The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
Library of America, $40
Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best.
Jean Strouse, preface by Colm Tóibín
New York Review Books, $17.95 paper
The acclaimed biographer of financier J.P. Morgan chronicles the brief but brilliant life of the younger sister of William and Henry James.
The Almanac of American Politics, 2012
Michael Barone and Chuck McCutcheon
University of Chicago Press, $85, paper
A must for political junkies, the almanac offers timely narrative profiles of all 50 states and 435 House districts and profiles of every member of Congress.
And so It Goes
Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
Charles J. Shields
Henry Holt, $30
The first authorized biography of the writer who changed the conversation in American letters.