Displaying articles for: December 2011

Cruelty & Laughter

Surveying an impolite world that talked much about politeness.

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Grant's Final Victory

An examination of the once-mighty general's tumultuous last year, 1884-85.

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Losing It

The history of old age.

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War

A doomed plan with a momentous legacy.

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All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art

A savory guide to mastery of the oven.

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Outlaws Inc.

How the world's most dangerous smugglers supply the black market.

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Bocca

A new vision of Italian cooking built on some extraordinary ingredients.

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The Brixton Brothers Series

An homage to the Hardy Boys that delivers thrills and laughs.

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.