Displaying articles for: December 2013

On Deck: Twelve to Watch for in 2014

A dozen books we're eagerly awaiting in the new year.

 

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Tales of Terroir

Wine tasting with two very distinctive palates.

 

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Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books

Can the work of a novelist who has made an art out of his alter egos be illuminated by a chronicle of his life?

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Dedicated to God

An oral history of the lives of the cloistered sheds light on life behind the walls of an American monastery.

 

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Not Realism, Just Real

Radical Polish mermaids, post-punk post-apocalypse, and record-setting kisses round out the year in YA reading.

 

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Editors' Picks for 2013: Nonfiction

The most intriguing, arresting, and informative works of nonfiction for 2013

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Editors' Picks for 2013: Fiction

Fifteen highlights from a glorious year for imaginative literature.

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Falling Upwards

As the craze for ballooning swept Europe, scientists and thrill seekers alike sought a god's-eye-view.

 

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The Streak

Elmore Leonard on fire.

 

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The Discovery of Middle Earth

How the Druids charted Europe (and the Romans took the credit).

 

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The Hunter and Other Stories

A fresh collection from the creator of Sam Spade and the Thin Man reveals a range that went beyond hard-boiled.

 

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Cow Country

Two new books chart the journey of meat and dairy from farm to table.

 

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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.