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52 Loaves

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52 Loaves

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The author of The $64 Tomato humorously and thoughtfully kneads his obsessive quest for the perfect crust, a mission that leads him, and the reader, to a baking school in Paris, a...

Why Translation Matters

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Why Translation Matters

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The acclaimed translator of Don Quixote, García Márquez, and Vargas Llosa defends the importance of the apprehension and comprehension her vocation fosters....
The Bag Lady Papers

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The Bag Lady Papers

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Down and out on the Upper East Side.

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Jonathan Alter

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Jonathan Alter

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Books that illuminate turning points in our nation's history.

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Mixed (Up) Reviews — I

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Golf

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Golf

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Humor, drama, and history on the links.

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Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

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Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

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Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Daniel Okrent's new history of America's singular experiment in mass sobriety.

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"The Genius They Forgot"

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"The Genius They Forgot"

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May 17: On this day in 1873 the innovative British novelist Dorothy Richardson was born. While Richardson may not be "the genius they forgot" (the subtitle of one biography), she was once...
The First Leaves of Grass

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The First Leaves of Grass

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May 15: On this day in 1855 Walt Whitman registered the title Leaves of Grass with the clerk of the United States District Court, New York, clearing the way for the first edition,...
Pops as Pop

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Pops as Pop

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Robert Christgau on the enduring power of Louis Armstrong's horn -- and voice.

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Design and Truth

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Design and Truth

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A vision of an ethical design that honestly approaches its environment and endeavors to cooperate with it.

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Deep Creek

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Deep Creek

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A historical thriller set in the Idaho Territory in 1887, this riveting tale was inspired by a massacre of Chinese gold miners and the pursuit of their killers by a small-town judge....

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