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Andrea Bellamy Sugar Snaps and Strawberries

How to make an edible, inner-city wonderland.

From the title, Sugar Snaps and Strawberries (Timber Press, 224 pages, $19.95) sounds like a frilly coffee-table topper filled with glossy photos of impractical projects crafted in the name of DIY    More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Matthew Stadler, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha

It ain’t the same old song.

Cover songs are, of course, more than familiar—usually it’s the first step to becoming a musician at all. Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha (Publication Studio, 296 pages, $20)   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Poetry From The Edge Of Europe

Fascinating words fight Balkan stereotypes.

When one thinks of things associated with the politically unstable Balkans region, modern poetry isn’t exactly at the top of the list, although the    More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Walter Cole Just Call Me Darcelle

That’s no lady; that’s Darcelle.

“The first time I put on a dress, I was 37.” That’s a surprising statement coming from female impersonator Walter Cole, better known as Darcelle XV, doyenne of the West Coast’s longest-runn   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

Take To The Ship: 24 Hours Of Moby-Dick - Powell’s Books

It’s a whale of a reading.

In Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, a young man named Ishmael leaves his home in New York for several years of adventures aboard a whaling ship. After sailing the seas collecting sperm oil, when it c   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Publication Studio: Fast Food For Thought

A nimble new paradigm for small-press publishing.

If you run in certain circles, you hear it every day: The publishing houses are dying, and books are therefore dying. Writers, we presume, are all also dying. The    More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Karen Abbott American Rose

Every Gypsy Rose Lee has her thorns.

You are not going to believe this, but not everything you see in Gypsy (the musical or the movie) is strictly true. Thank the goddess of burlesque we have no less a luminary than Karen Abbott (she o the best-selling Sin   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Lonely Christopher The Mechanics Of Homosexual Intercourse

Love, hate and other fundamental procedures.

 Damn straight I judge books by their covers, and I judged the hell out of Lonely Christopher’s The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Tom Rachman The Imperfectionists

The Times’ Roman holiday.

On the cynical face of it, it is unsurprising that Tom Rachman’s debut novel, The Imperfectionists (The Dial, 288 pages, $15), has been a darling among the newspaper and magazine press over this ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Chris Cleave Incendiary

A man writes as a woman writing to Osama bin Laden.

Set in the East End of London, Chris Cleave’s 2005 debut novel, Incendiary, is formatted as a grieving housewife’s letter to Osama bin Laden, asking him to stop his campaign of terror afte ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM

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