From the proper way to handle Aquavit to a bar's worth of variations on the Manhattan, Ward Sutton follows this charming odyssey in a cocktail glass.
The story of a German-Turkish railroad and Ottoman Empire's entry into World War I eerily foreshadows today's conflicts in the Middle East.
When the dashing hero is closed off from his own feelings, can love break through?
Bruce Chatwin called Sybille Bedford's classic of travel writing a "book of marvels," and Michael Dirda agrees.
Ward Sutton's visual review of Rebecca Traister's mashup of memoir and political history.
The acclaimed British playwright details the shyness and madness that were his family inheritance.
Four biographies of rock'n'roll greats try to place music legend in the world of documentable fact.
Eloisa James on four novels that illustrate why weddings in romances need to be more than just happy endings.
A slyly potent thriller that cocks an eyebrow at our trend-maddened culture.
The masterpiece of a 20th-century Swedish historical novelist who belongs in the company of Dumas, Sabatini, and Patrick O'Brian.
From the Stoics to the psychology lab, a quest to understand what makes us happy.
Yunte Huang's new study of the fictional detective yields far more than the history of a stereotype.
Memoir, history, and personal journey, this book about poetry and the Second World War is a telling, poignant, and singular testament.
An illustrated review of Lewis Hyde's new treatise about creativity in the public sphere.
The grown-up anthems of Arcade Fire.
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