Displaying articles for: October 2010

The Essential New York Times Cookbook

A writer's dive into a hundred and fifty years of recipes results in a delectable abstract of American cooking's evolution. Reviewed by Heller McAlpin.

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Barbecue

Was the pig roast the most important discovery Europeans made in the New World?

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The World Ahead

Recommended reading from Foreign Affairs.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A celebration of the genius of Washington Irving and the enduring imaginative life of his greatest tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

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The Instructions

A precocious boy sets himself against injustice and casts himself as a new Messiah in Adam Levin's darkly comic, epic-length debut.

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The Masque of Africa

Returning to Africa in his first travel book in more than a decade, the Nobel Laureate examines African belief, and believers.

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The Wake of Forgiveness

A South Texas drama of fathers, sons, and horses unfolds with Faulknerian grandeur.

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The Hard Way Around

A master biographer goes in pursuit of Joshua Slocum, first solo voyager around the globe and author of the classic Sailing Alone Around the World.

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Best Friends Forever

Why are women's friendships so inadequately caught in the pages of books? asks Jessa Crispin.

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The Moral Landscape

A prominent "new atheist" argues reveal that morality falls well within the area of inquiry that is governed by science.

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American Colossus

A sweeping survey of Gilded Age America traces the rise of modern wealth, and its power.

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The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964

A two CD-set of Dylan's original publishers' demo recordings, including such classics as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."

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Our Kind of Traitor

The author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy returns with a characteristically compelling tale of the defection of a Russian billionaire.

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Juan the Landless

The Spanish novelist updates his 1975 novel, which explores the half-century impact of his country's devastating civil war.

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The Hellhound of Wall Street

A timely biography of Ferdinand Pecora, whose reforms shaped modern financial markets in the wake of the Great Depression. 

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The Finkler Question

This year's Booker Prize winner is a  talkative, masterful comedy that delights and disturbs.

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Great House

A desk passes from writer to writer, mapping the connections between them.

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What Technology Wants

A co-founder of Wired celebrates the liberating—and sometimes intoxicating—fruits of humanity's technological progress.

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The False Friend

An alpha-female of the schoolyard is visited by the memory of a haunting crime.

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Create Dangerously

The award-winning novelist on the suffering in her Haitian birthplace, and the role of the immigrant artist.

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Washington: A Life

"Far and away the best biography of George Washington ever written," Ron Chernow's life offers a surprising portrait of a man of fierce temper—and tears, too.

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Nemesis

A new novel on a polio outbreak in Newark in the 1940s brings Philip Roth's recent series of short fictions into surprising focus.

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Where Good Ideas Come From

A stimulating and wide-ranging investigation of the genesis of innovation, by a culturally omnivorous reader and thinker (you'll learn a lot).

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The Pleasure Seekers

Enjoyments both physical and otherwise can wind up both a purpose of life, and a perpetual danger, suggests this warm-hearted family tale.

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Haunted History

The ghosts of America's past are summoned in these books of verse.

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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.