Three acclaimed novels focused on history and family dynamics are sure to spark discussion in your reading groups this month.
This month's best new cookbooks feature signature American dishes, a guide to canning and preserving and a collection of recipes from New York's finest chefs.
The best new mysteries include a standalone Scandinavian thriller, murderous mothers and daughters and a tale of Cold War espionage.
A whodunit inspired by classic literature, a tour-de-force story of a conflicted artist and the latest from Robert Galbraith (also known as J.K. Rowling) make for great listening this month.
This month's Lifestyles column includes one-yard sewing projects, a fascinating history of our most useful plants and a look into the local food movement.
This month's best new romances include a friendship taken to the next level, a romantic suspense featuring NSA black ops and an earl tries to find love without his title.
I once belonged to a reading group where one member, no matter what book we were discussing, would invariably ask, “Who would you cast as . . . ?” In all fairness, he was a screenwriter, but his perennial need to graft the face of some Hollywood star onto a given character in a novel could be irritating. As I read Peter Mendelsund’s quirky and fascinating What We See When We Read, I came to the realization that this casting device may have been this reader’s imperfect way of visualizing what he was reading.
War and Peace. The very title incites both awe and no small measure of dread in many a reader’s heart. Indisputably one of the major achievements of the western literary canon—many would argue the greatest—Tolstoy’s masterwork is daunting in length and scope. At some 1,500 pages (depending on the typeface, of course), divided into 361 chapters, with nearly 600 characters, its sprawling narrative spans the eight years of Napoleon’s 1805-1812 invasion of Russia and beyond. It is a perennial bestseller, but how many who buy it actually read it?
This month's best new romances feature a nail-biting FBI investigation, a stubborn earl's daughter and an unlikely pair at a mountain resort.
This month's Lifestyles column encourages hands-on scientific exploration for children and adults alike.