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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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.