July 3, 2008 Douglas Wolk takes graphic novels seriously and dissects today's comic-book landscape.
July 3, 2008 Jules Feiffer offers a critical history of comic books. He labels comics "junk" — only to vigorously defend our need for them.
July 3, 2008 Adultery, commitment, sex, obsession — this encyclopedia covers all of these subjects and more.
July 3, 2008 Like most things that happen in the bedroom, the collection of essays found in Dirty Words is fun, naughty and totally inappropriate for the eyes of children.
June 17, 2008 Primary season is (finally) over, summer is (almost officially) here and, as Publishers Weekly reports, a new crop of political books is about to make its way to the stores. Hankering for a political classic? Check out our favorite books of all time.
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June 10, 2008 In 1985, a single bottle of wine purported to be from Thomas Jefferson's own cellar was sold at auction for $156,000. Benjamin Wallace traces the mystery surrounding the bottle in The Billionaire's Vinegar.
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May 27, 2008 While there's definite comfort to be had in the familiar authors, sometimes what you really want is the spark and thrill of a chance encounter — that's where first books come in.
May 26, 2008 Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan presents her nonfiction summer reading list — three true tales, plus one book of fiction she just couldn't resist.
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May 23, 2008 What better way to spend a summer afternoon than curled up with a good book? NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg asks three independent booksellers for their picks for lazy days and warm nights.
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August 1, 2005 Mountain City, Nev., is down to just a few dozen people. It's years as a bustling mining town are gone. But the comings and goings at Tremewan's, the general store Gregory Martin's family has run for more than 40 years, reveal a remarkably vibrant community.
August 1, 2005 Author Joyce Johnson tells the story of the Beat movement in New York, and the story of her romantic relationship with Jack Kerouac.
August 1, 2005 Hettie Cohen moved to New York's Grenwich Village from Queens in the 1950s, where she married controversial black poet LeRoi Jones. Cultural icons Allen Ginsberg, Thelonious Monk, Jack Kerouac and Billie Holiday were just a few of the people who drifted through their lives.
August 1, 2005 In December 1988 Floyd Skloot was stricken by a virus that targeted his brain. In the Shadow of Memory tells Skloot's story of illness, and his drive to recover from it.
August 1, 2005 Author Jessica Mitford tells her story of growing up on an estate in 1920s England. An aristocrat by birth, Mitford lead a life that took her to fight in the Spanish Civil War, before planting her flag as a provocative journalist.
August 1, 2005 Author M.G. Lord, the daughter of an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., weaves together the story of her family's life with that of the scientific journey to explore Mars.
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