Excerpts: Recommended Books
June 24, 2009 Don't expect to read any recipes in Jason Sheehan's memoir of his time as a line cook — you'd probably rather not know what goes into these dishes.
June 24, 2009 Hunter S. Thompson, the original gonzo journalist, reveals himself to be an artisan reporter, not a hack, in this collection of interviews.
June 24, 2009 In this stimulating book, Oxford professor Margaret MacMillan exposes politicized manipulations of history and argues for the necessity of accurate understandings of the past.
June 24, 2009 With a superbly woven narrative, this history examines the unexpected connections between science and Romanticism.
June 24, 2009 Richard Rayner's nonfiction account of Los Angeles in the 1920s demonstrates the truth behind the noir.
May 26, 2009 New Zealand writer Bernard Beckett's slim yet satisfyingly cerebral novella is set at some point in the future, on an island nation that seals itself off from the outside world to survive a mysterious plag
June 19, 2009 Paulette Jiles crafts a novel from the scraps of a real historical life, evoking the clashes between settlers and American Indians in the years following the Civil War in powerful, moving prose.
June 19, 2009 This debut novel suggests that spectacularly clever plotting is hereditary—the author, Nick Harkaway, is the son of suspense master John Le Carre.
May 26, 2009 In S. J. Bolton's Awakening, someone in a quaint English village is stashing poisonous snakes in closets, beds and even a baby's crib.