In our media-saturated Age of Celebrity, it can be hard to fathom that there was once a time when people were not famous merely for being famous. While today we think of Oscar Wilde as an eminent playwright and novelist, he was one of the first self-made public figures, who crafted his persona and gained widespread renown long before he had done anything of much note. An early impetus behind his fame was a lecture tour he made to the United States in 1882, when he was only 27 years old and the author of one tepidly reviewed, self-published volume of verse.
This month's best romances feature a saucy courtroom affair, a paranormal fairy tale and a Scottish spinster who finds an unlikely match in a charming prince.
This month's Lifestyles column features a guide to sewing by the numbers, a guide to cultivating a high-style home and a reference book for earth-conscious eating.
This month's best new cookbooks feature meals for the time-challenged, a food writer's journey through her culinary fumbles and more vegetarian delights from the celebrated Ottolenghi.
Three novels exploring the complexity and resilience of the human spirit make great picks for reading groups this month.
September is a big month for mysteries this year, both in terms of excellence and page count (close to 2,000 pages in the four books here—truly a reviewer’s marathon!). If ever there were a month deserving of four Top Picks, this is it.
This month's best new romances feature an estrangled couple seeking a reunion, a rip-roarin' paranormal adventure and a contemporary story with a Gothic-inspired hero.
This month's Lifestyles column features the secrets and science behind the world's best coffee drinks, a quick guide to opening your own online store and a charming DIY guide to book making.
This month's best new cookbooks feature fast and easy recipes for Indian dishes, a seriously inventive take on the classics and a guide to artisinal bread-baking.
Millions of readers love The Great Gatsby, but perhaps none more than Maureen Corrigan. In her enthusiastic new book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, the NPR book reviewer and Georgetown University lecturer makes an impassioned case that Fitzgerald’s novel should be a strong contender for the “Great American Novel.” Fair enough. She also argues that while most educated readers have read the book, few have given it the consideration it deserves. In view of its enduring stature and sales, this is a hard claim to disprove, but, certainly, few of us have spent as much time with the novel as Corrigan, who, by her own estimate, has read Gatsby some 50 times.