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Book Review: White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

Bubbas, rubbish, scum, crackers - America's history is replete with nicknames for its poorest white citizens. Melinda Nuss shares her thoughts on White Trash, a perhaps overly-ambitious attempt to put that particular cultural identity into perspective.

Book Review: 'Dark Money'

It should come as no surprise that Candidacy plus Cash equals Corruption. Nevertheless, Jane Mayer's new book shines a light into some of the darkest recesses of political influence peddling in America. Philip Revzin shares his review.

Book Review: Judging Books And Their Covers

German graphic design reached its zenith during the Weimar years. A new tome from Taschen copiously documents the book designers' achievements.

Book Review: The Annotated Brothers Grimm Bicentenntial Edition

Harvard scholar Maria Tatar has added six new tales to this deluxe anniversary edition of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's popular, but often gruesome German folk tales.

Book Review: Stella Adler on American Master Playwrights

Acting coach to Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning among many others, the legendary Stella Adler dissects American theatre classics in a companion volume to her book on the master European playwrights Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov.

Money Can't Buy Happiness (But Looks Can Buy Money)

In his recent book, Economist Daniel S. Hamermesh explains why people with attractive faces make more money than those with average looks.

Book Review: Language Games

Melynda Nuss on two new books about how we communicate in a multilingual and multicultural world.

But is Accosting the Hotel Maid Also Wrong?

Can legal scholar Allan C. Hutchinson's recent book 'Is Eating People Wrong?' inform us about the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault scandal in America? New York attorney Alan Behr reviews the book and offers an opinion on the legal case against the former IMF chief.

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2007 National Book Awards and European Literary Prizes Announced

Coveted book awards and literary prizes in the U.S. and Europe make headlines this week.

A Book By Its Cover 2: Tap-Tap Island

In the latest of his “Imagined Denouement” series, O. Tyrone Shulaise proposes what the final page of a book might be, based solely on the appearance of its cover.


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