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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

By MICHAEL POLLAN

The author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma offers his take on diet, nutrition, and health in the 21st century.

Posted by × January 22, 2008 ×

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Someone Knows My Name

Someone Knows My Name

By Lawrence Hill

An African girl’s 18th-century odyssey, into (and out of) bondage in the New World.

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

READING ROMANCE

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

By ELOISA JAMES

One of the novel’s great themes — coming of age as an adult — is also one of the most powerful drivers of many tales of romance.

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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Helvetica

Helvetica

Directed by GARY HUSTWIT

A film about a typeface? Yes. And not just for typophiles. Gary Hustwit’s witty, provocative, and unexpectedly entertaining documentary about Helvetica, the clean, smooth, durable set of letters which sprang from Switzerland’s Haas Type Foundry 50 years ago and rapidly […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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O Lucky Man!

O Lucky Man!

Directed by LINDSAY ANDERSON

Malcolm MacDowell first appeared on screen as Mick Travis in If?, Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 film about rebellion in an English private school. Five years later, Anderson and MacDowell brought Travis back in O Lucky Man!, a film exhilarating contradictions: intricately […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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Blade Runner

Blade Runner

Directed by RIDLEY SCOTT

Let us stipulate from the outset that you are not the kind of person in the market for the “Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Blade Runner,” which comes in a miniature briefcase and contains more versions of this 1982 classic […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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A Reef in Time

A Reef in Time

By J.E.N. VERNON

Marine biologist J.E.N. Vernon calls his research subject “Nature’s pinnacle of achievement in the ocean realm,” and The Reef in Time: The Great Barrier Reef from Beginning to End makes an outstanding case for the truth of that simple statement. […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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The Pleasures of the Damned

The Pleasures of the Damned

By CHARLES BUKOWSKI

black sparrow press was sold in 2002, renamedblack sparrow books, founder john martin retiringandthe name of charles bukowski stripped from its catalogue.bukowski who made martin and sparrow famous, orwas it the other way around,or maybeevena two-way street?but like their website […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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Around the World: The Grand Tour in Photo Albums

Around the World: The Grand Tour in Photo Albums

Directed by LINDSAY ANDERSON

While it’s hard to picture from our tech-saturated perspective, there was a time when refrigerators were so newfangled that they came with a manual that was also a cookbook for use with this unheard-of device. Reading Around the World: The […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss

By ERIC WEINER

As a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Eric Weiner has spent much of his career traveling to some of the world’s least happy places — Iraq and Afghanistan among them. With his first book, The Geography of Bliss: One […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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Watchman

Watchman

By IAN RANKIN

Ian Rankin’s early novel, “Watchman,” followed the first of his books starring Inspector John Rebus, the whiskey-tinctured, smoke-cured misanthrope of Auld Reekie. Sunny only by comparison with Rebus, Miles Flint, another Scot, is an MI5 agent who lives in the […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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Do You Believe?

Do You Believe?

Interviews by ANTONIO MONDA

Teacher and filmmaker Antonio Monda interviewed eighteen prestigious figures from the arts for this book, although the word “interviewed” overstates it a touch: “polled” might be better, given that his questions focus, like those of a telemarketer, on a single […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro

My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro

Edited by JEFFREY EUGENIDES

The sparrow in the title of this anthology was one prong of an inconvenient love triangle described by the Latin poet Gaius Catullus in 84 B.C. The pet bird belonged to a girl who was loved by the poet and, […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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The Perfect Scent

The Perfect Scent

By CHANDLER BURR

Perfume — love it or hate it, you probably don’t know much about how it’s made or the people who make it. Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic (yes, you heard me right), would like to change that. […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×

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Comrade J

Comrade J

By PETER EARLEY

Sergei Tretyakov, the Comrade J of this fascinating book’s title, was Russia’s top spy in America from 1995 to 2000. During his more than 120 hours speaking with author Peter Earley, the New York-based Tretyakov describes exactly how Russian intelligence […]

Posted by × January 21, 2008 ×