Displaying articles for: August 2010

David Carnoy

Reading to inspire the writer within.

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Allegra Goodman

The author of The Cookbook Collector recommends three contemporary classics.

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Charlaine Harris

Favorites from the writer who gave the characters of True Blood their dark beginnings.

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Pete Seeger

Books by and about people who work to change the world.

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Mary Roach

The author of Packing for Mars shares the books she would take along for the ride.

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Alan Furst

Gripping works of history recommended a master of the espionage tale.

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Tana French

The writer of deep psychological mysteries on books that transcend genres.

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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…

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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.