Displaying articles for: January 2010

The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival

A new arrival in a sleepy Louisiana parish wakes things up in this sly small-town comedy. Read more...

Churchill: A Life

One of the most contradictory personalities of the 20th century turned out to be one of its most pivotal. Read more...

Manhood: The Rise and Fall of the Penis

A Dutch physician unveils the history -- both mythological and medical -- of a sensitive area. Read more...

The She-Devil in the Mirror

A tart-tongued society woman is the centerpiece of this audacious satire on a ruling class's way of life. Read more...

The Exiles

Three young Native Americans leave the reservation and try to make their way in the wilderness of 1950s Los Angeles. Read more...

A Good Talk

The novelist and editor offers an essay on the art of conversation worthy of Montaigne. Read more...

Cleaving: A Story of Meat, Marriage, and Obsession

The author of Julie and Julia pens a follow-up memoir that cuts a little closer to the bone. Read more...

Becoming Jane Eyre

The creation of one of fiction's most enduring heroines makes rich fodder for a tale of a young writer's ambition. Read more...

Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

A legendary work of graphic memoir reappears -- in all of its disturbed glory.

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John Brown's Trial

After his failed raid on Harper's Ferry, the man some called a traitor and others a hero was brought to a final, sensational trial. Read more...

Zoot Sims in the Jazz Loft

A horn player lost between eras, found again in a glorious new work of photography. Read more...

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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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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.