Roundup December 2006

Books in Brief

In time for the holidays—a comprehensive selection of books highlighted in The Atlantic Monthly in 2006

Art, Design & Fashion



Fiction (Novels)

Fiction (Short Story Collections)



Foreign Affairs

History (U.S.)

History (World)

Mystery & Suspense




Society & Culture


Also see: Literary Interviews An index of Atlantic Unbound interviews with fiction writers, poets, and critics from Chinua Achebe to Tobias Wolff.

Note: The Atlantic's April, 2005, cover story, "Host," by David Foster Wallace, has been included in The Best American Magazine Writing (2006), published by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

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'How Do You Function Without a Cellphone?'

A short documentary about a San Francisco designer who doesn't own a cellphone, and a teenager who can't imagine life without hers.

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