Displaying articles for: June 2011

Jane Smiley

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


Sue Miller

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


Michael Koryta

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


Julian Barnes

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


Lawrence Block

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


Mary Gordon

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


April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.