Displaying articles for: September 2010

Lisa See

The author of Shanghai Girls shares three favorite novels.

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Jamie Lee Curtis

The screen star on three books best left on the page.

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David Weber

Reading to power imaginary voyages across the universe.

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Diana Gabaldon

Books that take this time-traveling author across continents and decades.

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Ivan Doig

Lyrical prose and engrossing narrative from a purveyor of tales told in the vernacular.

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Ayelet Waldman

Books that take their inspiration from the forbidding Maine coastline and the people who populate it.

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Roy Peter Clark

Good books on good writing from a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes.

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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.