| Apr 10, 2011
Hearts Touched by Fire
The Best of "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War"
Edited by Harold Holzer
Modern Library: 1,264 pp., $38
The Civil War
The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It
Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears and Aaron Sheehan-...
| Apr 8, 2011
| 12:19 PM
When you regard an author as the best of her generation, and among the best of any generation, and you read just about everything she's ever written - which includes, in the case of Joyce Carol Oates, dozens and dozens of novels and short-story...
| Apr 13, 2011
"I do not accept the claim of saintliness," said Mohandas Gandhi in 1920, when he had not yet been given the spiritual title of "mahatma." "I am prone to as many weaknesses as you are."
These words are quoted at the very outset of "Great Soul," and...
| Apr 15, 2011
Arthur Marx, a veteran television writer, playwright, celebrity biographer and memoirist who wrote extensively about an often fractious life with his father, comedic legend Groucho Marx, has died. He was 89 and died of natural causes Thursday at his Los...
| Apr 22, 2011
Earth could use a biography. Tim Flannery has delivered a provocative one in time for Earth Day.
Despite the rising level of greenhouse gases warming the Blue Planet and the failure to unite governments behind efforts to arrest the trend, Flannery is...
| Apr 29, 2011
| 8:24 AM
After the long angry mutter of winter, spring is a glorious happy shout. And what better way to celebrate its coming than with a book that is physically beautiful and emotionally transporting? Reading Molly Peacock's new biography "The Paper Garden: An...
| Feb 23, 2011
Contemporary history is seldom as relevant and engaging as Douglas Waller's new biography, "Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage," which is — by turns — fascinatingly instructive and thoroughly...
| Mar 12, 2011
Want to sell cars for a Toyota dealership in Massachusetts? Develop software for a company in Virginia? Shoot video for the Department of the Interior?
Those jobs are out there, but not in the "Help Wanted" section of the newspaper. They're not on...
| Mar 6, 2011
Ah, the sounds of spring. The crack of the bat, the smack of the ball hitting the catcher's mitt, the ka-ching of cash registers totaling up sales of books on baseball out this season.
Just as ESPN seems to lean toward the American League East for...
| May 2, 2011
| 3:13 PM
"Raggin' Jazzin' Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers"
By Susan VanHecke
Boyds Mills Press, $17.95, ages 11-15
This book is not well served by the first three words of its title, though the subtitle helps somewhat. We're not talking...