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My So-Called Life: The Complete Series

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My So-Called Life: The Complete Series

Barbara Spindel ×

My So-Called Life nailed so many iconic moments of teenage girlhood that some viewers must have wondered how series creator Winnie Holzman got access to their diaries. Obsessive crush on the...
Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery

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Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery

James Mustich ×

In its elegant, quiet way, this may be the most visually compelling book I’ve come across this season. Displaying artistic treasures housed in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, it...
The Principles of Uncertainty

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The Principles of Uncertainty

Victoria C. Rowan ×

Maira Kalman’s genius for divining the delicious Dadaism in everydayness has made her a successful author of magically absurd children’s books (behold this emblematic title: Swami on...
Shakespeare: The World as Stage

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Shakespeare: The World as Stage

Thomas De Pietro Thomas DePietro ×

What a match: Bill Bryson, expat American with a well-known love of the English language (see The Mother Tongue, 1990), takes on the life of Will Shakespeare (1564-1616), with his exceedingly...
Queens of Havana

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Queens of Havana

Tess Taylor ×

The 1920s and ’30s were the heyday of Cuban jazz and son, and Havana’s clubs were overflowing. But the music was all made by men, until, during the hard years after a crash in the...
A Free Life

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A Free Life

Reviewed by Amelia Atlas ×

The award-winning author of Waiting traces an immigrant family's American odyssey.
Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project

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Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

Selected from the wide-reaching oral history project StoryCorps, 49 voices tell their own wildly diverse true stories.
Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

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Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

Reviewed by Daniel Menaker ×

A Navy psychologist's tour of
duty, trying to heal the terrible
inner wounds of war.
LOCUSTS AMOK

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LOCUSTS AMOK

by Kate Christensen ×

Novelist Kate Christensen revists the deceptively entertaining prose of a gimlet-eyed observer of human nature.

Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure

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Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure

Reviewed by David Abrams ×

Wisecracking swordsmen wander the ancient world in Chabon's take on armchair adventure.
Transit Maps of the World

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Transit Maps of the World

Victoria C. Rowan ×

What if the planet could one day be circumnavigated by mass transit? Reimagine that familiar flattened map, no longer with continents separated by oceans but rather connected by a network of...
1080 Recipes

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1080 Recipes

Amy Benfer ×

Spanish cuisine, once the neglected stepchild of European culinary exports, has come into its own in the United States, thanks to a recent resurgence in tapas bars and specialty restaurants...