April 16, 2009 Kirstin Downey's lively new biography of Francis Perkins, President Franklin Roosevelt's controversial pick for Secretary of Labor, is called The Woman Behind the New Deal. Downey's book not only illuminates Perkins' career but also deepens popular understanding of Roosevelt's character.
March 17, 2009 For those readers who've endured seismic shifts of the heart, Isabel Gillies's memoir Happens Every Day will hit the spot. For all its sorrow, Gillies gives this tale of a broken marriage a contagious charm and the comfort of lovesick solidarity.
March 11, 2009 Zoe Heller's new book, m>m>m>The Believers, dissects the family of an elderly left-wing lawyer and gambles on the readers' intelligence and wit, without much concern for our feelings.
March 10, 2009 Excerpt: 'Cutting for Stone'
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