18 Books Men Want
By Bruce Feiler
256 pages; William Morrow
Diagnosed with a serious illness, journalist Feiler gathers six of his best friends to be there in their own ways for his daughters.
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By Zachary Mason
240 pages; FSG
Homer's classic revisited, expanded upon, played with. A brainiac's take that's not just for scholars.
By Jonathan Lethem
480 pages; Doubleday
Friction, charisma, unpleasantness, and threat are key to this tale of scintillating misfits... Read more
By Stephen King
1,072 pages; Scribner
Trust Stephen King to create more hellish scenarios, in the 1,072 pages of Under the Dome, than you could ever imagine, yet still have you wanting more.... Read more
By Hampton Sides
480 pages; Doubleday
A meticulous account of the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. and the capture of the man who stalked and eventually killed him.
By Wes Moore
256 pages; Spiegel & Grau
Born just a year apart in the same rough Baltimore neighborhood, both Wes Moores were raised by single mothers. One became a Rhodes scholar and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence for murder... Read more
By William Vollmann
1,344 pages; Viking
Not only electrifying in the news it brings of ongoing injustice and pain but also a magnificent ballet of fragments, a huge, endless labor, a book of unimaginable skill and inspired genius. Read more
By Wallace Shawn
186 pages; Haymarket
Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn's Essays is full of what you might call conversation starters: tricky propositions about morality...politics, privilege, runaway nationalist fantasies, collective guilt, and art as a force for change... Read more
By Larry McMurtry
192 pages; Simon & Schuster
Whether ogling racecars with Susan Sontag or waxing skeptical about winning the Pulitzer Prize, McMurtry, now 73, is the master of the showstopping anecdote... Read more
By Jules Feiffer
464 pages; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
The loopy, octogenarian cartoonist tells his own story, this time in words. Well, mostly.
By Joe Sacco
432 pages; Metropolitan
A comic book that gives new meaning to the term "graphic novel": about critical conflict in the Middle East.
By Ralph Ellison
1,136 pages; Random House
Compiled from 3,000 manuscript pages and other notes left by the late author of Invisible Man.
By David R. Dow
288 pages; Twelve
A riveting memoir by a thinking, feeling lawyer whose clients are on death row.
By Sanjay Gupta, MD
304 pages; Grand Central
"Let me let you in on a little secret: When the heart stops beating, it's not the end." If you can read that sentence and not devour the rest of Cheating Death, by neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, you're probably not breathing... Read more
By Andre Agassi
400 pages; Knopf
Agassi's style is open, all right, and his book, like so many of his tennis games, is a clear winner. Read more
By Edward M. Kennedy
532 pages; Twelve
True Compass, by the late senator Edward M. Kennedy, leaves the impression of a complicated, passionate man who spent most of his life dealing with a legacy he never sought... Read more
By Jon Krakauer
416 pages; Doubleday
Krakauer's account of the way the Bush administration tried to turn pro-football player turned solider Pat Tillman's story into pro-war propaganda is both meticulous and passionate... Read more
From Brooklyn to Boston, from Phoenix (where "sunshine is the new noir") to pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans, each volume in the series—featuring stories by the likes of Lee Child, Maggie Estep, Stewart O'Nan—reveals a city's distinctive inner darkness... Read more
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