Displaying articles for: January 2013

Artful

Phantom authors haunt the pages of Ali Smith’s unclassifiable new work.

 

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The Day My Brain Exploded

A memoir of a mind, ravaged and rebuilt.

 

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The Painted Girls

A novel of Belle  Époque Paris, through the eyes of a dancer-turned-studio-muse.

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Heads in Beds

Room Service Confidential: a hotelier's tell-all.

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The Pinecone

How an English church was transformed into a work of highly personal art.

 

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Travels with Epicurus

A Mediterranean quest combines with a philosophic take on aging.

 

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The Barbarous Years

A century of ambition and bloodshed in Colonial America.

 

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Compulsive Reading: Young Adult Fiction in 2012

A  reader looks back over a trailblazing year in novels for teens.

 

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My Autobiography

The comedic icon of the silent film era unspools the drama of a suitably dramatic life -- in his own voice.

 

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April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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.