Unparallel Lives

The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King

Ernest Meissonier: Master in His Genre by Constance Cain Hungerford

Eating Out

Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford

My Life in France by Julia Child, with Alex Prud'homme

The US in Peril?

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century by Kevin Phillips

The Trouble with Costa Rica

The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics edited by Steven Palmer and Iván Molina

Foreign Investment, Development, and Globalization: Can Costa Rica Become Ireland? by Eva Paus

La Miel de los Mudos, y Otros Cuentos Ticos de Ciencia Ficción by Iván Molina Jiménez


Stephen Kinzer, a former New York Times bureau chief in Nica­ragua, is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown. His new book is The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. (December 2013)

Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for The New York Times, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

Jeff Madrick is the director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Re­discovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation and editor of Challenge Magazine. His new book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Damaged America and the World.

Michael Massing, a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, frequently writes about the press.

Daniel Mendelsohn was born in 1960 and studied classics at the University of Virginia and at Princeton, where he received his doctorate. His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review. His books include The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; and the collection Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, published by New York Review Books. He teaches at Bard College.

Philippa Townsend is completing doctoral studies at Princeton in the religions of late antiquity, specializing in Coptic texts. (June 2006)

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. He is the author, most recently, of The Future of the Catholic Church with 
Pope Francis.

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. In honor of the 250th ­anniversary of the Stamp Act, his two edited volumes of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, 1764–1776 will be published this summer, 2015.