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Smile When You’re Lying

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Smile When You’re Lying

Janet Steen ×

It’s no shock to hear that writing for travel magazines involves a lot of airbrushing to make things prettier. After all, the industry that publishes them, fueled by advertising, wants...
33 1/3: Greatest Hits, Volume Two

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33 1/3: Greatest Hits, Volume Two

Rob Sheffield ×

33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 is a sampler of highs and lows from the long-running book series, where music critics riff on their favorite albums. In true rock ‘n’ roll fashion, the...
Creole

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Creole

Amy Benfer ×

Combining Asian, African, and Indian influences with European preparations, creole is the classic fusion cuisine. Babette de RoziŠres, who learned to cook from her grandmother while growing up...
Hearts of Darkness

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Hearts of Darkness

Thomas DePietro ×

This re-release of Hearts of Darkness (1991), a documentary on the making of Francis Coppola’s legendary Apocalypse Now (released in 1979), affords us unprecedented entry into the...
Hotel: An American History

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Hotel: An American History

Barbara Spindel ×

After his inauguration, George Washington embarked on a tour of the United States to bolster support for its fledgling government; sadly, the poor guy could barely find a decent place to rest his...
The Year’s Best Reading

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The Year’s Best Reading

Compiled by James Mustich ×

Our contributors select the most memorable reading of 2007 -- both contemporary and classic (Part One of Two).
The Letters of E. B. White

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The Letters of E. B. White

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

The life and work of the cherished stylist, illuminated by his correspondence.
The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

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The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton
Winter’s Tales

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Winter’s Tales

by Michael Dirda ×

A host of haunting stories, made to savor by a December fireside.

The Genetic Strand

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The Genetic Strand

Barbara Spindel ×

In his 1998 National Book Award winner Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball examined the legacy of his southern clan?s slaveowning past. The Genetic Strand is also an exploration of Ball?s ancestry,...
Around the World on Two Wheels

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Around the World on Two Wheels

Bill Tipper ×

By the late 19th century, much of the world had been newly linked by the ever-expanding web of steamships, railroads, and telegraphs. The ordinary Western tourist could, with luck and...
The Bible: A Biography

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The Bible: A Biography

Sheri Holman ×

For many, the Bible is the Word of God, written by Him, discovered by Man as if left in the drawer of some ancient hotel bedside table. Karen Armstrong’s The Bible: A Biography, the latest...