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01-flappers.jpgWhat qualities do Josephine Baker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Tallulah Bankhead, Lady Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard and Tamara de Lempicka all share? They were all prominent in the Twenties and are the subjects of an intriguing new group biography, "Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation" (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Judith Mackrell, who is the dance critic of The Guardian. Mackrell's previous book, her first, was 2008's "Bloomsbury Ballerina," the story of Lydia Lopokova, the former Ballets Russes dancer who married the celebrated economist John Maynard Keynes. 
eye-dan-stevens04.jpgActor Dan Stevens, who made his name by playing Matthew Crawley -- a pivotal character who combined stalwart decency and a great deal of romantic appeal -- on the phenomenally successful British TV series "Downton Abbey," has a number of new projects in the works. (The fourth season, the first without Matthew, is currently on PBS in the U.S.)

From Henry Ford 2nd to Madonna, fall's best reads look back at trendsetters' early beginnings.

November 26, 2013 4:44 PM

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Naomie Harris Talks 'Mandela'

Meeting Naomie Harris for the first time after seeing her new film, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," directed by Justin Chadwick, is a little intimidating.
"Queen of the Air: "A True Story of Love & Tragedy at the Circus" (Crown), by Dean Jensen, tells the story of a brilliant aerialist, Lillian Leitzel, and her life under and outside the Big Top.

Patricia Volk's new book, "Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me" (Alfred A. Knopf), is a memoir about what she considers two of her biggest influences, her mother, Audrey Morgen Volk, and designer Elsa Schiaparelli, whose fragrance, Shocking de Schiaparelli, her mother wore.


husbandwives.jpgIn "My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man's Odyssey" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) by Charles Rowan Beye, a retired classicist whose 50-year career included professorships at Boston University and New York University, tells the story of his life as a lover of men who chose to marry two women.

Where did the Revolutionary War take place, and what traces of it still remain in those spots? That's a question Robert Sullivan elected to answer in "My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Everyone has seen Man Ray's iconic photograph, "Le Violon d'Ingres," which shows a nude woman photographed from the back and ornamented at the waist with F-holes like those of a violin. But few know much about the woman in the picture.

Thumbnail image for lorna-scan003.jpgNell Freudenberger's "The Newlyweds" (Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf) manages to do the opposite of what many chick-lit books do. Rather than make extraordinary lives seem dull, it makes ordinary ones seem fascinating.

It's the story of Amina Azid, who leaves Bangladesh for Rochester to marry George Stillman.

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