At the time of his death in 1625, at age 55, James I of England had been already ill with several maladies of the time, but rumors immediately surfaced that he had been poisoned by George Villiers,
"when the legend becomes so famous, it takes too long for a good read like this one to replace the sensational with the no less amazing facts"
“Captivating and intriguing, Chopin’s Piano will most certainly entertain both novice and hardcore music historians.”
“Funny, romantic, utterly charming, Okay Fine Whatever will particularly appeal to people who suffer from anxiety. In other words, everyone.”
Sven-Eric Liedman’s A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx, is a remarkable and timely contribution and achievement.
Kara Richardson Whitely’s double-entendre of a title, The Weight of Being, wonderfully captures her physical and emotional life as a person of higher weight.
“Alice Sparberg Alexiou makes us miss the Bowery— more than we ever knew we could.”
What can we learn about the current president of the United States from his children?
First things first: Michèle Mendelssohn’s Making Oscar Wilde is not a biography.
“For those willing to stomach the brutality, In the Name of the Children is a revelation and a testimony to the fact that some individuals cannot be cured.”
“an unsettling resonance that more triumphantly framed survivor stories rarely achieve.”
“Never Lost Again is an enjoyable and enlightening read.”
“In spite of the tragedy and difficulty of reading about man’s inhumanity to man, this should be required reading for all . . .”
“Cavalcanti’s book is about one unique human named Julio Santana—a professional killer with a code of honor and a sincere belief in God and redemption.”
Verdi’s life was the stuff operas are made of: sex scandals, political turmoil, creative pitfalls, testy divas, and meddling producers, but nothing stopped him from becoming the most famous opera c
“I believe that the principal reason we are on this planet is to have our noses constantly rubbed in our obligation to care about people who are strangers to us.
“I got the Simpsons job the same way I got a wife,” writes Mike Reiss. “I was not the first choice, but I was available.”
“Forget your fishnet fantasies and take the rose out of your teeth,” Meghan Flaherty tells us in the prologue to her memoir Tango Lessons.
By all appearances, the Bernsteins were a loving family.
In late 2012 the freelance American photographer Matthew Schrier was heading out of Syria after a stint of work when his taxi was stopped.
Michelle Tea’s publisher, the Feminist Press, calls her a “queer countercultural icon.” She is that, indeed, and has been an icon in the queer world for decades.
“. . . be forewarned: The war against radical Islamic terrorism has no end in sight. This is a war of ideas, not a war of attrition.”
Did you grow up having stars in your eyes? Hollywood stars more precisely?
Van Gogh and the Seasons is everything one would want in a Vincent van Gogh monograph and much more.
Was there a way for candidate Barack Obama to address chaos in Iraq while also calling for pursuit of Osama bin Laden lodged in a corner of putative partner Pakistan?