Displaying articles for: April 2010


In a new book of poems, the writer dives into his own youth and a nation's troubled history with love and arch wit.


The Publisher

The creator of Time and Life yearned to stretch beyond words and images and shape the globe.


Summer Hours

The quiet power of a family drama might resist translation. Read more...

In the Empire of Ice

The celebrated writer on nature sounds a dramatic warning about the future of a fragile ecosystem. Read more...

Caravaggio: Complete Work

A triumphant new collection brings together the paintings of an artist of great mystery -- and perhaps greater genius. Read more...

The Eastern Stars

How a tiny island nation came to be the world's biggest exporter of big league baseball players. Read more...


A Qatari computer whiz tries to reprogram himself as an American financial genius. Read more...

David Foster Wallace: Becoming Himself

A new book reproduces an extended encounter with an author who fascinated in his art, and his life.


Dreams in a Time of War

The Kenyan novelist's autobiographical sketch is also the story of how the struggle for independence threatened to pull his people apart.



A near-future thriller set in a Russia both familiar and strange. Read more...

New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh

The new record from an innovative songwriter and performer resists the boundaries of song. Read more...

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.