Founded by The Morning News online magazine, the Tournament of Books has 16 titles face off bracket-style for the title of best book of 2013.
Stories from dads who cook, by fathers from Mario Batali to Stephen King.
The bizarre story of how the planet Earth came to be represented on paper.
The Monitor's language columnist considers research that shows the real advantage middle-class parents give their children is that they talk to them.
Christopher Guest displays his musical talents, quirky 'This American Life' puts out a second DVD, Martin Luther King Day offers a chance to make a difference, and more.
Sarah Vowell offers her witty take on the Puritans who settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.