Issue of June 5, 2011

Food gone bad or just gone; intimate letters missing but information found; books that should be written; and one book that will last forever are all part of this week’s new issue. We hope you enjoy it.

Searching through letters, diaries, and other work, biographers delve deeply into their subjects’ intimate lives. In The Silent Woman, Carl Rollyson describes his recent explorations into the life of Amy Lowell that led him to her companionate muse, Ada Dwyer Russell, who, he found, came alive through Amy’s poems.

Sports books tend to follow the crowd. No surprise, Pete Croatto says, since publishers need to make money. But there are some still unwritten that could do that, and to help out, he devised a wish-list of “essential” sports books as well as the people who should write them in What Else Is Out There?

Food history is as fraught with (herb) murder, human suicide, expeditions gone mad (or maybe just bad), and food tampering. Gillian Polack undertakes her own food journey, thankfully without any problems, through history and books in “Molasses is evil”: Teaching Food History by Example (or, What Not to Do).

The recent Great Memorial Weekend Read was almost a one-book weekend because of a single memoir that gripped Lauren Roberts so passionately she nearly stopped with just that book. Books with that kind of impact are not common, but they are unforgettable as they move From the Shelf to the Heart.

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