Books

Books

Homely Abe

Today Lincoln is remembered mostly for his ideals. In his lifetime, people were fascinated with his appearance. This is Richard Wightman Fox's starting point.

Europe and the Islamic World, by John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein, and Henry Laurens

Europe and the Islamic World is a grandly ambitious attempt to sketch the interaction of faiths and regions from the seventh century to the present.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, by Nina Sankovitch

Nina Sankovitch explores the meaning and value of letters in our post-postal age.

Ask a mortician

Morticians haven't charged too much, they've done too much. With this precisely correct claim, Caitlin Doughty earns her contrarian stripes.