E.L. Doctorow's new novel Andrew's Brain takes the reader deep into the mind of a cognitive scientist who's struggling with both scientific questions and personal tragedy. Critic Heller McAlpin says the book, which takes the form of Andrew's monologue to a doctor, is "a real head-scratcher."
Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook, also known as the Casserole Queens, pass along a favorite recipe out of South Texas. Sandy grew up with the King Ranch Casserole, a cheesy Tex-Mex dish, and she says the traditional quick fix doesn't need any updating. Never mind if the casserole's origins have gotten mixed up along the way: This one's a keeper.
Gabriel Sherman traces the beginning of Fox News' success back to its wall-to-wall coverage of Monica Lewinsky. He says, "Ratings during the Lewinsky scandal exploded more than 400 percent, so you saw instantly that there was a market for this type of ... television." Sherman's book is called The Loudest Voice In The Room.