Displaying articles for: June 2011

Jane Smiley

The prizewinning novelist on books that bring the past to life--and illuminate the future.

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Sue Miller

Brief lives, a family epic, and an indelible adventure.

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Michael Koryta

The best-selling author recommends three books to buy more than once.

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Julian Barnes

The author of Flaubert's Parrot and Pulse offers a peek at his bookshelf.

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Lawrence Block

The master of crime fiction recommends a thrilling set of classics.

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Mary Gordon

The novelist on works of fiction that address matters of heart and soul.

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.