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.
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.
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.
An espionage thriller, a touching beach read and a perceptive new novel from Michael Cunningham make for great listening.
Three of the most highly anticipated novels from 2013 are now available in paperback, and they're sure to spark discussion in your reading group.
The best new mysteries take readers around the globe—from the Somali coast to Bankgkok, Barcelona and New York City.
This month's best new cookbooks feature homemade ice creams, marinades for summer grilling and fruit-focused recipes for every season.
Consider one of these novels—now out in paperback—for your book club's next read.