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  • Review: 'The Silkworm' by Robert Galbraith

    Review: 'The Silkworm' by Robert Galbraith
    In "The Silkworm," J.K. Rowling's entertaining second novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith, private detective Cormoran Strike searches for the missing husband of Leonora Quine only to uncover his bizarre murder. "Seven plates and seven sets of...
  • Review: 'His Ownself' by Dan Jenkins

    Review: 'His Ownself' by Dan Jenkins
    Dan Jenkins may not be the greatest sportswriter of the 20th Century but he is indisputably in the same ballpark with such people as Grantland Rice, Ring Lardner, Red Smith, Jim Murray, Frank Deford and Gary Smith. There are others, of course, some of...
  • 'Liberty's Torch' reveals a statue with a storied past

    'Liberty's Torch' reveals a statue with a storied past
    Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is an all-but-forgotten figure in American history. He was, however, responsible for one of the most enduring symbols of the United States: the Statue of Liberty. A Frenchman from Alsace, he conceived, designed, sold and...
  • 'Nature's God' explores 'heretical origins' of religion in U.S.

    'Nature's God' explores 'heretical origins' of religion in U.S.
    Matthew Stewart wants to make one thing perfectly clear: The United States was not founded as a Christian nation. The principles that inspired the American Revolution, he argues in "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic," belong...
  • 'West of the Revolution' charts the 1776 American frontier

    'West of the Revolution' charts the 1776 American frontier
    As America's founders gathered in Philadelphia in 1776, two Franciscans named Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Francisco Silvestre Velez de Escalante began a journey west from Santa Fe, N.M., hoping to find a way to the Pacific Coast. Negotiating with...
  • Lisa See on 'China Dolls'

    Lisa See on 'China Dolls'
    In Lisa See's best-selling novel "Shanghai Girls" (2009) and her memoir "On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family" (1995), the author mines the history of Chinese immigrants from the old country to the United States and...
  • The Biblioracle: James Baldwin still a class act

    The Biblioracle: James Baldwin still a class act
    The best part about working at a college is that I'm pretty much the dumbest person around. It's not that I think I'm particularly dumb, it's just that I'm surrounded by people who know a lot of really interesting stuff. It is simultaneously...
  • Top 25: What corporate America is reading, May 2014

    800-CEO-READ, a leading direct supplier of book-based resources compiles a monthly list of best-selling business books based on purchases by its corporate customers nationwide. Here are the best sellers for May 2014, plus descriptions of the Top 10. 1....
  • Review: 'The Most Dangerous Book' by Kevin Birmingham

    Review: 'The Most Dangerous Book' by Kevin Birmingham
    On June 16, 1904, the young James Joyce first spent time with Nora Barnacle. Each year on that date, called "Bloomsday," that encounter is celebrated everywhere by the writer's devotees — though the celebration is of an imagined, not actual, event....
  • Review: 'No Country' by Kalyan Ray

    Review: 'No Country' by Kalyan Ray
    Ships set sail from Ireland to India; from Ireland to Canada; from Italy to America and everywhere in between, in Kalyan Ray's new epic novel, "No Country." As Ray tells it, "no country" has many meanings: it is abandonment, it is loss of identity, it...
  • Billy Idol and 'The Powerpuff Girls' return

    "WHAT MAKES a work literature, and who gets to decide?" That is the question posited in Evgenia Peretz's big Vanity Fair take-out (take down?) of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donna Tartt and her remarkably successful, massive and controversial novel...