| Apr 4, 2010
In 1970, a journeyman pitcher published a memoir with an innocuous subtitle: "My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues." Written by Jim Bouton (with help from sportswriter Leonard Shecter), "Ball Four" took readers to a...
| Jun 20, 2010
Twelve: 448 pp., $26.99
With the possible exception of Tom Wolfe and Maureen Dowd's, Christopher Hitchens' marvelous byline is the most archly kinetic in current-day American letters. Every article, review and...
| Mar 28, 2010
On Oct. 9, 2009, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs woke up at dawn and received startling news from Oslo. President Obama, only 48, had just received the Nobel Peace Prize. Usually, this most prestigious of awards honors lifetime accomplishment...
| Jan 9, 2010
Bill Plaschke, The Times' award-winning sports columnist, has occasionally been accused of mawkishness. But if it's true that violin strings sometimes seem to accompany his prose, it's also true that his best, most heartfelt work involves those who...
| Jan 27, 2010
| 5:12 PM
Louis Auchincloss, a prolific author of fiction and nonfiction whose dozens of books imparted sober, firsthand knowledge of America's patrician class, has died. He was 92.
Auchincloss died at a New York hospital on Tuesday, a week after suffering a...
| Jan 31, 2010
Imagine a postmodern Aaron Copland or Charles Ives with a pop cultural twist, and you're primed for the music of Michael Daugherty.
A composer of his time and birthright, Daugherty is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and the musical embodiment of Americana....
| Nov 24, 2010
| 9:10 PM
Recalling a medieval scribe laboring to preserve humankind's rarest writings, Edith Young gently places each fraying page of a 400-year-old Chinese manuscript on a special cradle before she lowers a glass plate to flatten it for a digital snapshot....
| Nov 21, 2010
Random House: 770 pp., $35
After spending close to eight triumphant years in the White House, Theodore Roosevelt left Washington in 1909 on top of the world, a charismatic leader beloved by his countrymen and greeted...
| Jul 26, 2010
| 10:18 AM
In 1908, a travel guide described Camp Roosevelt in Yellowstone National Park as a place that offered "the pleasures of the outdoor life with the little inconveniences reduced to a minimum."
More than a century later, our family of four certainly found...
| Feb 20, 2011
I've never met an American who didn't have a soft spot in his heart for Thomas Jefferson and Monticello, his home and plantation in Charlottesville.
After his term as president expired in 1809, Jefferson lived full time at Monticello. The house, which...
| Aug 7, 2011
The Secret History of Costaguana
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Riverhead: 287 pp., $26.95
"The Secret History of Costaguana" is an intricately detailed, audacious reframing of "Nostromo," the classic 1904...