Excerpts: Recommended Books
Jun 24, 2009 — Don't expect to read any recipes in Jason Sheehan's memoir of his time as a line cook — you'd probably rather not know what goes into these dishes.
Jun 24, 2009 — Hunter S. Thompson, the original gonzo journalist, reveals himself to be an artisan reporter, not a hack, in this collection of interviews.
Jun 24, 2009 — In this stimulating book, Oxford professor Margaret MacMillan exposes politicized manipulations of history and argues for the necessity of accurate understandings of the past.
Jun 24, 2009 — With a superbly woven narrative, this history examines the unexpected connections between science and Romanticism.
Jun 24, 2009 — Richard Rayner's nonfiction account of Los Angeles in the 1920s demonstrates the truth behind the noir.
May 26, 2009 — New Zealand writer Bernard Beckett's slim yet satisfyingly cerebral novella is set at some point in the future, on an island nation that seals itself off from the outside world to survive a mysterious plag
Jun 19, 2009 — Paulette Jiles crafts a novel from the scraps of a real historical life, evoking the clashes between settlers and American Indians in the years following the Civil War in powerful, moving prose.
Jun 19, 2009 — This debut novel suggests that spectacularly clever plotting is hereditary—the author, Nick Harkaway, is the son of suspense master John Le Carre.
May 26, 2009 — In S. J. Bolton's Awakening, someone in a quaint English village is stashing poisonous snakes in closets, beds and even a baby's crib.
May 26, 2009 — While ripping up old carpet in a Washington, D.C. rowhouse that's being remodeled and "flipped" by a real estate agent, two workmen discover an Adidas bag stuffed with thousands of dollars' worth of cash in George Pelecanos' newest novel.