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...

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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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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.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.