Displaying articles for: January 2011

Harlem is Nowhere

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts offers a stirring exploration of the urban mecca's geography, actual and imagined. Adam Bradley reviews.

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Punching Out

Taking apart an auto plant, after the last workers have been let go.

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You Know When the Men Are Gone

The wives at a military base grapple with the unknown as their husbands head into combat in these linked short stories.

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Being Polite to Hitler

The story of an ordinary woman, a younger man, and the strictures of small-town life.

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The Death Instinct

A deadly bomber struck Wall Street in 1920, and the case was never solved. Jed Rubenfeld's historical thriller revisits the scene.

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I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

The author of The Woman Warrior savors each "scrap of moment" in this fiery memoir.

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Night Soul and Other Stories

A new volume of stories from Joseph McElroy leads readers from darkness to sudden radiance.

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Marshalling Justice

A matchless champion of civil rights emerges from the early letters of Thurgood Marshall.

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Destiny and Desire

In his new novel, Carlos Fuentes portrays Mexico in an age when power may have transcended politics.

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Decade

A new compilation seeks to pack the first ten years of the 21st century into a single volume of images from around the world.

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Clara and Mr. Tiffany

Passion—artistic and otherwise—comes to light in the workshop of the legendary glassmaker Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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The Lake of Dreams

In the new novel from the author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter, a contemporary connects with a female ancestor, erased from the family record.

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Bird Cloud

A natural and domestic history of an author's love affair with a rugged corner of Wyoming.

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Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

A new life of one of the great masters of Hollywood spectacle, a restless and reckless pursuer of excess.

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Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?

Leonard Koren offers a uniquely personal take on the question of what defines the beautiful.

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.