July 31, 2009 You Are Here delves into the physiology and folklore of wayfinding. Alternating between scientific experiments and real-world examples, psychologist Colin Ellard bares the brain's algorithms for finding the body's location on the planet.
July 30, 2009 Ray Bradbury's novel about a futuristic America where books are not merely banned but burned remains one of science fiction's most popular works. And now it's one of the best graphic novels of 2009.
July 30, 2009 Author Alice Hoffman says the world rendered in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 "is a place of great heart and wisdom, a universe of huge imagination where nothing is off-limits."
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July 28, 2009 In 1986, DC Comics decided to reboot the Superman series. But first, it asked Watchmen creator Alan Moore to pen a farewell to the original Man of Steel. The comic, now reprinted in hardback, is a surprisingly tender elegy to Superman's rich history.
July 27, 2009 Long on generalities and short on real wisdom, The Wisdom Trail does not do justice to the women it profiles.
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July 24, 2009 Critic Milo Miles reviews The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics. It's Dennis Kitchen and Paul Buhle's illustrated biography of influential artist and writer Harvey Kurtzman, the inventor of MAD Magazine.
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July 23, 2009 Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel, finishing faster than any of the five men who had done it before. Young Woman and the Sea shows how Ederle's fame grew, then evaporated.
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July 22, 2009 Novella Carpenter, attracted to a rural lifestyle but not rural solitude, sets out to raise food — everything from pumpkins to pigs — in the ghetto. Her very funny account in Farm Cityis never preachy, yet inspires.
July 21, 2009 Lady Idina Sackville's five husbands and life of high-society debauchery in colonial Kenya scandalized the Edwardians, inspiring more than one novel. The Bolter, her hard-to-put-down biography, shows us the shadow side of a prim and proper era.
July 15, 2009 Critic Troy Patterson suggests three books that bring to life the immediacy and excitement of radio. Tune into any of them for keen commentary, muscular storytelling and the fine sound of a distinctive voice.
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July 15, 2009 Assistant to a celebrity painter, whom she also sleeps with, Emma has stopped making her own art. Written by Jeff Koons' former assistant, The American Painter Emma Dial is a riveting inquiry into the creative impulse and a knowing portrait of the art world.
July 14, 2009 From brief essays combining myth and history, Eduardo Galeano assembles a mosaic of global civilization. Though often depicting cruelty and oppression, the lyrical, accessible Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone is tinged with hope.
July 9, 2009 Author Gary M. Pomerantz presents a deliciously detailed account of the emergence of bridge as America's No. 1 pastime — centering his tale on the crime of passion that helped spark the craze.
July 9, 2009 Any guy can tell you he loves romance, but how many men would admit to liking romance novels? Jack Murnighan confesses his guilty pleasure: Rosemary Rogers' Sweet Savage Love.
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July 7, 2009 It's ironic that a New York Times economics reporter found himself drowning under his own subprime mortgage. But if it could happen to him, Edmund L. Andrews argues in Busted, it's no surprise it happened to 8.3 million others.
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