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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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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).