Books Archive

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince - When Robin Williams died, my Facebook screen lit up with one quote after another from “The Little Prince.” I didn’t understand why so many people responded with lines from this book.

John Besh: Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way - I have been married a number of times. My wives have nothing in common. Except this: They all read cookbooks in bed. And not casually --- they read cookbooks as

Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music, The Definitive Life - Guest Butler Joe DePreta, a New York marketing consultant and writer on cultural trends, is a student of musicology from Sinatra to the Sex Pistols. When I was a kid, my

My Parents Open Carry - There’s nothing funny about children dying from gunshots --- and, in the last few years, more than 7,000 American kids under 20 do each year. What’s even less funny is

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace - Bird by Bird is the book to read if you’re a beginning writer, or a baffled amateur, or just want to witness a fine stylist making the keyboard sing. I don’t

The Book with No Pictures - A book for 5-to-8-year-old children. A book for 5-to-8-year-old children with no pictures. A book for 5-to-8-year-old children with no pictures by a writer who’s never written anything for children. And

‘A Christmas Carol’ & Beyond: Shorter books, please! - The writer I used to be would be appalled by the writer I have become. A butcher.   Back in the days before you could get credit at Harvard for taking courses that

‘Gatsby,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Murphys: Amanda Vaill connects the dots - The budget of the movie was $105 million, and as the May 10 opening of Baz Lurhmann’s 3-D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” approaches, it feels like another $105 million

‘wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal — And a Meal into a Sandwich - Tom Colicchio is on television so often that I can’t quite picture him actually having a day job. In fact, he does, and he’s both innovative and successful. There are

1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List - YOU AND HEAD BUTLER AND AMAZON The business model of is Amazon. It’s that simple: Commission from sales on Amazon is the site’s only revenue. Which you can increase: Whenever

100 Journeys for the Spirit - Landscapes with spiritual power --- haven’t we been there before? Yes. We have. The book is Sacred Landscapes: The Threshold Between Worlds. It features the miraculous photographs of Lynn Davis and

1920: The Year of Six Presidents - Guest Butler Billl Bodkin, a New York attorney and writer, is a student of American History. I’m not, so I’m delighted when he offers to school me. He last reviewed

2182 Kilohertz - I've just read a stunning news item: So much of the Arctic ice cover has disappeared “that a ship could sail unhindered from Europe's most northerly

365 Tao: Daily Meditations - Oklahoma: Head Butler doesn’t look as if it has a community --- there are no message boards --- but it is. You write, I respond, and if you keep at

740 Park - I was once married to an extremely rich woman. When we were out together, her set tended to forget I was a writer --- worse, a journalist. That

A Butler’s Life - Jeeves is no more. He served so well for so long that I really don't think of that search engine as "Ask" --- to me, it will always

A Coffin for Dimitrios - Graham Greene: "unquestionably our best thriller writer." John le Carré: “the source on which we all draw." Alfred Hitchcock: “Eric Ambler is a phenomenon.” And perhaps the ultimate endorsement: In the film of

A Dangerous Place - GUEST BUTLER NORA LEVINE owns the literary mystery/thriller corner of this site. That’s my good fortune --- I can’t read everything --- and yours too. Nora introduced us --- well,

A Gifted Thriller Novelist Names 5 Great Thrillers - Guest Butler Alan Hruska wrote a thriller I actually finished. And liked. A rare event. I asked him why someone so talented would write a thriller. This is his reponse. ------ Good

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table - A book that begins with a father, surveying the dinner table, remarking, “You know, we eat better at home than most people do in restaurants” --- how can