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Colman Andrews Defines Paul McCartney’s Butter Pie for the Non-Brit—and Other Recipes

Veteran food writer and lifelong Anglophile Colman Andrews brings his expertise to a book that by rights should be perfect.

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‘Christmas in the Crosshairs’: It Wasn’t Always Love and Peace on Earth

The centuries-old struggle for and against the very idea of Christmas is chronicled in this fascinating book.

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The Power of Print: ‘OMG Posters’

Poster art is in a renaissance right now; OMG Posters: A Decade of Rock Art proves why.

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Joyce Carol Oates Is at Her Best With ‘Soul at White Heat’

Oates' prose has achieved a level of polish most writers can only wish for.

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Bob Dylan, ‘The Lyrics: 1961-2012’

Grizzled poet, mercurial visionary, and now Nobel Prize winner. More than 50 years of Dylan lyrics are lovingly compiled in this handsome set.

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The Music in Brian Wilson’s Mind

Brian Wilson proves himself to be just that in the appropriately titled, I Am Brian Wilson.

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Hans Christian Andersen Would Be Delighted With Sanna Annukka’s Illustrations

Annukka enhances the reading experience of The Snow Queen and The Fir Tree with her distinctive artistic approach.

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Sun Ra: Astro Black, Cosmic Dark

Youngquist brings considerable skills to the life and work of the legendary but underappreciated and often misunderstood composer, keyboardist, and poet Sun Ra.

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Teddy Wayne Gives Readers a Disturbing Glimpse Into the Predatory Side of a Social Outcast

Thrilling, engrossing, and infuriating, Loner harks back -- in a completely contemporary timbre -- to literary classics that create compelling portraits of repellant characters.

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Was George Carlin Right About Everything?

What the F explores the colorful, sophisticated science of cursing and why it feels so #$@&%* good to swear.

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Critical Shortcomings in Cynthia Ozick’s ‘Critics, Monsters, Fanatics & Other Literary Essays’

It's so easy to be distracted by the powerful writing and insightful analysis that one misses Ozick's inability to deliver on the larger thematic promises of her latest collection.

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‘Scurvy’: Chronicling the Etiology of an Affliction

Jonathan Lamb's authoritative study affords an interesting perspective on one of history's most unpleasant afflictions.

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‘The End of Ownership’: The Digital Industry Wants You to Just Let It Go, Already

Millions of consumers are caught up in the streaming revolution, but what price are we paying in the realm of ownership?

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‘Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes’, or, Music criticism, Minnesota-style

Jim Walsh’s writing combines heartfelt personal stories with knowledgeable music criticism. Reading this collection feels like having a conversation with an old friend.

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‘The Subsidiary’ Is a Chilling Experimental and Fragmented Tale About the Evils of Corporate Power

The lights go off in a subsidiary office; the phone lines go down and the exits are closed off. What happens next is told by an employee keeping records via rubber stamps.

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Ted Rall’s Bernie Bio Has Extra Relevance in the Wake of the Democrats’ Presidential Defeat

While clearly endorsing Bernie Sanders’ politics, Rall offers an interesting and balanced portrait of the man behind the politics.

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‘Nietzsche’s Journey to Sorrento’: Wherein Nietzsche Finds His Voice

Paolo D'Iorio writes of the costs and rewards of a man in the midst of transformation.

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‘A Wild Swan and Other Tales’: A Twist on Fairy Tales for a More Sober Time

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham gives a compelling demonstration of how to reimagine magic while retaining a literary legacy.

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‘Reading the Silver Screen’ From a Man Who Really Knows How to Teach

Thomas C. Foster’s little narrative method is a smart bit of teaching in a book that’s filled with great teaching techniques.

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Naomi Duguid’s ‘Taste of Persia’ Demystifies and Enchants

Duguid is particularly well-qualified to address the jewels in Persian cuisine's crown: exquisite rice cookery and a vast array of flatbreads.

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