in paperback: Michael O'Brien's fascinating chronicle of a first lady's journey
across Europe as an escaped Napoleon makes a renewed bid for power. Our
reviewer, Max Byrd, called it "an irresistible adventure story and a
brilliant portrait of Louisa Adams [wife of John Quincy Adams, our 6th
president] that ought to rescue her for good from half exotic obscurity."
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…