Displaying articles for: December 2011

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

Following "the simple path between eating well and feeling happy."

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Next Up: Coming in 2012

Twenty forthcoming works that augur happy reading in the new year.

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The Death of King Arthur and Seeing Stars

The poet's new translation of a medieval Arthurian epic -- and some new enchantments of his own.

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End Times

Cruelty and consolation in the last days of the Roman Empire.

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The Truth about Marie

Mysteries of identity and the shadow of madness haunt the new novel from the author of Running Away.

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Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

The voice! The ego! The drama!

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Year's Best Reading 2011: Editors' Picks

Our favorite books of the year -- in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Beyond Category.

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The Art-Architecture Complex

Where image-making and space-shaping meet.

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Getting Real: Best Young Adult Fiction of 2011

Ten great books for younger readers.

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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

A Hollywood star's inventive legacy.

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The Third Reich

A study in slow-burning suspense from the author of 2666.

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The Cult of LEGO

How the blocks and "minifigs" have leapt the gap from toy to obsession.

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Death Comes to Pemberley

A murder mystery set in the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

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Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism

The author who believed that "the humanities and arts need repeated injections of amateurism" delivers another shot in the arm.

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War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team

How an NFL coach scouted a path to victory.

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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.

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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.

Landline

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.