What could be more appropriate for the season of convivial gatherings than this illuminating, amusing, and recipe-filled history of "the flowing bowl"? David Wondrich, whose celebration of legendary barkeep Jerry Thomas (Imbibe!) earned him a James Beard award, here serves up an intoxicating brew for readers and for their guests.

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.