In 1717, Augustus the Strong of Poland, a porcelain devotee associated with the Meissen facility nearby, developed a passionate need to acquire 18 large Chinese porcelain vases owned by Frederick William I of Brandenburg and Prussia. The vases were not for sale, so Augustus suggested a swap. In exchange for the vases, he would supply William with a battalion of 600 dragoon guards.Read more
His fishing rod lay on the beam above the bookshelf for decades, long after he was gone. In his wake, she filled the room with velvet pillows, crystals, gauzy curtains, orchids. But Carly Simon remembers how it looked when she first moved here in 1971, into what James Taylor called his "shack."
Then, it was just a small cabin, hidden beneath lady's slippers and scrub oak on his 175-acre plot of land.Read more
When the podcast "Serial" became a hit last year, it sparked global interest in the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted 15 years ago of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in Baltimore.
Now Syed's friend Rabia Chaudry, who first brought the case to the attention of "Serial" producer Sarah Koenig, is writing a book about Syed, with his cooperation.Read more
When it comes to holiday-themed fiction, Thanksgiving often gets short shrift. Readers can celebrate Halloween with the latest Stephen King or Clive Barker, and there's no shortage of novels that rely on Christmas miracles as plot points.Read more