through a surprisingly bloody martial career and into his celebrated leadership of a young nation, Chernow delivers a humanizing perspective on an almost universally venerated figure.


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.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.


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).