Can't and Won't

Uncoiling a Booker Prize winner's tightly wound collection of short -- at times very short -- stories.

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The Little Girl who Fought the Great Depression

Why was Shirley Temple one of the most iconic figures of 1930s America?

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Pushkin Hills

A comedy of Russian art and politics finds a frustrated writer being torn apart at the seams.

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Border Patrol Nation

Life under the expanding watch -- and lucrative industry -- of Homeland Security.

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The Ghosts of Wrath

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of  John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a celebration of the author's revolutionary belief in familial loyalty and America's disenfranchised poor.

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In Paradise

A guided tour through Nazi concentration camps makes for a haunting end to the life and career of a twentieth-century master.

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I Am the Beggar of the World

A collection of short poems and photographs give lyrical voice to the citizens of Afghanistan's borderlands.

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Forever Young: Lizzie Skurnick Books

Bringing new life to the teen classics that made "YA" a literary genre.

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Utopia or Bust

Is Marxism the "spirit of the times" for our world economy?

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A Place in the Country

Essays from the author of Austerlitz offer clues to the inner life of a beloved but often enigmatic writer.

 

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Sleep Donation

A selection from the Pulitzer Prize finalist's new novella that will keep you awake tonight.

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Every Day Is for the Thief

A Nigerian expatriate returns to Lagos, with altered vision.

 

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Bark

Tracing the patterns of new short stories from an icon of the medium.

 

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The Race Underground

Laying down the track for a pivotal moment in Gilded Age innovation.

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E. E. Cummings: A Life

Was the poet famed for his lowercase aesthetic an all-caps talent?

 

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The Accidental Universe

The physics behind reality may be hard to grasp -- but that doesn't mean you can't have fun trying.

 

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All Our Names

American reinvention meets African revolution in the tale of a friendship and its aftermath.

 

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American Fun

An argument that wicked play outweighs hard work in our country's heritage.

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A Country for Old Men

Fiction's Old Guard is in anything but retreat.

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Two Serious Ladies

Jane Bowles's radical fiction was as defiantly unconventional as its author.

 

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Exploiting History

Watching 12 Years a Slave -- and thinking back to a less celebrated film.

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Big Ma's World

The author of I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots on the inspiration for a character.

 

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Five Came Back

How a quintet of legendary American film directors were forever changed by their WWII service.

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Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

Is the Internet revolutionizing global dissent?

 

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Quesadillas

A Mexican family's comic woes vibrantly recall Greek mythology and the young James Joyce.

 

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Archetype

Spouses are for sale in the first volume of a new dystopian-future series.

 

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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

The author of Naked Lunch led a life as darkly outrageous as his fiction.

 

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Perfect

A pair of damaged souls try to knit together worlds unraveled by circumstance.

 

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

The question of American slavery exploded into open war in 1861 -- but the deeper conflict was already a century old.

 

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The Parthenon Enigma

What can new analysis teach us about the secret history of a 2,500-year old monument?

 

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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.