An Australian art critic probes the past of his family – Austrian Jews who enjoyed one of Vienna's grandest eras, only to lose it all in the face of World War II.
This collection of 2011 poetry offers both consolation and honest assessment in the face of a difficult year.
Why some of the candidates who lost the race for president ultimately had a bigger impact than many of those who won.
Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda offers a love letter to Arthur Conan Doyle, the author he credits with changing his life.
After decades in Afghanistan, a Monitor journalist offers a memoir and field report.
Chronicling the world's holiest city
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The main case in John Grisham's 24th novel fails to offer enough twists and turns to hook this reader.
Looking for a cookbook that delivers – in equal shares – rigor, wit, and great recipes? "The Food52 Cookbook" may become your new best friend.
How do you best define a country? Chinese author Yu Hua summarizes his homeland in 10 words.
What did FDR feel on Dec. 7, 1941? Historian Steven M. Gillon brings the day Pearl Harbor was bombed into sharp relief.
An opulent novel based on the life of Auguste Escoffier, the 'king of chefs and chef of kings.'
The first serious biography of counterculture hero Kurt Vonnegut reveals a man wounded by his childhood and full of contradictions as an adult.
Two mothers – one in the US, one in Guatemala – seek the same child in this exposé of the abuses of the international adoption system.
Alice Hoffman offers a feminist take on the siege of Masada in what may be her best novel yet.
Biographer Robert K. Massie gives us a Catherine the Great who is ever interesting and intelligent – but not necessarily admirable.
Stephen King whisks readers back to 1963 in a piece of time-traveling historical fiction that asks: What if JFK had survived?
Journalist Nicholas Blanford's comprehensive account of the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel is well-paced and gripping.
Didion's devastating new memoir explores loss in all its forms, to powerful effect.
In Brooklyn, a battle pits Jew against Jew.
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