Displaying articles for: May 2011

James Gleick

The author of The Information on three works of literary genius.

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Barbara Eden

The actress uncorks three magical reads.

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Ann Packer

Three works of fiction about loss -- of loved ones, cherished places, and even long-held ideas.

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Katie Couric

The former CBS Evening News anchor on three favorites.

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Hilary Winston

Three surprisingly earnest picks from the comedienne and author.

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John Scalzi

The science-fiction author on three writers whose voices resonate long after the pages are turned.

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Anna Quindlen

Three engrossing reads from the shelf of the accomplished novelist and commentator.

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Patrick Rothfuss

Works of adventure to inspire the heart and the imagination.

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E. L. Doctorow

Works that illuminate the mind at play and the body under stress.

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April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.