18 Books to Watch for in May 2012
This month, we delve into the past with a reissued classic from W. Somerset Maugham, a found cookbook from Elizabeth Gilbert's grandmother, and new historical fiction set in WWI.
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At Home on the Range
When first published in 1947, At Home on the Range, by Margaret Yardley Potter, must have seemed a shockingly non-girly truth-talking cookbook and life guide. Read today—as introduced in a new McSweeney's edition by Potter's great-granddaughter, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert—it is both artifact and artfully useful. Choice bit: Potter, who died in 1955 at the age of 62, liked to invite guests not for dinner but rather for breakfast—"en negligé." We're not surprised that Gilbert, who celebrates her "Gima" throughout, comes from such feisty stock.
— Sara Nelson