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Vanity Fair 100 Years by Graydon Carter

Weighing in at 8.5 pounds and measuring 14.4 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches, Vanity Fair 100 Years, is a sumptuous celebration of the magazine and the culture from the jazz age to today. With a tip of the hat to the origin of the phrase, (Vanity Fair appears as a place for rascality in John [...]

Great Design by Philip Wilkinson

Dorling Kindersley is the British publisher best known for its many visual explorer titles for children. I was somewhat surprised to see this entry for adults. This 2013 title,Great Design, has made the New York Times Notable books of 2013 It’s no wonder. Befittingly, this book on great design…is a beautifully designed visual feast! Each 2-4 [...]

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is one of America’s best essayists and fiction writers writing today. Readers know her best for Bel Canto and State of Wonder.  She has written 6 novels and 3 works of nonfiction.  Patchett is the winner of the Pen/Faulkner award, England’s Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. What surprised [...]

The Southerner’s Handbook by David Dibenedetto

The editors of one of my favorite magazines (Garden & Gun) have come out with a book entitled The Southerner’s Handbook which is a really good read.  There are essays on manners, hunting, gardening, clothing, food, drink, etc. by different authors.  My personal favorite was “Sweet Tea: A Love Story” by Allison Glock.   I have [...]

Crossing the Borders of Time by Leslie Maitland

It’s 1942 and at a critical juncture in this biographical work, the author’s mother, an 18-year old German Jew from Frieberg, leaves Marseille by ship for Cuba.  Her French Catholic lover rows after her until she disappears.  It’s an image that’s easily trivialized; we have seen it in countless movies.  How the characters got to [...]

The Creation of Anne Bolelyn: a New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo

There has been no dearth of books about, and fascination with, Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII of England’s second wife. Of the 16th -century monarch’s six wives, Boleyn was the first of two to be executed. Whether her death was justified or based on conspiracy and false charges is a matter still widely debated today. [...]

Five Days at Memorial-Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

Imagine that Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 hurricane, has just ravaged the hospital in which you took shelter. Now the flood waters are rising, there isn’t any power, it’s extremely hot, and you feel as if you have been abandoned. Who decides who leads? Who lives? Who dies? Who suffers? Is anyone ever qualified to [...]

The King’s Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds by Phillipa Langley

Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, was slain in the final battle of the Wars of the Roses at Bosworth Field in 1485.  As well as being a notable character in history, Richard is the subject of many books and a Shakespeare play, as well as of controversy that has spanned centuries.  Was [...]

The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation by Mollie Katzen

It’s so easy to enjoy cookbooks.  We ALL like to eat after all, but one of the great joys of cookery tomes is that they are most often designed for durability and collectability.  The weight and sheen of the paper is lovely and the photographs inspiring. With all that as a ‘given’, what makes any [...]

Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini

In Girl Hunter, author Georgia Pellegrini is on a mission to try and eat more meat that she hunts and kills and less meat from grocery stores.  Already a chef by trade, she also blogs about food and wrote Food Heroes.  She reminisces about when she was a little girl, she was always out in [...]

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