Blog posts of '2012' 'October'

Hurricane Sandy Makes a Mess of Manhattan
"Sandy is a loose, unpredictable cannon," said  Kerry Emanuel, the MIT climate researcher who is author of Divine Wind, The History and Science of Hurricanes, along with What We Know About Climate Change.  You can say that again! The Longitude office on 30th Street is up and running but downtown Manhattan was left without power, public transportation is yet to resume and the city is all but shutdown today.
Mantel Wins the Booker, Again
Hilary Mantel became the first woman — and the first Briton — to win the coveted Man Booker Prize twice with her utterly absorbing sequel to Wolf Hall. Mantel delves into the heart of Tudor history in Bring up the Bodies, tracing in riveting detail the downfall of Anne Boleyn over nine momentous months in 1535.
Year's Best Reads
It could be a novel, travelogue, travel guide, memoir, history or field guide. We're putting together our list of the Best Travel Books of 2012 — and we need you help! Please nominate your favorite books about place, published in 2012.  We're considering Roger Crowley's City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas, the fantastically good Blue Guide India,  the Colombian novelist Hector Abad's powerful memoir of his father,