Lizzie Skurnick http://kcur.org en Popes, Politics And Power: The Story Of The Borgia Family http://kcur.org/post/popes-politics-and-power-story-borgia-family If every era gets the historical fiction it deserves, we have been good indeed. From the transcendent psychological rummagings of Hilary Mantel to the gooey pleasures of Philippa Gregory, we can set aside flowery bodice-rippers (not that there's anything wrong with those) and view the dusty figures through lenses literary, pop culture-y, or near-pornographic.<p>Sarah Dunant, whose <em>Blood & Beauty</em> brings us the Borgia family in all of its complex melange, is already a writer who straddles genre. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:13:00 +0000 Lizzie Skurnick 40714 at http://kcur.org Popes, Politics And Power: The Story Of The Borgia Family Right On The Money: A 'Capital' Book For Our Times http://kcur.org/post/right-money-capital-book-our-times <em>Lizzie Skurnick writes the "That Should Be a Word" column for the</em> New York Times Magazine.<p>England has always reveled in its drawing-room dramas, from Jane Austen's social minefields to E.M. Forster's <em>Howards End</em> to <em>Upstairs, Downstairs</em> — and yes, the blockbuster <em>Downton Abbey</em>.<p>John Lanchester's brilliant <em>Capital</em>, set on a once-ordinary London block whose housing prices have skyrocketed, has the distinction of being the first brick-and-mortar novel set squarely in our current times. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Lizzie Skurnick 19053 at http://kcur.org Right On The Money: A 'Capital' Book For Our Times