The Hand That Feeds You

Amazon's Best Books of July: Part Two

We hope we whet your appetite on Wednesday with part one of July’s Best Books of the Month. Part two includes the latest action-packed, page-turner by...

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Put This in Your Pipe and Surf It

I recently wrote that fly-fishing is really hard. Well, fly-fishing ain't got nothing on surfing. Last year, I visited Dave Callanan, a friend and former editor here, at his home in Santa Barbara. I'd never surfed, so he and his...

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Circling the Sun

Amazon's Best Books of July: Part One

We always try to find a range of favorites for our Best of the Month list – and we think we’ve done a particularly good job for July...

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Not That Superbad After All: Judd Apatow on "Allen Klein"

If you know who Allen Klein is, you probably know him as the manager who broke up the Beatles and bilked the Stones. Music writer Fred Goodman's new biography of Klein aims to soften that image a bit, making its...

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Primates of Park Avenue

Sara Says: I’d Be a Terrible Publisher

The talk of the publishing town – that would be New York – this past week or so has been the publication of Primates of Park Avenue, the sort-of scientific dissection of a certain breed of New York jungle animal, the Upper East Side wife and mother...

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Shaken Not Stirred: Tricks of the Spy Trade

With a few months still to wait for the new James Bond film, I'm getting my espionage fix in the pages of "Ultimate Spy" checking out real-life gadgets like these...

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The Doctor Is In

Sara Says: Here Are Two Books You’ll Love in Spite of Yourself

Whether you admit it or not – come on, admit it! – you’re a snob about something. Everybody is, and most don’t like to say so. So here’s my admission...

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Excerpt: Etgar Keret's "The Seven Good Years: A Memoir"

Etgar Keret is not your usual memoirist. For his first foray into the genre—he is the author of several lauded short story collections—Keret chose the titular Seven Good Years between the birth of his son and the death of his...

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Even This I Get to Experience

Sara Says: Sometimes It’s OK to Meet Your Heroes

Not that Norman Lear was exactly a personal hero of mine; I’d never met the man or read anything about him or his life. His work, though – that’s another story! For me as for most of my peers, the shows he wrote/created/produced -- All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude...

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The Moscow Rules: Vlad Putin and the Rise of the Russian Oligarchs

With his knack for turning narrative nonfiction into stories worthy of the best thriller fiction, Ben Mezrich is one of our favorite writers. 2002's Bringing Down the House was a breathless account of how six card-counting M.I.T. students outsmarted millions...

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