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11 Books That Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally published on Kirkus</i><p>There’s a striking mix of literary elements that have to be present on a book’s first page for readers to keep turning pages: an intriguing character, suspense, a vibrant writing style. The recently published books on this week’s list, which include fiction, nonfiction …

Ship of Ghosts

• <b>Author:</b> James D. Hornfischer<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><p>"Son, we’re going to Hell."<p>The navigator of the USS <i>Houston</i> confided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course into U.S. naval legend. Renowned as FDR’s favorite warship, the cruiser USS <i>Houston</i> was a prize …

Operation Mincemeat

• <b>Author:</b> Ben Macintyre<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF</b> <i>A SPY AMONG FRIENDS</i><br>In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that …

West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

• <b>Author:</b> Claudio Saunt<p>This panoramic account of 1776 chronicles the other revolutions unfolding that year across North America, far beyond the British colonies.<br>In this unique history of 1776, Claudio Saunt looks beyond the familiar story of the thirteen colonies to explore the many other revolutions …

Finally! A Skinny Jean Made For Muscular Legs

Photo: Courtesy of Barbell Denim.<p>The Barbell Apparel team says they spend at least 20 hours per week at the gym. At about 15 hours over this writer's …

Clothing

J. Crew and WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie the Most Functional Bag, Ever

Canadian company WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie has marked their second collaboration with J. Crew with the quintessential accessory: The Two-Way Tote. The bag metamorphosizes the aesthetic of functional accessories with its innovative fold-in-fold-out design. The perfect transitional bag for …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

The editors at Amazon.com recently came out with a list of the Best Books of 2013 So Far, which ranks the best books released between January and June 2013.<p>"Customers looking for great summer reads will find an eclectic selection on the list this year, from the very best fiction to compelling …