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Mixology History, with Recipes

Posted 5/4/2016 in Book Reviews

Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed To (Melville House) by Paul Dickson is an informal history of prohibition concentrating on changes in drinking patterns and recipes.

What's in a Name?

Posted 4/20/2016 in Book Reviews

Ruth Bernard Yeazell, in Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired Their Names (Princeton University Press), tells a surprising story within art history.

A Master of the English Baroque

Posted 3/29/2016 in Book Reviews

From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor (Reaktion Books) by Owen Hopkins is an appreciation of a unique architect and his strange buildings.

A Graphic Memoir about a Mystery Mother

Posted 3/25/2016 in Book Reviews

Invisible Ink: My Mother's Secret Affair with a Famous Cartoonist (Fantagraphics Books) by cartoonist Bill Griffith divulges family secrets.

Farewell, Doctor Sacks

Posted 3/16/2016 in Book Reviews

In Gratitude (Knopf), Oliver Sacks makes his goodbyes.

A Prince of Printers

Posted 3/8/2016 in Book Reviews

Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World (David R. Godine, Publisher) by Valerie Lester tells of a superstar punchcutter.

Starting the Science of Volcanoes

Posted 3/2/2016 in Book Reviews

The Last Volcano: A Man, a Romance, and the Quest to Understand Nature's Most Magnificent Fury (Pegasus Books) by John Dvorak tells of a volcano pioneer.

Don't Just Sit There

Posted 2/24/2016 in Book Reviews

How to Watch a Movie (Knopf) by David Thomson has good instruction for film fans

That Old Time Irreligion

Posted 2/16/2016 in Book Reviews

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World (Knopf) by Tim Whitmarsh reveals a universality of disbelief.

King of the Con Men

Posted 2/4/2016 in Book Reviews

My Adventures with Your Money: George Graham Rice and the Golden Age of the Con Artist (St. Martin's Press) by T. D. Thornton brings a skilled con man out of obscurity.


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