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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:16:19 -0400One of New Orleans' favorite desserts is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, and its infamous practices.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400Champagne shouldn't be just for special occasions, says wine writer David White. He explains how to choose it, how to pair it with food and how small growers are changing the industry.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:42:00 -0400Move over, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — a grumpy man may soon take your place as America's favorite fictional Swede. The film adaptation of the best-seller A Man Called Ove is now coming to the U.S.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400Steven Price's hefty new novel stars William Pinkerton, whose father founded the famous detective agency that bears his name, plus a colorful cast of Victorian ne'er-do-wells. And a severed head.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:32:00 -0400Lloyd's journey to success was long and hard-fought. In her new memoir, she describes how she nearly quit playing soccer and reveals painful details about her strained relationship with her parents.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:20:00 -0400George has had many close calls, but did you know he once outran the Nazis? Despite some dated themes (we're looking at you, Man with the Yellow Hat) George is now a multimillion-dollar franchise.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:56:00 -0400Robert Kanigel's new biography recounts the life of Jacobs, a Greenwich Village public intellectual who championed street life and community. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a powerful work.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:28 -0400The movie titles of the late splatter-film director are evocative ... and wonderfully terrible. Can you tell them apart from the titles of some less-than-classic kids' books?
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400Fran Wilde built a glorious world of living bone towers and wing-gliding people in last year's Updraft. Her new Cloudbound has stunning skyscapes but lacks some of the first book's emotional heft.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:34:00 -0400Music critic Will Hermes reviews a new autobiography from Bruce Springsteen called Born To Run.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:18:00 -0400Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of Their Own.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:26 -0400Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth's Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400Iconic journalist Studs Terkel was creating a best-seller, when he interviewed people around the U.S. for his book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400Back in the days of the space race, "computers" were people — often women — who performed vital calculations. Hidden Figures tells the stories of the women who got some of the first men to space.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:26 -0400Humbert Humbert, the main character in Lolita, is one of the most famous "sympathetic" villains in history. Today, a story from the point of view of a sexual predator might not get told in literature.