The acclaimed writer's heartbreaking meditation on the death of her daughter at 39.
Travels in the New Third World
W.W. Norton, $25.95
Shrewd and lucid observations on countries where the financial tsunami has left the most damage.
A Life Sacred and Profane
W.W. Norton, $39.95
The British art historian vividly recounts the Italian master's tumultuous life and mysterious death.
A History of the Region and Its Peoples
Edited by Stephan Palmié and Francisco Scarano
University of Chicago Press, $35
An illuminating work tracing the region from its pre-Columbian state through European colonialism and the economic turbulence of the 21st century.
Catherine the Great
Looks at Caravaggio, Rin Tin Tin and Ike's White House years are among the top picks.
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