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 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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.