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Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book

Oversized books

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Books, Dec. 3, 2010

The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto

Bernard DeVoto

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Books, Dec. 3, 2010

100 Dresses: The Costume Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Harold Koda

Reviewed by Anne Harris, Books, Dec. 3, 2010

The Essential 'New York Times' Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century

Need help making that Black Friday shopping list? Here's a selection of great cookbook ideas with something to delight any foodie you know.

Reviewed by Kate Thornberry, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

What to Cook & How To Cook It

Jane Hornby

Reviewed by Mick Vann, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

Allegra Goodman

Reviewed by MM Pack, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Good Eats 2: The Middle Years

Alton Brown

Reviewed by Claudia Alarcón, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Growing Tasty Tropical Plants: In Any Home, Anywhere.

Laurelynn & Byron Martin

Reviewed by Claudia Alarcón, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Soups + Sides

Catherine Walthers

Reviewed by Kate Thornberry, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies

Alice Medrich

Reviewed by Virginia B. Wood, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Bake!: Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking

Nick Malgieri

Reviewed by Monica Riese, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market

Deborah Madison

Reviewed by Rachel Feit, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France

Joan Nathan

Reviewed by Rachel Feit, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Living Gluten and Dairy-Free With French Gourmet Food

Alain Braux

Reviewed by Cindy Widner, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Thai Street Food

David Thompson

Reviewed by Mick Vann, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Let Me Tell You About Wine: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Wine/Oldman's Brave New World of Wine: Pleasure, Value, and Adventure Beyond Wine's Usual Suspects

Oz Clarke and Mark Oldman

Reviewed by Wes Marshall, Food, Nov. 26, 2010

Exley: A Novel

This is a book that charms without seeming to try

Reviewed by Cindy Widner, Books, Nov. 19, 2010

Bandit Love

Good wine and thugs, in translation

Reviewed by Katherine Smith, Books, Nov. 19, 2010

I Shall Wear Midnight

In this fourth Tiffany Aching novel, the young witch becomes a woman

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Books, Oct. 29, 2010

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel

This ingenious debut novel is set in a time-skipping future

Reviewed by Audra Schroeder, Books, Oct. 29, 2010

The Widower's Tale: A Novel

A funny and subtle portrait of a family negotiating continuing crises from National Book Award-winner Julia Glass

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Books, Oct. 8, 2010

Blood-Dark Track: A Family History

Reissue of Netherland author Joseph O'Neill's inquiry into his grandfathers' pasts

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Books, Oct. 8, 2010

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

Memphis native Sides is a great storyteller, and Hellhound often reads more like historical fiction than nonfiction

Reviewed by Nick Barbaro, Books, Oct. 1, 2010

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

For the Comanche history novice, this is an entertaining and easy-to-read starting point, but not a very intellectually strenuous one

Reviewed by Ed Baker, Books, Oct. 1, 2010

The Lady Matador's Hotel: A Novel

In this beautifully written short novel, García revisits the theme of cultural identity that arises from the isolation and dislocation from one's homeland

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Books, Sep. 17, 2010

A Curable Romantic: A Novel

A twice-married virgin wanders sexually liberated Vienna and collides with – who else? – Freud

Reviewed by James Renovitch, Books, Sep. 17, 2010

Zero History

The onetime king of modern sci-fi is becoming less Ray Bradbury and more John le Carré

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Books, Sep. 10, 2010

To Hell With Cronjé

What makes this novel and its fresh English-language publication so timely is that its themes have become uncomfortably familiar

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Books, Sep. 10, 2010

The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings

James Baldwin, the oracular writer and spectacular wordsmith of mid-20th century America, is revivified in this new collection

Reviewed by Marjorie Baumgarten, Books, Aug. 20, 2010

Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews

As important a book in its own way as François Truffaut's Hitchcock, Listen to the Echoes compiles dozens of hours of interviews Bradbury's biographer has conducted over the past several decades

Reviewed by Marc Savlov, Books, Aug. 20, 2010

Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

A funny and spine-shivering satire of the not-too-distant future

Reviewed by James Renovitch, Books, Aug. 13, 2010

Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

More like the Cougar Queen: Historian Alison Weir's latest novel is a bodice-ripper

Reviewed by Margaret Moser, Books, Aug. 13, 2010

The Thieves of Manhattan

Take this publishing industry satire to the beach, but don't turn your brain off just yet

Reviewed by James Renovitch, Books, Aug. 6, 2010

Kings of the Earth

A farming family tragedy about brothers – and a brother's keeper

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Books, Aug. 6, 2010

Sick City

This L.A. noir is fearless about naming, shaming, and spoofing brand-name burn-outs

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Books, Jul. 23, 2010

Red Rain

Greed, muck, and strife at a Hudson River port in 1864

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Books, Jul. 23, 2010

Role Models

In this collection of prose portraits of some of his cultural heroes, the legendary filmmaker regularly reveals more about himself than his subjects

Reviewed by Marjorie Baumgarten, Screens, Jul. 9, 2010

Gasoline

This Catalan novel, originally published in 1983, skewers New York's art scene in the Eighties

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Books, Jul. 9, 2010

Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization

By establishing the facts of evolution – the where, when, why, and how of human, animal, and plant genetic selection, survival, and extinction – Wells proves that we are pretty much done with theories

Reviewed by Ed Baker, Books, Jul. 9, 2010

Killer Kaiju Monsters: Strange Beasts of Japanese Film

This foldout design book is both ridiculously fun and the perfect primer for kids or adults curious about Japan's giant monsters

Reviewed by Marc Savlov, Screens, Jul. 2, 2010

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