Artistry, eloquence, and secrets in the written word.



Script & Scribble

By Kitty Burns Florey


In this engaging, witty, and thought-provoking book by the author of Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming, we observe the history of handwriting from the evolution of writing implements to the grace and rigor of the Palmer Method, drilled into Florey at Catholic school.



In Lincoln's Hand

Edited by Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk


This companion volume to the Library of Congress 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition offers a fascinating portrait of our sixteenth president through reproductions of his handwritten letters, speeches, and childhood notebooks. Even his most famous words are imbued with an unfamiliar intimacy.



Sex, Lies, and Handwriting

By Michelle Dresbold with James Kwalwasser


From the only civilian to be invited to the Secret Service's Advanced Document Examination training program comes this astounding explanation of how penmanship analysis can reveal the secrets of cold-blooded criminals, cheating co-workers, and even innocent scribblers.




The Calligrapher's Bible

By David Harris


Clear, concise, and simple-to-follow, this copiously illustrated compendium of 100 styles offers instruction for beginners as well as plenty of lettering lore for the already accomplished calligrapher. The complete alphabets for each style are accompanied by brief histories. Includes advice on proper tools and materials.



21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

By Patrick O'Brian


Three chapters from the pen of the beloved maritime novelist Patrick O'Brian, comprising the beginnings of his last, and sadly unfinished, Aubrey/Maturin adventure. This edition contains both a printed version with O'Brian's corrections and a facsimile of the manuscript as rendered by the master's own pen.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).