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.

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The Life of Irene Nemirovsky

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

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Blonde Bombshell

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

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Absence of Mind

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

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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.

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Walks with Men

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

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

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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

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.