June 30, 2009 Petina Gappah's richly observed stories in An Elegy for Easterly capture a world tourists could never hope to see, of people, rich and poor, living their lives in the surreal shadow of Zimbabwean President Mugabe's regime.
June 26, 2009 A delicious comedy of miscommunication, Percival Everett's I Am Not Sidney Poitier takes on racism and its absurdities. It's a freewheeling coming-of-age, and one of the funniest, most original stories to be published in years.
June 24, 2009 P.J. O'Rourke — a son and grandson of Buick dealers — is a car nut. Whether he's racing in Baja, studying "Jeepology" in the Philippines or riding Harleys with mild-bunch suburbanites, his essays celebrate big cars, fast women and open roads.
June 23, 2009 Peter Abrahams' Reality Check is character-driven, reality-based and riveting. When Clea disappears from her New England boarding school, her Coloradan boyfriend heads east, entering a Donna Tartt world of effete kids and sophistication.
June 22, 2009 Reporting from Klan rallies and white-power mosh pits — then stepping back to anatomize the vagaries of racist philosophy — Leonard Zeskind's Blood and Politics offers a comprehensive portrait of American xenophobia.
June 19, 2009 Danzy Senna's poet mother was a Boston Brahmin, her father the son of a black piano player and a Mexican boxer. Her memoir, in which she examines her family history, is part detective story, part the story of a nation.
June 18, 2009 In celebration of Father's Day, here are three enthralling books about a few different dads — not all of whom know best.
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June 17, 2009 Being in a car with your immediate family for hours on end can make even the most levelheaded traveler consider jumping out the window. Author Sarah Dessen has some reading suggestions for staying safe — and sane — on the highway.
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June 16, 2009 With a bride on her wedding day and an ex-boyfriend lurking among a houseful of eccentric guests, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding seems set on a predictable track. But Julia Strachey's frenetic, screwball novel has some twists in store.
June 15, 2009 Think women aren't funny? Lynn Harris recommends three books by famous funny ladies Dolly Parton, Lucille Ball and Carrie Fisher that will force you to think again.
June 12, 2009 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls is a zipper-ripper that has been called trashy, tawdry, glitzy, lusty, sordid and seamy — and that's just the beginning of its appeal, says Nancy Bachrach.
June 10, 2009 When the stock market crashed, writer Lizzie Skurnick turned to her childhood bookcase, where she found a bunch of girls who learned to survive life's downsizing. Here are three heroines whose belt-tightening serves as great advice.
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June 10, 2009 A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, and I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci present appealing memoirs by authors who handle tribulations with grace — and manage to get dinner on the table, too.
June 8, 2009 D.D. Guttenplan's biography of iconic investigative reporter I.F. Stone is well-researched and gracefully written. American Radical gets inside the head and heart of this anti-establishment journalist who became a Washington insider.
June 8, 2009 Novelist Kate Christensen likens Janet Evanovich's One for the Money to the literary equivalent of french fries or Twinkies. But when a craving hits, sometimes comfort reading is the only thing that satisfies.
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