In May, Roxana Robinson met with Mariette Kalinowski to discuss her new novel, Sparta (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013).
Beau Riffenburgh loves to dig into dusty archives and uncover the lost stories of fascinating historical characters. He shifts course a bit in his latest book, Pinkertons Great Detective, about James McParland, one of the nations earliest private agents.
In The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin tackles Teddy through his relationships with Taft, his trusty-aide-turned-successor-turned-political-rival, and the muckraking reporters who exposed civil and corporate corruption and helped him push through reform.
A few years ago, riding in a taxi with my boss, we fell into conversation about guilty pleasures. Do you know what Abbys is? my coworker piped up. Ann Patchett. My boss looked surprised.
Screw magazine once wrote that Lynda Schor writes about sex as matter-of-factly as a harried housewife trying to make food stamps stretch at the local A&P. Its an ingenious strategy.
In December of 1956, Rodolfo Walsh was sitting in a cafe in Buenos Aires playing chess with his friends when he learned that a man who had supposedly been executed was, in fact, alive.
Aurelie Sheehan’s Jewelry Box catalogs, in part, the ephemeral treasures associated with love. The book begins its investigation with the eponymous prefatory story about a mother who shows her young daughter the rings and pins she treasures.
Lance Armstrongs story has been equal parts inspirational journey and tabloid fodder. After he was publicly shamed as a cheater, his epic collapse culminated in a highly anticipated, tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Except he did not tell all.