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Webster’s dictionary defines the word icon as an object of uncritical devotion.

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Some say the book is dead.

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“I was born into the century in which novels lost their stories . . .”

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These verses come from the earliest surviving Buddhist texts.

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Obama’s Wars is the first real, living history of the Obama Administration as told by many White House insiders: including the President himself.

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For an introduction to Italian wine, Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy, by Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch, is a good choice.

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Once upon a time, in the Old Country known as Italy, the Pattis from Sicily and the LuPones from Abruzzo both moved, quite separately, to the United States of America and to the Empire State of New

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Bill Bryson provides the introduction to this wonderful book written for the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, founded in 1660 in London.

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Critics have been lamenting the decline of French cooking for years.

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This is a very interesting book, albeit with a misleading title. Perhaps the title was a ploy to attract readers of popular science, when in fact this is a book for readers of serious science.

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Mistletoe, long evenings beside warm fires, even the inevitable eggnog-related indiscretion: It’s no wonder that romance jumps on the holiday bandwagon like no other genre.

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We can carve journalism into two distinct cuts: the tough, chewy chuck of reporting and recording events and facts, and the sirloin of narrative.

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Here’s a book that is sure to show up on nearly every foodie’s holiday wish list this season.

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Of Marilyn Monroe, Karen Blixen, who achieved fame under the pen name of Isak Dinesen, wrote, “I think Marilyn is bound to make an almost overwhelming impression on the people who meet her for the

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When a notorious Italian assassin and his wife are found stuffed in a barrel and floating down the Thames River, Scotland Yard puts out a call to Inquiry Agent Cyrus Barker to assist them in foilin

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Coverage of women’s contributions to the struggle for Irish independence early last century harps on two names: Maud Gonne and the Countess Constance de Markievicz.

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How would you define a cake? Do churros, sweet tamales, empanadas, baklava, or saffron buns come to mind?

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Freedom’s Just Another Word is a gripping examination of the delicate terrain inside a child’s mind and emotions while suffering horrendous child abuse as well as the lasting effects on th

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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals is a wonderful animal reference that will delight children and will entertain them for years to come.

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Have you ever thought of the perfect witty comeback to an insult several minutes after the moment has passed?

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This is a cool book.

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Historians Holzer and Symonds have given both Civil War historians and Civil War enthusiasts a groundbreaking presentation in The Complete Civil War: 1861–1865. These editors present the w

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When Meryl Streep portrayed Julia Child in the film Julie and Julia last year, Americans rediscovered French cooking.

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There are basically three tracks that someone wishing to earn credentials in the world of wine can follow: The wine educator track, culminating in the Certified Wine Educator; the wine business tra

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