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About the Author

Danny Heitman, a columnist for The Baton Rouge Advocate, is the author of A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House.

See You in the Piazza

TRAVEL

See You in the Piazza

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The author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" is back with another collection of moments gleaned from a life in a seemingly timeless setting.
Varina

FICTION

Varina

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In the new novel from the author of "Cold Mountain," the cataclysm of the Civil War is seen through a unique pair of eyes.
Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age

CULTURAL STUDIES

Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age

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Sven Birkets asks: is our anxiety amid the welter of new technologies an unprecedented crisis? Or the same old distracted story? Review by Danny Heitman.
South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature

literature

South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature

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The lay of the land which birthed some of America's greatest writing, in the private lives of Faulkner, Welty, Harper Lee, and others.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

HISTORY

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

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Erik Larson's study of a post-Titanic ship's end proves again why he is "the architect of a genre he's essentially created -- history as literary thriller." Review by Danny Heitman.
Essays After Eighty

ESSAYS

Essays After Eighty

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A still-vigorous U.S. Poet Laureate's view of octogenarian life: concision, health battles, and growing a very long beard. Review by Danny Heitman.
The Meaning of Human Existence

Reviews & Essays

The Meaning of Human Existence

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Mankind - origins, our unique place in the universe, and what the future of the species holds - in about two hundred pages.
Under Magnolia

Reviews & Essays

Under Magnolia

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The author who famously moved to a sun-drenched European villa recollects her childhood in the American South.

The Hidden White House

Reviews & Essays

The Hidden White House

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President Truman confronted a postwar world in collapse -- and a collapsing home to boot.

Elsewhere: A Memoir

Reviews & Essays

Elsewhere: A Memoir

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A novelist reveals the real-life inspiration for his hard-luck fiction.

Spring Cleaning

Reviews & Essays

Spring Cleaning

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The painful task of saying goodbye to good books.

Earth Works: Selected Essays

Reviews & Essays

Earth Works: Selected Essays

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A new collection highlights the Emersonian bent of a midwestern writer.