Displaying articles for: February 2011

A Posthumous Confession

A Dostoevskian tale of murderer, newly translated by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace.

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Embroidered Ground

A dedicated author and gardener shines new light on her three-acre masterpiece.

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I Think I Love You

Adolescent anxieties and popstar pinups are at the heart of this tale of a girl's coming of age and first love.

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A Red Herring Without Mustard

An eleven-year-old sleuth cycles through 1950s England, in pursuit of a gypsy's murderer.

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The Poison Tree

A chilling tale of crime and consequences set amid the pleasure-seekers of 1990s London.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.