Displaying articles for: February 2012

Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently

A new biography of the great innovator is intended for middle-grade readers.

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The Tender Hour of Twilight

A publishing legend's glory days.

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Falling head over heels at 30,000 feet.

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On an Irish Island

How a tiny island, cradled by the Atlantic, preserved a language's music.

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The Fault in Our Stars

Two teens stare down death, unafraid to laugh.

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If Grief Could Wait

A Swedish ensemble brings together the sounds of Henry Purcell, Nick Drake, and Leonard Cohen.

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Why We Broke Up

An odd couple falls in, then out of, love.

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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.