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Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders react to primary election results during a campaign rally in Phoenix

What We Get Wrong About Presidential Power

In “Listen, Liberal” the author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? mounts a scathing indictment of the Clintons and their Democratic Party.

April 25, 2016
"The Best of Irish Country Cooking" is Nuala Cullen's fourth Irish cookbook. Credit: Copyright 2016 Courtesy of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.

Irish Cooking With Surprising International Accents

“The ‘new style’ of Irish cooking incorporates a lot of outside influences, such as Asian and Thai, as well as all sorts of ingredients from continental Europe.”

March 4, 2016
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) before awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to American novelist Harper Lee (L) in the East Room of the White House, in this November 5, 2007, file photo. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Author Harper Lee Dies At 89

The author Lee wrote one of America’s most beloved literary classics

February 19, 2016
Bruce Springsteen performs with U2 during a surprise concert in support of World AIDS Day in Times Square in New York, December 1, 2014.

Bruce Springsteen Promises To Show His Mind In Autobiography

Bruce Springsteen will publish an autobiography in September that he promises will show readers how his personal struggles inspired his music, including his classic 1975 hit “Born to Run.”

February 11, 2016

Pop Culture Warned Us About Trump, Part 4: ‘The Dead Zone’

Stephen King’s most terrifying invention may be something much closer to home — a coarse, unstable demagogue who enters the political arena seemingly out of nowhere, rides a wave of populism to an unlikely White House victory, and raging with messianic self-regard incites a nuclear apocalypse. Sound at all familiar?

December 19, 2015

‘The Devil’s Financial Dictionary’ Cuts Through The Euphemism, Doublespeak, And Lies Of Wall Street

Among its many myths, Wall Street would have you believe that you are better off being “advised” by stockbrokers who will put their own interests ahead of yours. I seek to offer a glossary of what lies beneath such mendacity.

December 9, 2015

It All Begins With The GOP

The Republican base is a deeply divided one. The moderates are increasingly marginalized in their party as Evangelical and Tea Party segments grow more defensive of views that are increasingly unpopular and under threat nationally.

December 6, 2015

Patti Davis: A New Novel Helps Bury Old Wounds

The iconic Republican president’s daughter is just as liberal and engaged as ever in the questions of the day. Ages ago, she was known for being a sharp critic of her father, a breach that has since healed.

December 4, 2015

Make Spirits Bright With These 5 Cocktail, Wine-Themed Books

Every year about this time I write a column of mini-reviews of wine and spirits books as suggestions for holiday giving. I’ve come across some good ones this year. So let’s get right to it.

November 27, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Notorious RBG: The Life And Times Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’

‘Notorious RBG’ is a delightful and elegantly designed visual guide to the cultural impact one determined warrior for social justice can have when she becomes the stuff memes are made of.

November 21, 2015
Book review on Donald Trump’s Crippled America

Book Review: Trump’s Sloppy, Illogical ‘Crippled America’ Is A Jumble Of Contradictions

David Cay Johnston reviews Donald Trump’s latest release, which is less a book than it is “a jumble of contradictions and thoughts that have not yet reached the half-baked stage.”

November 7, 2015

Author And Activist Gloria Steinem: Making Her Past Present for All

Here comes the wise, wry feminist icon in her early 80s, with a memoir that reads like a letter to the future.

November 6, 2015

Back To The Dark Side: Dick Cheney’s Pax Americana

Dick Cheney’s new book deserves to be dismissed and ignored, except that to ignore it is to let the subversive ideas therein go unchallenged. They are an affront to our history, to our values, to our culture, and must be fought.

October 26, 2015

What To Make Of David Foster Wallace As Portrayed In ‘The End of the Tour’?

‘The End of the Tour’ is all about our relationship to image, both in the story it tells, of a writer at the very moment he became an icon, and also in the way it tells that story.

August 8, 2015

In ‘A Full Life,’ Jimmy Carter At 90 Remains A Wise Truth Teller

Jimmy Carter lets us down. Not with his new book — a warm and detailed memoir — but with his response to the question “Does the arc of history bend toward justice?”

July 24, 2015

‘Ragtime’ Author E.L. Doctorow Dies At Age 84

E.L. Doctorow, the author of popular novels grounded in American history including Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, has died at age 84.

July 22, 2015

‘Art Of The Con’ Paints Revealing Picture Of Scammed Collectors

There is something irresistible about that point where art and crime intersect: the money, the egos, the jet-set country club types — not to mention all the talk about provenance and brush strokes and craquelure.

July 19, 2015

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchman’ Reveals A Darker Side Of Maycomb

It would be a mistake to read Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman as a sequel to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. There are many points of divergence or overlap between the novels, which are related in a complicated way.

July 19, 2015
Ted Cruz book a time for truth

Ted Cruz Vs. ‘The New York Times’

Either way, this dustup with the Times means more sales and publicity for the GOP candidate.

July 14, 2015

Nixon Agonistes — His Tainted Legacy Still Overshadows The Nation

Richard Nixon’s chief legacy is a pattern of presidential abuse of power from which our country is still recovering.

July 12, 2015

‘Death And Mr. Pickwick’ — A Novel Rich Enough For Dickens To Steal

Calling Dickens’ authorial claim “the greatest literary hoax in history,” Jarvis weaves a staggering amount of research into a gripping, fictionalized presentation of his emphatically non-fictional argument: Dickens stole both the concept as well as various scenes and characters in Pickwick.

July 5, 2015

‘The Ferguson Report’ Offers A Damning Indictment

The timing couldn’t be more appropriate: Last week, barely five days after Dylann Storm Roof allegedly killed nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Justice Department’s The Ferguson Report, first made public in March, came out in book form.

July 5, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary Of Deliberately Deceptive Language’

To negotiate the verbal minefield of misdirection, euphemism, and flat-out falsehoods, we now have the definitive concordance of the language of spin.

June 21, 2015
Jonas Salk

Weekend Reader: ‘Jonas Salk: A Life’

Jonas Salk: A Life is the first complete biography of the scientist who defeated polio.

June 14, 2015