Displaying articles for: May 2011

The Tao of Travel

The globe-trotting author celebrates the art of travel writing in a collection aimed to spark the reader's wanderlust.


Berlin 1961

In one of the Cold War's most resonant skirmishes, Nikita Khruschev  put the new American leadership to the test.


Ghost in a Red Hat

Past and present collide in an assemblage of poems "whipped together by windstorm and fire."



The high flights and disastrous crashes of the cycle-jumping daredevil.


Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

The Aerosmith singer's memoir offers self-reflection and self-promotion in equal measure, and at full volume.


Is Journalism Worth Dying For?

A posthumous collection of essays celebrates the crusading spirit of a Russian reporter and writer.


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
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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.