April 12, 2013
The Fall of the House of Dixie is an original take on the Civil War and that critical period in U.S. history. Bruce Levine does not concentrate on battles or politics, but on the aftereffects on the psychology and social fabric of the South.
March 30, 2013
Eadweard Muybridge is the keystone to Edward Ball's rapturous retelling of a lawless nineteenth-century America, when a robber baron and an eccentric became the unlikely founders of modern cinema.
March 23, 2013
We aren't what we eat so much as how we eat. Consider the Fork is an anthropological study of how, since the beginning of our existence, humans have turned the necessity of eating into a way of life.
March 21, 2013
Set in seventeenth-century Japan, David Kirk's book tells the story of Bennosuke, son of a premier warrior, in line to become a great samurai, who, after a shocking event occurs, must confront his destiny.
March 9, 2013
New York: The Novel begins with the arrival of Dutch settlers in 1664 and ends in 2001 with the World Trade Center attack. Throughout this time, we follow the fictional Master family in New York society and the events that alter history.
February 28, 2013
Senator Feingold argues that in this post-9/11 era our failure to meet real challenges and tendency toward dumbed-down discourse is leaving us vulnerable to threats abroad and at home. Fortunately, it’s not too late to do something about it.
February 27, 2013
The author of Don't Play in the Sun discusses the hot topic colorism, how it affected her life, its global impact -- and calls for healing in ourselves and our communities.
February 25, 2013
Everyone does it, but not everyone talks about it. Some do it alone, some with another person. People do it all different ways. But how often does one peek into the science behind the action? Or, rather, the science under the sheets?
January 26, 2013
Edmund de Waal, the distinguished English potter and great-grandson of Viktor Ephrussi, takes us on a picaresque journey, back in time and across continents, to uncover the history of his family and the secrets of their fabled netsuke collection.
January 22, 2013
The author of Sugar in the Blood uses her own family history, from the seventeenth century through the present, as the pivot for an epic tale of migration, settlement, survival, slavery, and the making of the Americas.
January 17, 2013
The Pinkerton Agency dubbed May Dugas 'the most dangerous woman in the world.' In Maryka Biaggio’s historical novel set in 1917, she imagines the misadventures and international chase for this clever con artist.
January 3, 2013
Renowned history and travel writer William Dalrymple takes us on a fascinating trip to some of the world's most restrictive countries, from Syria to Iran to China and Turkey, as he recreates Marco Polo's incredible journey across Asia in the thirteenth century.
December 29, 2012
In Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, we come to understand the magical aura of the Kennedy years’ affinity with Camelot, through the authors’ superb accounting, explanation, and meaning of this national tragedy.
December 22, 2012
Walter Cronkite reassured millions of Americans each night as he delivered the news. Now Douglas Brinkley uncovers the personal and professional life of “the most trusted man in America,” and in doing so, tells the history of the world.
December 5, 2012
This biography of General Alex Dumas is packed with adventure and reveals the incredible life that inspired his son, renowned author Alexandre Dumas, to create one of the greatest characters in literature, The Count of Monte Cristo.