arts 02.7.14

Book Land
the skint

The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway by Doug Most tells the story of two great cities in the late 19th century as they go deep—an express ride through the ups and downs of two major civic projects.

Dancing Fish and Ammonites is a new memoir by the great Penelope Lively. If you haven't read any of her novels, Moon Tiger is the place to start.

In Roman Night, Nick Lansing introduces private investigator Alessandro Fenner, who is recovering from a devastating personal tragedy when events propels him back into crime fighting. Not only is P. I. Fenner a welcome newcomer, so is Mr. Lansing. And a balmy Roman night sounds especially good about now.

From Rome to Athens… In The Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly, the author offers up 'a new understanding of the world's most iconic building and the people who made it.' Fascinating stuff.

In What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives, Bruce Grierson looks at the life of nonagenarian Olga Kotelko in a book that will have your heart and mind racing.

Out next week, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert narrates with clarity the wonders of nature as they are and the existential challenges ahead.

In HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes gives us a look behind the curtain of the Clinton machine and insight into the former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady herself. Out February 11.

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain, by Gregory Berns, offers proof of what dog owners have always known about their best friends.

Chef Rawia Bishara's new cookbook, Olives, Lemons & Za'atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking, combines Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences in the most delicious ways possible. The book is out next Thursday.

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 5-10:30pm: 'salon à l'empire', a new free monthly vintage-themed party at the empire hotel rooftop, kicks off with music by the new orleans swamp donkeys and dj vavavoon, burlesque by hazel honeysuckle, gogo dancing by miss kacie marie and sexy trivia.

fri 7pm: the office's b.j. novak talks about his book, one more thing: stories and other stories, at b+n union square. free

sat 11am-10pm: the 138th annual westminster dog show is coming next week. pre-game at the 1st annual masters agility championship. pier 94, $20

sat 8pm (monthly):the people's symphony concerts continue the season with the east coast chamber orchestra (ecco) performing mozart, satie, ravel, more. washington irving auditorium (gramercy park), $14.

sun 1-7pm: the greenpointers annual valentine's market offers 60 art/craft + food and drink vendors, plus free love letter writing, free couples astrology readings, free massages, free nail art, a photo booth, speed friending… more! greenpoint loft (67 west st., 5th floor), free admission.


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