• 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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    MARBLES

    NOV. 6, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MARBLES

by Ellen Forney illustrated by Ellen Forney

Forney’s story should resonate with those grappling with similar issues, while her artistry should appeal to a wide... Full review >

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    KURT VONNEGUT

    NOV. 1, 2012

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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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  • NONFICTION

    NATURE WARS

    NOV. 13, 2012

NONFICTION

NATURE WARS

by Jim Sterba

An eye-opening take on how romantic sentimentalism about nature can have destructive consequences. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FAR FROM THE TREE

    NOV. 13, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

FAR FROM THE TREE

by Andrew Solomon

An informative and moving book that raises profound issues regarding the nature of love, the value of human life and the... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LOST AT SEA

    OCT. 30, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

LOST AT SEA

by Jon Ronson

Casual readers will find plenty to like about this excellent collection, but journalism and philosophy students should find... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    AMONG THE ISLANDS

    NOV. 6, 2012

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    THE AMISTAD REBELLION

    NOV. 8, 2012

HISTORY

THE AMISTAD REBELLION

by Marcus Rediker

A first-rate example of history told from the bottom up. Full review >

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    THE STORY OF AMERICA

    NOV. 1, 2012

HISTORY

THE STORY OF AMERICA

by Jill Lepore

As smart, lively and assured as modern debunkery gets. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    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

    THE ANTIDOTE

    NOV. 13, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE ANTIDOTE

by Oliver Burkeman

This broad approach toward harnessing our "negative capability" deserves wide readership; the author’s nonprescriptive... Full review >

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    1775

    NOV. 27, 2012

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    THE RICHARD BURTON DIARIES

    NOV. 6, 2012

  • NONFICTION

    THE GREAT CHARLES DICKENS SCANDAL

    NOV. 13, 2012

NONFICTION

THE GREAT CHARLES DICKENS SCANDAL

by Michael Slater

A sexy story resting on a bed of comprehensive scholarship and pursued with Sherlock-ian imagination. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE CARBON CRUNCH

    NOV. 27, 2012

NONFICTION

THE CARBON CRUNCH

by Dieter Helm

An optimistically levelheaded book about actually dealing with global warming. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MENACHEM BEGIN

    NOV. 27, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MENACHEM BEGIN

by Avi Shilon

A fully realized, important portrait of a significant 20th-century leader. Full review >

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    THE INJUSTICE SYSTEM

    NOV. 12, 2012

NONFICTION

THE INJUSTICE SYSTEM

by Clive Stafford Smith

A wrongful-conviction saga different from most others because there is no justice at the end. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    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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  • NONFICTION

    A LITTLE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

    NOV. 6, 2012

NONFICTION

A LITTLE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

by William Bynum

Nonscientists especially will applaud Bynum’s lively narrative, which certainly delivers on his opening line: “Science is... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    IRON CURTAIN

    NOV. 27, 2012

HISTORY

IRON CURTAIN

by Anne Applebaum

A dark but hopeful chronicle that shows how even humanity’s worst can fracture and fall. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    JOHN KEATS

    NOV. 13, 2012

NONFICTION

JOHN KEATS

by Nicholas Roe

Roe’s biography acutely displays the intensity, anguish and triumph of a great life for whom the clock was always ticking. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE ANNOTATED AND ILLUSTRATED DOUBLE HELIX

    NOV. 6, 2012

NONFICTION

THE ANNOTATED AND ILLUSTRATED DOUBLE HELIX

by James D. Watson edited by Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski

Readers old or new are in for a fine treat; there really has been nothing in the history of science writing comparable to... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CUSTER

    NOV. 6, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CUSTER

by Larry McMurtry

The distilled perceptions of a lifetime of study, beautifully illustrated. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ELSEWHERE

    NOV. 14, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

ELSEWHERE

by Richard Russo

An affecting yet never saccharine glimpse of the relationship among place, family and fiction. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HALLUCINATIONS

    NOV. 6, 2012

NONFICTION

HALLUCINATIONS

by Oliver Sacks

A riveting look inside the human brain and its quirks. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE GUERRILLA FACTORY

    NOV. 13, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE GUERRILLA FACTORY

by Tony Schwalm

An eye-opening, unconventional war story in which the war itself resides in the training. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    REPORTING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

    NOV. 1, 2012

HISTORY

REPORTING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

by Todd Andrlik

An impressive cache of primary-source documents, normally the province of scholars, presented here in an entertaining,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THROUGH THE WINDOW

    NOV. 20, 2012

NONFICTION

THROUGH THE WINDOW

by Julian Barnes

Not every piece will connect with every reader, but Barnes is a fine literary companion. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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