Displaying articles for: October 2009

Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

How a seven-foot skeleton found its way from Monticello to a French naturalist's collection -- and what it told Europe about America. Read more...

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

Christopher Robin's gentle coterie makes an encore appearance in this revisitation of A. A. Milne's beloved characters. Read more...

Z.

A thriller as effective in its stylish satire as it is transparent in its political sympathies. Read more...

The New Black

A psychoanalyst's call to think of "depression" as a factor of experience -- not illness. Read more...

Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife

Looking past the icon to find the writer. Read more...

Save the Deli

Will the pastrami on rye go the way of the dodo? Read more...

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates

The authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar return with some deadly jesting. Read more...

Starting Point: 1979-1996

A new collection of essays by and interviews with famed anime creator Hayao Miyazaki. Read more...

A Fine Romance

A case for the distinctively Jewish aspect of the American Songbook. Read more...

Masterpiece Comics

A hilarious -- and literarily astute -- mashup of literary monuments with the styles of cartoonists ranging from Windsor McKay to Charles Schulz. Read more...

Civil War Wives

A southern abolitionist, a general's spouse, and the first lady of the Confederacy. Read more...

The Book Shopper

A life among the leaves. Read more...

My Guilty Pleasure

The followup disc from the pop chanteuse of Disco Romance returns to dance clubs past. Read more...

Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel

An illustrated history of the feats of an armor-plated hero. Read more...

Risk

A professionally suspicious married couple get caught up in the mysterious death of a rich woman's son. Read more...

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

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).