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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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

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).