A New Literary History of America

An innovative recipe book of the imagination, with scores of brief and often brilliant essays by a wide range of contributors, exploring the provenance and flavors of cornucopia of ingredients. From Cabeza de Vaca and Anne Bradstreet to Bellow and Morrison and everyone in between, with a scope broad and brave enough to include Louis Armstrong and Irving Berlin, Charlie Chaplin and Citizen Kane, the skyscraper and Alcoholics Anonymous, Tarzan and the denizens of Oz, Geroge Washington’s farewell address and FDR’s first Fireside Chat. Contributors include Jonathon Lethem, Richard Powers, Camille Paglia, Walter Mosley, David Bradley on Malcolm X and Mary Gaitskill on Norman Mailer. Extraordinary!

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.