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Cork Dork: A toast to all sommeliers

SOMMELIER is a simple yet mysterious job title. The most basic translation from the French might be wine expert, but then how exactly does one attain that status? Bianca Bosker decided to find out in ...

April 23, 2017, Sunday

Jewish writer’s influence on China

THANKS to “Fiddler on the Roof,” Jewish writer Sholom Aleichem is known predominantly for creating “Tevye the Milkman.” But to Chinese translator Yao Yi’en, Sholom Aleichem’s most enduring character is ...

April 23, 2017, Sunday

Novel confronts painful history

A MIT professor, Zheng Hong has spent his academic life as a theoretical physicist. However, at 80 he published the historical novel “Nanjing Never Cries.” Set in the city of Nanjing during the time ...

March 19, 2017, Sunday

‘Keeper’ filled with unexpected twists and turns

DID you ever consider there is a story behind seemingly discarded items that one may find on the street or in public gathering spaces? In “The Keeper of Lost Things,” Ruth Hogan explores this scenario. ...

March 19, 2017, Sunday

Fun and informative guide to China

I’D say it’s quite an ambition to introduce China in one book. With its thousands of years of history, combined with the diversity of its people and land, many things in China have changed dramatically ...

February 26, 2017, Sunday

Charming anti-hero steals show in new Parker novel ‘Revelation’

THE late Robert B. Parker made a career — a very successful, almost 40-year one — out of a series of flawed-hero protagonists: Spenser, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone among them. They had at one point ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday

Other-worldly fun in ‘Wrong Todays’

WHAT if the world we know today is actually a dystopian society? Could the reason we don’t live like the Jetsons be attributed to one person’s mistake that altered the evolution of technology? Elan Mastai ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday

Even in retirement, Rebus on the case

Does your idea of a relaxing and rewarding retirement involve inspecting drowned corpses on the dockside, interviewing murder suspects and interrogating notorious gangsters? No? Then you are not ex-cop ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday

An expedition to Honduran city

To pigeonhole Douglas Preston a true-crime author is a gross understatement of his skills as a writer. Yes, his many best-sellers with Lincoln Child are fun, suspenseful romps chronicling the adventures ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday

‘The Princess Diarist’ fails to deliver

“i’VE spent so many years not telling the story of Harrison and me having an affair on the first ‘Star Wars’ movie that it’s difficult to know exactly how to tell it now,” Carrie Fisher announces on page ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday


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