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Biographer Brian Jay Jones reveals the perfectionist who gained fame with his children’s books, but feared he was not taken seriously as an artist.
Journalist Alev Scott’s book ‘Ottoman Odyssey’ traverses the cultural and social history of the region to explain the present.
Michael J. Benton distills a career’s worth of paleontology discoveries into the engaging and colorful ‘Dinosaurs Rediscovered.’
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‘What I Stand On,’ a collection of the poet-farmer’s essays, argues for a societal shift away from a culture of destruction and consumption.
With four books by Asian American authors, Penguin Classics finally recognizes a long-overlooked genre of American literary and cultural tradition.
Uzma Jalaluddin’s debut novel ‘Ayesha at Last’ charms with its witty and insightful update of ‘Pride and Prejudice.’
Dorian Lynskey includes lengthy and not always relevant detail in his examination of the cultural impact of George Orwell’s ‘1984.’
Family history is reinvented and truth is mutable in Sarah Blake’s ‘The Guest Book,’ which follows three generations of a privileged East Coast clan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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