November 29, 2010 Adam Levin's hulking debut novel joins the ranks of other thousand-page books that have earned a lot of media buzz. But is it really worth hours of your time?
Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, pictured above in 1973, first published "Howl" in 1956.
November 24, 2010 Debra Ginsberg isn't related to Allen, but the famous poet once told her she could say he was her uncle. As a high-schooler, Debra found "Howl" exciting, beautiful and frightening. Now, years later, she has seen minds of her own generation "destroyed by madness."
November 22, 2010 School teacher Maria McCann did her homework when writing this erotic, historical novel about the English Civil War. Lionel Shriver says she couldn't stop reading about this torrid romance between two 17th century soldiers.
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November 22, 2010 In his new biography of the Revolutionary firebrand Patrick Henry, Harlow Giles Unger explores the life of America's greatest orator and the story behind his famous cry, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
November 18, 2010 The Roosevelts' unorthodox marriage was equitable, sexually open — and spanned four decades. Hazel Rowley profiles the uncommon union of a four-term president and his first lady in Franklin And Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.
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November 17, 2010 Children have the gift of magical thinking — and writer Signe Pike thinks adults should, too. She recommends three enchanting tales — of fairies, goblins and folklore — that will fill grown-up children with a sense of wonder once again.
November 16, 2010 During the Nuremberg trials, a collection of key witnesses — including former Nazis and resistance fighters — lived together in a single house. In The Witness House, Christiane Kohl turns a potentially melodramatic historical moment into a moving and suspenseful portrait of reconciliation.
November 11, 2010 The best stories creep under your skin and stay there. Kathryn Erskine recommends three gripping, unsettling reads with resolute, compelling narrators. These are stories that you just can't shake.
Nora Ephron is the celebrated screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless In Seattle, You've Got Mail and other films. She is a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay).
November 11, 2010 She may not have reached what she calls "the nadir of old age, the Land of Anecdote," but the Oscar-nominated screenwriter still knows how to tell a story. Sassy and wise, her memoir I Remember Nothing takes a self-deprecating look at aging in the modern world.
November 10, 2010 In his new memoir, Decision Points, former President George W. Bush revisits nearly all the controversial decisions of his tenure — and defends them with vigor. Historian H.W. Brands suspects history won't be as easy on Bush as Bush is on himself.
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November 10, 2010 In his lyrical new novel, Brooklyn's Paul Auster tracks a disaffected young man's wanderings through the outer boroughs, and his struggles with loss, estranged family and the Great Recession.
November 9, 2010 Frank Sinatra was not only a singular talent but a master schemer, according to James Kaplan's new biography of the crooner. He was willing to use anyone — even the mob — to "grasp the brass ring" of success.
Keith Richards is a guitarist, songwriter and an original member of The Rolling Stones.
November 8, 2010 Life isn't always easy, but that's rock and roll — you can't always get what you want. In his compelling memoir Life, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards details a life of boozing, women, and revolutionary rock.
November 5, 2010 Erika Lopez's The Girl Must Die: A Monster Girl Memoir is a rallying cry for the gritty, guitar- and gun-slinging women who disappeared after the 1990s. It comes 12 years after her raucous, racy and hilarious breakthrough novel Flaming Iguanas.
November 3, 2010 Music journalist Joel Selvin has witnessed just about every significant musical moment in San Francisco in the past 35 years. Smart Ass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin compiles his best work into a tribute to the Bay Area's eclectic sound.
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