Winter's Tales

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Curated by Jenn Thornton

  Photo courtesy of Bloomsbury

Photo courtesy of Bloomsbury

Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond  by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

This sparkling expose of one of the world’s most famous diamonds—an Indian jewel thought cursed—makes for engaging cultural history. Though the source of the much-mythologized diamond is to this day murky, it remains a radiant emblem of rulers and regicide that now rests with the British crown jewels (despite appeals for its return from the Indian government). Examining all facets of a mesmeric story, Koh-I-Noor relinquishes its subject from the grips of legend. $26.00, Bloomsbury.com