Archive: Nonfiction

Ted Kennedy Biographies

Two biographies released this year and an autobiography coming next month capture the life of Sen. Edward Kennedy. "True Compass: A Memoir" by Edward M. Kennedy will be released Sept. 14 by Twelve, a Hachette Book Group imprint. The publisher said today: "We are deeply saddened by today's news. In...

By Steven E. Levingston | August 26, 2009; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Liberty' Author Responds to Readers

The Post's review Sunday of James Scott's "The Attack on the Liberty -- The Untold Story of Israel's Deadly 1967 Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship" has generated a flood of reader response. It is striking that an event more than 40 years old can still inspire a range of...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 15, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (5)

Reader Spotlight: David Trent of Laurel, MD

Consuming youthful passions aren't always what popular culture would have us believe. David Trent's insatiable appetite is for books on philosophy, religion and history. Asked how he'd like to be identified, Trent, 21, replied: "What a question! I've actually been wondering about this for years now, and the question continues."...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | June 22, 2009; 09:39 PM ET | Comments (3)

Five Books on the Japanese American Internment

"We were in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong faces." These words, which might resonate with some Guantanamo Bay detention camp prisoners whose stories are told in Mavhish Khan's My Guantanamo Diary, are spoken by Alice Takemoto in Nisei Memories: My Parents Talk About the War...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | June 4, 2009; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Four Books to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 'The Elements of Style'

Today is the golden anniversary of William Strunk and E.B. White's "The Elements of Style." With 10 million copies in print, it's (its?) far and away (cliche!) the most popular book on writing ever published. ("Do not overstate.") To commemorate the occasion, Pearson Longman has released a special leather-bound edition...

By Ron Charles | April 16, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (4)

A Priceless Anniversary

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the largest art theft in history. What gift does one send for that occasion? An empty frame? In 1990 two men disguised as police officers broke into Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the guards and made off with 13 pieces worth half...

By Ron Charles | March 18, 2009; 05:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Five Great Books About Punk Rock

My older daughter Wenona turned me on to Green Day, who became my gateway to punk rock. This passion led to being schooled mercilessly by serious fans of the Clash and the Sex Pistols to whom Green Day were mere poseurs. But my fascination with Fugazi, one of D.C.'s most...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | February 19, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama-Mania Hits Kid Lit

We've reported here on the post-election scramble by journalists to nab publishers for their Barack Obama books. Some far-sighted writers like Jabari Asim, former deputy editor of Book World, and Gwen Ifill, of Washington Week and the NewsHour, already have books scheduled to come out on Inauguration Day: Asim's is...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | December 16, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Four Books that Changed the Way I Eat

People often write about how books have changed their lives, given them new ways of looking at the world, a new philosophy of life. That's the power of the written word. But books also have a practical influence: They can tell you how to do things. This past year, four...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 30, 2008; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (6)

Five Great Books About Spies and the CIA

I have to confess: I'm fascinated by spy books, intelligence histories, CIA memoirs, KGB confessionals. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's because I grew up during the Cold War, when a firm line was drawn between good guys and bad. It wasn't always a clear line. Many of the good...

By Christian Pelusi | July 24, 2008; 06:25 AM ET | Comments (29)

Fightin' Words: Five Memorable Revolutionary Books

When the Berlin Wall came down and tiny pieces of it (real or purported) immediately went on sale, I took it as emblematic of our era: the mass, crass commercialization of everything. But I was wrong, at least in thinking that there was anything new about the speed with which...

By Christian Pelusi | July 3, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Books That Illuminate the Silver Screen

The feature film is just about a century old, and all those years of history have produced a landslide of books about the medium. These five books, ranging from the glamorous silent era to the cusp of the 1960s renaissance, help bring it all in focus. 1. Silent Stars, (1999),...

By Christian Pelusi | January 3, 2008; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (5)

Travel Books That Will Take You Far

As the days get shorter and colder, vicarious adventure starts looking better than the real thing. Here, chosen in part to reflect the range of the planet's ecosystems, are half-a-dozen great books for the armchair explorer: 1. Arabian Sands (1959), by Wilfred Thesiger. From 1945-50, Thesiger spent as much time...

By Christian Pelusi | November 15, 2007; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (11)

On 'Coming of Age'

When thinking about your own childhood and youth, sometimes it's good to give yourself a frame of reference. What alternatives are out there? What resonates? Who are the role models for the good life -- or not? In whose young life can you find echoes of your own? Memoirs are...

By Christian Pelusi | November 1, 2007; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (16)

 

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