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The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:16:19 -0400

One 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.



A Growing Champagne Trend Is Uncorking More Ways To Celebrate

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Champagne 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.



A Swedish Curmudgeon Wins Hearts, On The Page, And Now On Screen

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:42:00 -0400

Move 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.



Hardboiled Historical Noir With A Heart In 'By Gaslight'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Steven 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.



How Carli Lloyd Became A Soccer Star 'When Nobody Was Watching'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:32:00 -0400

Lloyd'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.



Curious George Celebrates 75 Years Of Monkey Business

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:20:00 -0400

George 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.



'Eyes On The Street' Details Jane Jacobs' Efforts To Put Cities First

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:56:00 -0400

Robert 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.



Pop Quiz, Hotshot: Herschell Gordon Lewis Film Or Children's Book?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:28 -0400

The 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?



'Cloudbound' Is Stunning, But Doesn't Quite Soar

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Fran 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.



Book Review: 'Born To Run,' Bruce Springsteen

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:34:00 -0400

Music critic Will Hermes reviews a new autobiography from Bruce Springsteen called Born To Run.



'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:18:00 -0400

Journalist 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.



'Death's End' Brings An Epic Trilogy To A Satisfying Close

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:26 -0400

Chinese 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.



Before 'Humans Of New York,' Terkel Showed Dignity In Everyday People In 'Working'

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400

Iconic 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.



'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400

Back 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.



Depicting Sexual Predators As Villains In Fiction Is Tricky

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:26 -0400

Humbert 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.