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This is a brilliantly written and constructed portrait of a true icon of the cinema.

Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems

Inherently reticent, like oysters opening ever so slowly, these poems are reluctant to display their pearls, but patient readers will discern an opalescence they may have missed on the first reading.

Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture

Outstanding scholarship reveals Catherine Dior’s participation in the French Resistance. Overall, this is a haunting biography that carefully examines Catherine’s largely unexplored life and will have broad appeal to fashion or World War II enthusiasts.

True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us

An insightful and thoughtful study of reality TV that fans of the genre will appreciate.

Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

This cogently written book is a useful review of intertwined events in the early 21st-century United States.

Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

Wassef’s toughness and honesty will endear her to readers, who will surely champion her throughout this chronicle spanning marriage and divorce, the Egyptian revolution of 2011, the country’s first democratic election, and the author’s eventual decision to leave her role at Diwan to make space for the new.


Much like Updike, Franzen is keenly aware that human struggle is defined by understanding and acceptance and that it is generational, ideas he admirably captures here.

The Transcendentalists and Their World

This lively social and cultural history should reward most readers interested in this critical period of American history.

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Rooney’s third novel deals with some of the emotional dynamics and ideas explored in Conversations with Friends and Normal People but expands and enriches them by depicting human dramas against vast historical backdrops, amplifying art’s essential status in human life. Once again, she has written a masterly and significant work of fiction that is both traditional and innovative.


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