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5:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Book Review: 'Go' Is A Great Introduction To Graphic Design

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Time and again we've been warned not to judge a book by its cover. But when you’re looking at one of the more than 1,000 book covers designed by Chip Kidd, it’s difficult to follow that advice. Especially when you understand the amount of research and planning that have gone into each of his cover designs.

So now, Chip Kidd has written a design book titled Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. Even though the title is a play on his name, it’s designed for “kids” ages 10 and up.

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5:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Book Review: 'The Goldfinch' Should Be Savored

The Goldfinch is my first experience reading Donna Tartt. The title refers to a painting by Dutch artist Carel Fabritius, the greatest Old Master you've never heard of-- Rembrandt's pupil, Vermeer's teacher. Fabritius was killed when a gunpowder explosion destroyed half the town of Delft and all but a handful of his paintings.

Theo Decker is 13 years old when he sees "The Goldfinch" in contemporary New York City. In fact, the same day he first sees the painting, he takes it as he escapes from the bombed museum where it had been exhibited.

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5:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Book Review: 'Provence, 1970' Spotlights A Major Moment In Food History

Luke Barr is an editor at Travel + Leisure magazine, and the grandnephew of famed food writer M.F.K. Fisher.

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5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Book Review: Picking Up The Pieces In 'The Aftermath'

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The title of Rhidian Brook's new novel, The Aftermath, refers to the years immediately following World War II.

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5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Book Review: 'The Gravity of Birds' Is A Mystery Of Time And Art

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman begins in 1963 with the Kessler Family spending their annual vacation at a lake cabin rental in Maine.

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5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Book Review: Someone

Alice McDermott's new novel, Someone, focuses on an Irish Catholic family living in Brooklyn.

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5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Book Review: The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind begins in France in 1916.

Most of the men from a small French village are off fighting in the war and the Germans have occupied the village. One of the women left behind, Sophie, is left to deal with this occupation of not only the village, but also her family inn and restaurant.

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5:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Book Review: The Distancers: An American Memoir

When Lee Sandlin was a young boy growing up in Chicago, each summer he was dropped off at the family home in Edwardsville, Ill., to stay with two great-aunts and two great-uncles. Sandlin describes his time there as a boot camp in old-fashioned values.

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5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Book Review: Antonia Lively Breaks The Silence

Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson is set in a sleepy university town a couple hours outside of New York City. The novel has a familiar cast of characters: an author, a book critic and the women who loved them.

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5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Book Review: & Sons

David Gilbert
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David Gilbert’s novel & Sons is about a somewhat reclusive author who has written a book that has captured the imaginations of readers through the decades, much like J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye.

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