Displaying articles for: May 2010

The Red Thread

The trials and triumphs of an adoption agency's director are at the heart of this emotional tale. Read more...

The Thoughtful Dresser

"Changing styles not only mark time and help us hide its ravages but also satisfy an innate desire for the new." Read more...

High Violet

The intricate anxieties of twenty-first century adulthood provide the theme for The National's new record. Read more...

Get Capone

The "life and times" of man who became synonymous with Chicago's gangland days. Read more...

Girl in Translation

Jean Kwok's novel of a Chinese-American girl's life is woven through with hard-won knowledge.

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When that Rough God Goes Riding

Greil Marcus on the elusive trail of Van Morrison's musical genius. Read more...

Under Heaven

A sprawling new fantasy drawn from the tumultuous dynastic history of China.

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Molly Fox's Birthday

An Irish novelist's sly tale of a friendship with a bit of mystery at its heart.

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Video Slut

She made your MTV.

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The Bag Lady Papers

Down and out on the Upper East Side.

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The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

A new edition of one of the world's most brilliant works of bookmaking puts a dazzling vision on display.

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Rock 'n' Roll High School

The unlikely charm offensive mounted by Roger Corman and the Ramones. Read more...

A Dead Hand

In Paul Theroux's latest novel, a stymied writer is drawn into a mystery with religious overtones.

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The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

A rich new gathering of poetry from around the world.

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The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick

Style and the city.

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Hoboes

As the Wild West turned into America's garden, migrant workers moved in to harvest its yield.

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Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

The scion of a famous family delivers a surreal, scathing memoir.

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J. G. Farrell in His Own Words

The collected letters and diaries of a great novelist, lost in his prime.

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Apologize, Apologize!

A sparkling, sprawling comedy of a square peg in a family of screwballs.

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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.