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New York Times cocktails columnist Jonathan Miles's exuberant, just-published debut novel, Dear American Airlines (Houghton Mifflin), is framed as a frustration letter of sorts by poet-turned-translator Bennie Ford. On the surface it's simply a rant about being stuck in Chicago's O'Hare airport, but it's really a meandering lament about his epically wasted life, stuffed through and through with brilliant references. This quote, from French poet and novelist Ray Queneau, I had to share: "True stories are about food, and made-up stories are about love."