Displaying articles for: June 2010

Every Man in This Village is a Liar

The personal transformations that result from a reporter's years covering strife in the Middle East.


The Life of Irene Nemirovsky

The tumultuous, tragic life and death of the author of Suite Française.


Blonde Bombshell

Highly evolved alien dogs, a beautiful businesswoman, and a spy named Mark Twain figure in a delirious science-fiction farce.


Absence of Mind

In a challenging work, the novelist tangles atheists and Darwinians to celebrate to the inner life and the expansive self.


Dreamers of a New Day

A new look at the pioneers of women's rights, from Emma Goldman to Ida Tarbell, and their lasting legacy.


Walks with Men

In Ann Beattie's latest novella, a young writer (much like the author) receives a misleading tutorial.


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

This girl tastes life's flavors more intently than most.


July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.


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).