Displaying articles for: December 2009

Yours Ever

In this engrossing survey of the art of the letter, Thomas Mallon reads the mail of correspondents famous and obscure throughout history to celebrate, and memorialize, what may well be a vanished mode of everyday eloquence. Read Our Review Read more...

U is for Undertow

Ace private investigator Kinsey Millhone looks into a decades-old kidnapping and uncovers family secrets, false memory syndrome, and unexpected ties with her own complicated past. Read more...

Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time

A one-volume distillation of Joseph Frank’s masterful five-tome life of the Russian literary giant. Read more...

The Vintage Caper

The author of A Year in Provence returns with another lighthearted, easy-to-imbibe entertainment. Set largely in Hollywood and Marseilles, Mayle's new novel centers on the theft of an impressive lot of very expensive Bordeaux. Read more...

Footnotes in Gaza

The acclaimed cartoonist-reporter investigates a forgotten 1956 crime that left more than 100 Palestinians dead in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah. Read more...

Hallelujah Junction

Now in paperback, this autobiography by the composer of Nixon in China, Doctor Atomic, and many other notable contemporary scores offers an intimate portrait of his creative growth. Read more...

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

The classic first (1926) edition of H. W. Fowler’s style guide has been reissued with an introduction by David Crystal. Both idiosyncratic and indispensable, Fowler’s perspective and prescriptions on everything from the FUSED PARTICIPLE and the SPLIT INFINITIVE -- to say nothing of such unexpected entries as the ELEGANT VARIATION, LOVE OF THE LONG WORD, and STURDY INDEFENSIBLES -- make delightful reading for any word lover. Read more...

The Darkness

The fifth thriller featuring Manhattan newspaperman Henry Parker closes a two-book arc in which everything he thought he knew about himself -- and those he loves -- is turned upside down. Read more...

My Paper Chase

Harold Evans's account of his career at the Manchester Evening News and the Sunday Times (London) -- as an ambitious apprentice, fledgling reporter, accomplished journalist, and crusading editor -- is an absorbing, inspiring ode to the newspapering life, and the most enjoyable book I've read this year. Read more...

Salt to Taste

The chef-owner of the restaurants Hearth and Insieme offers a guide to the building blocks of sophisticated cooking. A lovely and edifying book. Read more...

Tiepolo Pink

One of the most intriguing literary minds of the modern era (author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and The Ruin of Kasch) illuminates the art of the eighteenth-century Venetian master Giambattista Tiepolo. Read more...

The Moon, Come to Earth

Originally published on McSweeney’s, Philip Graham’s dispatches from Lisbon -- where he spent a year with his wife and daughter -- explore the meeting of self and city with alert, subtle attention. Read more...

Talking About Detective Fiction

In this slim volume originally commissioned by Oxford University's Bodleian Library, one of the doyennes of the field delves into the joys and arts of her chosen genre. Read more...

All the World

“Rock, Stone, pebble, sand/Body, shoulder arm, hand/ A moat to dig/ a shell to keep/All the world is wide and deep.” Caldecott Honor winner Frazee has created detailed and lovely pictures to accompany Liz Garton Scanlon’s song celebrating awareness of the world around us. A joy to read aloud. Ages 3+. Read more...

The Museum of Innocence

Love and collecting in Istanbul: an ambitious new book by Turkey’s preeminent contemporary novelist. Read more...

The Lexicographer’s Dilemma

A sprightly introduction to the evolution of "proper" English, replete with grammatical developments, literary lore, and rules made to be broken. Read more...

Painting Today

A comprehensive, sumptuously produced tour of the past three decades of painting around the world. Read more...

The Lineup

Like the subtitle says, the world's greatest crime writers (including Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Ian Rankin, and Lee Child) tell the inside stories of their greatest detectives. Read more...

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.

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