A Fortnight’s Best: May 24 – June 5

A Fortnight’s Best: May 24 – June 5

Using Bruno Mars for a Portlandia proposal, a celebrity who actually apologizes and a moving last word from a life cut too short.

First Impressions: The Paris Wife, Charlotte au Chocolat, Life Boat, Imagine

First Impressions: The Paris Wife, Charlotte au Chocolat, Life Boat, Imagine

First impressions are crucial. The prologue of a book can be as effective as a handshake, both for better and for worse. This column will just explore the literary overtures that set the tone for some of the most recent books released, including some reviewed in the New York Times Book Review.