October 25, 2013

Provence, 1970, by Luke Barr: A Culinary Must-Read

In the winter of 1970, James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones came together in Provence – and Luke Barr’s retelling of that time is brilliant.

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October 24, 2013

James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room: The Way in to Baldwin’s Oeuvre

As James Baldwin's writing becomes available in ebook format, how does one choose where to start? How about with Giovanni's Room: a book he risked his career to write?

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October 23, 2013

Kelly Corrigan’s The Middle Place: A Memoir to Move You

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the title and the jacket, and then read it without even bothering to read the description or quotes?

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October 22, 2013

Talking Reams: A Q&A with Nicholas Basbanes, Author of On Paper

In his book On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History, award-winning investigative journalist Nicholas Basbanes writes about paper, from its invention in China two thousand years ago to its ideal means and more.

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October 21, 2013

Amity Gaige’s Schroder: Between the Lines

How should one approach a novel that riffs off another so scandalously and brilliantly it elicits grimaces nearly sixty years after publication?

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October 20, 2013

David Levithan's Two Boys Kissing: A Simple Premise, Complicated Story

Despite its sometimes heavy themes, David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing is very much a life-affirming, tender, and poignant salute to anyone who has ever struggled with their own identity.

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October 19, 2013

City Slicker in a Cowboy's Arms: Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis

Kyla Bennett's bad day just got a whole lot worse. After testifying at her ex-fiance's trial in Boston, Kyla hops a plane to Montana to meet her best friends and spend two weeks vacationing at the Whisper Creek Ranch. A vacation that's supposed to be fun ...

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