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Set in Paris and the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Isabella Hammad's debut novel ‘The Parisian’ contemplates issues of longing and belonging.
Historian David McCullough’s ‘The Pioneers’ focuses on the individuals beyond the myths of settling the Northwest Territory.
Another side of Hepburn emerges in Robert Matzen’s book about her difficult childhood and how it shaped her as an actress and as a humanitarian.
Cultural critic Damon Young discusses his memoir ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,’ and its goal of filling gaps in racial perceptions.
Our 10 best picks for May celebrate lively fiction, true-life adventure, and the history of America's post-Civil War Reconstruction era.
Maida Heatter’s cookbook is a keeper thanks to the decadent recipes, including zingy gingerful biscotti and ethereal orange puff cake.
Political biographer Robert A. Caro lays out his writing process as a memoir, revealing useful techniques and telling encounters from his career.
Shapiro views her parents differently in light of her discovery. And her struggle is growing more common as DNA services like 23andMe become popular.
Richard Holbrooke’s “almost great” diplomatic career provides a metaphor for U.S. foreign policy and the end of American intervention.
A reader looks for books that are similar to ‘The Story of Britain.’ Among others, we recommend ‘A Brief History of France’ and ‘A Mighty Fortress.’
Robert O’Connell, author of ‘Revolutionary: George Washington at War,’ explains how the first American president left such a strong mark in history.
Tyler Kepner loves baseball, and his book will make you love it too. His history of the game uses stories of career-making pitches as the narrative structure.
Ruth Reichl, the last editor-in-chief of Condé Nast's iconic Gourmet magazine, spins a fascinating tale of her time in magazine publishing.
Bridgett Davis writes a loving tribute to her mother, a black woman with few job options who found a solution in the numbers game.
A reader looks for book recommendations that explore life in Egypt or Iran. Our suggestions include 'The Makana Investigation' series.
We recommend an excellent history of the Apollo 11 mission, Alexander McCall Smith’s foray into the Scandinavian crime novel genre, and other gems.
'The League of Wives' traces the challenges they faced, including stonewalling by Congress and dismissal by Pentagon brass.
Stuart Kells explores the source materials that would have been necessary to write all those plays and poems.
Michael King builds an evocative Southern landscape in his novel 'At Briarwood School for Girls,' but his powers ultimately don't extend to creating fully realized characters.
In the American Civil War, Confederate leaders fought for states' rights and to keep slaves, but the North's motivations were more complex.
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