This refreshing dual biography of the third and fourth Presidents of the U.S., by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, depicts these Founders not as plaster saints, but as feisty young idealists—and pals, strivers, and conquerors to boot.
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December 12: "As the final bars of the British national anthem echoed around the arena, the Union flag was lowered."
Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.
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