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Southern Cross the Dog

<b>“The</b> past is never dead,” William Faulkner wrote in his 1950 novel-play <i>Requiem for a Nun</i>. “It’s not even past.” That line has become the stuff of …

Books

David Sedaris: ‘I’m just there for the laughs’

It almost seems like David Sedaris is more industry than author. He travels the world on lecture tours, draws huge crowds for his countless readings and scales the bestseller lists with each new book. His latest, <i>Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls</i>, mixes the essays for which he's famous – bitingly …

Recipe: Epic Christmas fish pie

Start by making the mash topping. Peel, roughly chop and cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain, then return to the pan for a few minutes to steam dry.<p>Grate in the cheese and add half the butter, then season with sea salt and black pepper. Mash well …

The Week’s Best Longreads for June 7, 2013

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.<p><b>“Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi” Adam Johnson, GQ</b>A Pulitzer Prize–winning …

Exit

• <b>Author:</b> Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot<p><b>From a renowned sociologist, the wisdom of saying goodbye</b><p>Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is enthralled by exits: long farewells, quick goodbyes, sudden endings, the ordinary and the extraordinary. There's a relationship, she attests, between small goodbyes and our ability "to …

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

• <b>Author:</b> Hunter S. Thompson<p><b>Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels—Hell’s Angels, that is—in this short work of nonfiction.</b> <i><br>“California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy</i> …

Eichmann in Jerusalem

• <b>Author:</b> Hannah Arendt & Amos Elon<p><b>The controversial journalistic analysis of the mentality that fostered the Holocaust, from the author of The Origins of Totalitarianism</b> <br>Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt’s authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf …

The Hunger Games and Philosophy

• <b>Author:</b> George A. Dunn & Nicolas Michaud<p><b>A philosophical exploration of Suzanne Collins's New York Times bestselling series, just in time for the release of The Hunger Games movie</b><br>Katniss Everdeen is "the girl who was on fire," but she is also the girl who made us think, dream, question authority, …

The Prince of Paradise

• <b>Author:</b> John Glatt<p>Ben Novack, Jr. was born into a life of luxury and opulence. Heir to the legendary Fontainebleau hotel, he spent his childhood surrounded by some of the world's biggest stars, including Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, and Ann-Margret, who performed regularly at the …

Midnight in Peking

• <b>Author:</b> Paul French<p><b>Winner of the both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger</b><br>Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a …

The Psychopath Test

• <b>Author:</b> Jon Ronson<p><b>In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them.</b><p><i>The Psychopath Test</i> is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being …

The Ice Man

• <b>Author:</b> Philip Carlo<p>Philip Carlo's <i>The Ice Man</i> spent over six weeks on the <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman<b>.</b> Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American …

Top of the Morning

• <b>Author:</b> Brian Stelter<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><b><br>CNN correspondent Brian Stelter reveals the dark side of morning television with exclusive material about current and past morning stars, from Matt Lauer to Katie Couric</b><p>When America wakes up with personable and charming hosts like Robin Roberts and …

Become Your Own Matchmaker

• <b>Author:</b> Patti Stanger<p>If you've ever found yourself picking off your nail polish, sitting in your sweats with an empty carton of Ben & Jerry's, wondering, "Where are all the good men, and why isn't a gorgeous one standing shirtless in my kitchen mixing me up a pomegranate mojito?" I hate to tell you …

Hidden America

• <b>Author:</b> Jeanne Marie Laskas<p><b>An Oprah.com “Must-Read Book”</b><p><b>Award-winning journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas reveals “enlightening, entertaining, and often poignant”* profiles of America's working class—the forgotten men and women who make our country run.</b><p>Take the men of Hopedale Mining company in Cadiz, …

Nothing to Envy

• <b>Author:</b> Barbara Demick<p><b>An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea—a closed world of increasing global importance—hailed as a “tour de force of meticulous reporting” (The New York Review of Books)</b> <b><br>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST</b> <b></b><br>In this landmark …

In Cold Blood

• <b>Author:</b> Truman Capote<p><b>National Bestseller</b> <br>On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.<p>As …

Cooked

• <b>Author:</b> Michael Pollan<p>In <i>Cooked</i>, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing …

The Life You Can Save

• <b>Author:</b> Peter Singer<p>For the first time in history, eradicating world poverty is within our reach. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. In <b>The Life You Can Save</b>, Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, illuminating examples, and …

Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

• <b>Author:</b> Kevin Cullen & Shelley Murphy<p>"This is the definitive story of Whitey Bulger…a masterwork of reporting." —Michael Connelly, best-selling author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye<p>A New York Times Bestseller<br>A #1 Boston Globe Bestseller<p>An instant classic, this unforgettable narrative, rich with …

Let the Great World Spin

• <b>Author:</b> Colum McCann<p><b>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • Colum McCann’s beloved novel inspired by Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire stunt, which is also depicted in the film The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt</b><p>In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, …

The Last Queen

• <b>Author:</b> C. W. Gortner<p>BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from C. W. Gortner's <i>The Queen's Vow.</i><p>Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country’s throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth. Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven …

Warm Bodies

• <b>Author:</b> Isaac Marion<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES</b> <b>BESTSELLER, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE</b><p><b>“Gruesome yet poetic…highly original.” —The Seattle Times</b><p><b>“Dark and funny.” —Wired</b><p><b>“A mesmerizing evolution of a classic contemporary myth.” —Simon Pegg</b><p><b>“A strange and unexpected treat…elegantly written, touching, and fun.”</b> …

The Paris Wife

• <b>Author:</b> Paula McLain<p><b>“A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s—as a wife and as one’s own woman.”—Entertainment Weekly</b> <i></i> <b><br>A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife</b> …

The Kite Runner

• <b>Author:</b> Khaled Hosseini<p><b>The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.</b> <br>The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of …

A Thousand Splendid Suns

• <b>Author:</b> Khaled Hosseini<p><b>Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be</b> …

Life After Life

• <b>Author:</b> Kate Atkinson<p><i>What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?</i><p>On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, …

The Interestings

• <b>Author:</b> Meg Wolitzer<p>“Remarkable . . . With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself.”—The New York Times Book Review "A victory . . . The Interestings secures Wolitzer's place among the best novelists of her generation. . . . She's every bit as literary as Franzen or Eugenides. But the very human …

TransAtlantic

• <b>Author:</b> Colum McCann<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS</b><p>In the National Book Award–winning <i>Let the Great World Spin,</i> Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that <i>The New York Times</i> …