August 25, 2013 Annemarie Selinko's Desiree, a novel about a silk merchant's daughter who almost married Napoleon, was the first book that author Fiona Maazel ever read with excitement. What book turned you into a reader? Tell us in the comments.
August 25, 2013 With the approaching sign-up period for health care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, partisanship over the law has intensified. Jen Sorensen criticizes the showdown in the Show-Me State, while Linda Benson thinks the "young invincibles" have already been vanquished by health care reform.
August 24, 2013 Today begins a five-day remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. Dave Granlund recalls the setting of the landmark speech, while David Fitzsimmons hopes the commemoration is not too late.
August 23, 2013 Egyptian former President Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison. Jimmy Margulies thinks Egypt could be headed right back where it was before his ouster, while Jeff Darcy wonders what Mubarak will make of his country.
August 23, 2013 Lawrence Cumberbatch's parents thought their 16-year-old son was too young to walk from Brooklyn to the March on Washington in 1963. And enlisting Lawrence's uncle to dissuade him didn't have quite the effect they had hoped for, Lawrence tells his son, Simeon.
August 22, 2013 You might think that Sunny, the new love of the Obama family, would be immune from partisan positioning. But Jimmy Margulies and Joel Pett show that nothing in Washington is beyond political spin.
August 21, 2013 The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez takes readers on a journey through Colombia starting in the late '60s — but it's not your average detective story. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says the real mysteries in the book are in the minds of the characters.
August 21, 2013 Unless his sentence is reduced, 25-year-old Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will be imprisoned until he is in his mid-50s. Brian Adcock thinks Manning's treatment is in conflict with American values, while Dave Granlund worries that leakers have impaired America's ability to combat threats.
August 21, 2013 As America's kids head back to school, most will be experiencing the new "Common Core" standards. Jeff Parker thinks the controversy over the guidelines is overblown, while Bob Englehart doubts anything will change the way many kids view school.
August 21, 2013 Basil is a mega-celebrity of the herb world. But if it had a choice, it might prefer to be recognized for its work in lesser-known cuisines and recipes (the indie films and off-Broadway plays, if you will), where it shines in a different way and brings a new dimension to food.
August 20, 2013 Since the Supreme Court invalidated part of the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina and Texas have passed controversial voter ID laws. As a result, John Branch sees a new election-day reality, while Lisa Benson questions Attorney General Eric Holder's approach to such legislation.
August 19, 2013 As part of the series "Vacation Horror Stories," Mary and Chris Darrigo tell the story about their honeymoon to an island resort where each day something horrible happened — from an earthquake to two falls with visits to the hospital and a dead woman in the next lounge chair.
August 19, 2013 The Washington Post reports that classified documents provided by Edward Snowden show the NSA has "overstepped its legal authority." Arend Van Dam thinks we've given up too much liberty for security, while John Deering refutes President Obama's claim that Snowden is merely a "29-year-old hacker."