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Eiffel's tower book cover
Landmarks around the globe have become symbolic of the cities in which they stand. San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge; New York, the Statue of Liberty; and perhaps the best example, Paris and its Eiffel Tower. A looming 1,060 feet of intricate iron latticework, the Eiffel Tower is an undeniably iconic structure. Since its completion in 1889, this metallic monolith has dominated the skyline...
Beautiful Ruins book cover
Does the current crop of reality television programs leave you longing for the golden age of Hollywood? If so, you will surely enjoy Jess Walter’s clever and completely enjoyable novel Beautiful Ruins (Harper Perennial). The story opens in 1962 on the Italian island of Porto Vergogna when Dee Moray, a beautiful young starlet, arrives seeking a place to convalesce. A twenty-two year old...
book subscription services and apps
H ollywood blockbusters are as close as the phone in your pocket and volumes of books are just as accessible. You’re no doubt acquainted with services like Netflix and Hulu that provide online access to a wide array of films and television programs in exchange for a monthly fee. Now, booklovers have a similar opportunity to pay a fee for unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of books...
Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon
I n 1991, a scientist and comic book writer named Diana Gabaldon published her first novel, a 640-page amalgam of literary genres called Outlander (Random House). The book became a bestseller, winning legions of fans all over the world. Slate magazine called it “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting Scrooge...
Robert E. Lee biography
I n the world of book publishing, Michael Korda is something of a living legend. During his 40-year career as editor-in-chief at Simon & Schuster, he polished literary gems by authors the likes of Larry McMurtry and David McCullough, all the while writing his own bestselling titles. His latest book, Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee (HarperCollins, 2014), chronicles the...
classic book titles
F ew pleasures can match the thrill readers feel when they’re entranced by a good book. To be lost in a story about bygone times and places is a type of travel accessible only through the written page. For this reason, nonfiction titles have dominated the New York Times Bestsellers list for decades. Authors such as Herbert Asbury ( The Gangs of New York ), Walter Lord ( A Night to Remember...
NITS book cover
In her debut novel NITS (Cinimod Press, 2014), author Michele Harris captures the competitive social scene of Washington, D.C., and somehow manages to tie together the main players through, of all things, head lice. Harris, a longtime Montgomery County resident, gets to the heart of suburban angst and explores the universal theme of pursuing happiness. Each of the protagonists has to deal with...
What Nora Knew book cover
The world lost one of the great romantic storytellers when Nora Ephron passed away in 2012. Ephron’s films Heartburn , When Harry Met Sally , Sleepless in Seattle , and You’ve Got Mail are perennial favorites. Her plucky leading ladies and her fickle leading men defined romantic comedy in the 1980s and 1990s. For all those who miss the Nora Ephron style of romance, comic Linda Yellin...
Titanic book cover: Gilded Lives
The maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic should have been a celebratory event from start to finish. In every way, she was a testament to human ingenuity. Ten stories high and 882 feet long, she was the largest man-made object afloat, equipped with the latest technological marvels—electric lighting, elevators, wireless radio communications, emergency watertight compartments. Magazines and...