Displaying articles for: January 2012

The Last Holiday: A Memoir

An unclassifiable musician on a life spent transmuting suffering into music.

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From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

A wannabe-fashionista becomes a victim of national-security paranoia in this darkly comic novel.

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Spring: A Novel

"Insecurity and uncertainty rule the day" in this portrait of a love affair.

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Carrying Costs

Two new books grapple with teen pregnancy, practicality, and prejudice.

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A Whole Lot of Nothing

Forget about the Big Bang. Why would there be anything to bang at all?

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The Ice Balloon

The little-known story of a bold and tragic attempt to reach the North Pole by air.

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Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners

How many languages can one human mind master?

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The Flame Alphabet

A plague of words tears ordinary life asunder in this heartrending fable.

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Raylan

A writer famed for his chattering crooks turns again to his close-mouthed lawman.

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The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess

An unexpected inheritance meets a family's religious fervor, with calamitous results.

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Life Sentences: Literary Judgments and Accounts

Essays from the novelist that explore "consciousness of many extraordinary kinds."

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The Man Within My Head

The globe-trotting essayist contemplates his greatest influence.

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Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

How we got to this grim pass in our political and economic system.

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The Last Nude

The true story of an artist and her model inspires a tale of obsession and its consequences.

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The Map and the Territory

The controversial French novelist has a little fun.

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Kayak Morning

A meditation on loss from the author of Making Toast.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.