A Partial History of Lost Causes - Jennifer Dubois

A Partial History of Lost Causes (Dial, $16), by Jennifer Dubois, is an excellent debut novel in which a young American woman with an inherited fatal disease becomes linked to a world chess champion and opposition presidential candidate in Russia. Dubois tells the stories of the two protagonists, whose lives intersect across two countries and several decades, with compelling detail and language. Chess–and learning to beat long odds–is a subtext throughout, as are the political ramifications of the transition from Soviet leadership to Putin-style “democracy.”  Dubois is a smart and gifted writer.
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ISBN: 9780812982176
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 21st, 2012

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man - Walter Stahr

William Seward received welcome attention from historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in her landmark study of Lincoln and the men he appointed to his cabinet, Team of Rivals. But decades after the last major biography of Seward, the one-time presidential aspirant and Secretary of State deserved another thorough examination, which Walter Stahr offers in Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man (Simon & Schuster, $32.50). Stahr, who had a career in law and finance before turning full time to writing biographies (his first book was about another behind-the-scenes power, John Jay), unearthed a trove of documents that enabled him to challenge some of the conventional wisdom about Seward’s role in several of Lincoln’s most important decisions regarding treatment of the South during the Civil War—and more.

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ISBN: 9781439121184
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 17th, 2013

Dearie - Bob Spitz

Julia Child is already so familiar to many cooks and would-be cooks that it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to spend time wading through a 500-page biography of her. But with Dearie (Knopf, $29.95)— Child’s term for most everyone—Bob Spitz has succeeded in producing an entertaining and intimate portrait that captures the charm, quirkiness, and innate culinary talent that made Child (and her wine-drinking) so popular in her heyday and even today. You don’t have to be a devotee of the old The French Chef television series or have a dog-eared copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in your kitchen to enjoy this thorough, and highly readable, account of the woman who revolutionized the way Americans think about home cooking.

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ISBN: 9780307473417
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2013