• NONFICTION

    MAO

    OCT. 2, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MAO

by Alexander V. Pantsov & Steven I. Levine

The Great Helmsman fully fleshed, still complicated and ever provocative. Full review >

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    PORTRAIT OF A NOVEL

    AUG. 27, 2012

NONFICTION

PORTRAIT OF A NOVEL

by Michael Gorra

Not for all readers, but Gorra’s approach will appeal to scholars, fans of the James family, and lovers of important novels... Full review >

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    CRONKITE

    MAY 29, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CRONKITE

by Douglas Brinkley

Still, the best portrait of Cronkite—that legendary journalist, certainly worthy of a big biography—that we have. Full review >

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    I'M YOUR MAN

    SEPT. 11, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

I'M YOUR MAN

by Sylvie Simmons

Taking on a looming subject with intelligence and wit, Simmons manages to take the full measure of her man. Full review >

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    EVERY LOVE STORY IS A GHOST STORY

    SEPT. 4, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

EVERY LOVE STORY IS A GHOST STORY

by D.T. Max

A stellar biography of a complicated subject: Max's portrait skillfully unites Wallace’s external and internal lives. Full review >

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    THE PATRIARCH

    NOV. 13, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE PATRIARCH

by David Nasaw

It did not, and nothing came easy to any of the Kennedys, that tragic clan, who continue to fascinate. Exhaustive yet... Full review >

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    ON A FARTHER SHORE

    SEPT. 4, 2012

  • NONFICTION

    DEARIE

    AUG. 15, 2012

NONFICTION

DEARIE

by Bob Spitz

An engrossing biography of a woman worthy of iconic status. Full review >

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    THOMAS JEFFERSON

    NOV. 13, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THOMAS JEFFERSON

by Jon Meacham

An outstanding biography that reveals an overlooked steeliness at Jefferson’s core that accounts for so much of his... Full review >

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    THE LAST LION

    NOV. 6, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE LAST LION

by William Manchester and Paul Reid

Essential for Manchester collectors, WWII buffs and Churchill completists. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HELLO, GORGEOUS

    OCT. 9, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HELLO, GORGEOUS

by William J. Mann

Even though we know the answers to most of the questions—Will our heroine win the coveted role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl?... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE LAST VIKING

    SEPT. 25, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE LAST VIKING

by Stephen R. Bown

A superb biography of a fiercely driven explorer who traveled across the last inaccessible areas on earth before technical... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LEONARDO AND THE LAST SUPPER

    NOV. 1, 2012

HISTORY

LEONARDO AND THE LAST SUPPER

by Ross King

Thankfully, King’s book is an impressive work of restoration—the author helps readers see this painting for the first time. Full review >

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    ERNIE K-DOE

    APRIL 11, 2012

NONFICTION

ERNIE K-DOE

by Ben Sandmel

A vital, essential addition to the shelf of great books about New Orleans. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE TENDER HOUR OF TWILIGHT

    JAN. 10, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE TENDER HOUR OF TWILIGHT

by Richard Seaver edited by Jeannette Seaver

A rich record of the vicissitudes of publishing during an inimitable time and place. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    A FREE MAN

    OCT. 22, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

A FREE MAN

by Aman Sethi

Alternately sad, defiant, carefree and understated, this journey into a world hidden in plain sight is well worth taking. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE PARTNERSHIP

    JAN. 3, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE PARTNERSHIP

by Philip Taubman

Will the partnership prevail? Stay tuned, but hope for the best—for, they warn, “[i]f urgent steps are not taken to rein in... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    RISE TO GREATNESS

    OCT. 30, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

RISE TO GREATNESS

by David Von Drehle

A thoroughly engaging examination of the irreversible changes emerging from a year when the nation’s very survival remained... Full review >

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    LINCOLN'S CODE

    SEPT. 4, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

LINCOLN'S CODE

by John Fabian Witt

Truly remarkable, composed with all the precision and insight you expect from a law professor, marked by all the elegance... Full review >

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