The 10 most important books of 2016

The 10 most important books of 2016

Books are slow food. It generally takes two years, two hardworking years, to cook up a book from idea to publication. Some writers can go faster — those who publish a book a year (or more) are working at top speed — while others write much more slowly, ruminating and reworking and false-starting for a […]

Martin Rubin: ‘Great Mediterranean Passenger Ships’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘Great Mediterranean Passenger Ships’ book review

GREAT MEDITERRANEAN PASSENGER SHIPS By William H. Miller The History Press/IPG, $36.95, 96 pages, illustrated Most of the attention paid to transatlantic ocean liners centered on the North Atlantic route, dominated by British, French, Dutch and German vessels, with the occasional American superstars like the interwar SS Leviathan and the postwar SS United States. Then, […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Conclave’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Conclave’ book review

CONCLAVE By Robert Harris Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, 304 pages Doings that occur behind closed doors always fascinate and especially if they have to do with politics or power, which is one reason why document leaks always hit the headlines. The allure of secrecy and the thrill of leak-like revelations of secret discussion are the […]

School bans classic American novels after complaint over racism

School bans classic American novels after complaint over racism

A public school system is temporarily removing two classic novels from bookshelves for their use of racial slurs after a parent complained at a school board meeting. Accomack County Public Schools in Virginia pulled “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from the curriculum, classrooms and libraries in the school system due […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Exposure’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Exposure’ book review

EXPOSURE By Helen Dunmore Atlantic Monthly Press, $25, 400 pages The female tradition of novels about war and its aftermath differs from the more familiar male tradition. Women writers don’t focus on soldiers and battlefields or spies and moles and checkpoints, but on the people left at home to deal with food shortages, and with […]