Displaying articles for: October 2007

Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project

Selected from the wide-reaching oral history project StoryCorps, 49 voices tell their own wildly diverse true stories. Read more...

Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

A Navy psychologist's tour of
duty, trying to heal the terrible
inner wounds of war. Read more...

Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure

Wisecracking swordsmen wander the ancient world in Chabon's take on armchair adventure. Read more...

LOCUSTS AMOK

Novelist Kate Christensen revists the deceptively entertaining prose of a gimlet-eyed observer of human nature.

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Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Books One and Two

Tove Jansson's charming, world-famous creations bring their whimsy and playful satire to America at last. Read more...

Cheating at Canasta

From the preeminent master of the short story in English, 12 new tales shadowed by death. Read more...

Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism

The celebrated and prolific novelist and critic collects eight years' worth of essays. Read more...

Musicophila: Tales of Music and the Brain

The author of Awakenings turns his attention to the strange intersection of melody and mind. Read more...

The Chain of Chance


Paul DiFilippo unlocks The Chain of Chance, a boundary-breaking tale of detection and conspiracy by the Polish maestro of speculative fiction. Read more...

The Pirate's Daughter

A shipwrecked matinee idol finds his way into island solace -- and scandal. Read more...

A Summer of War and Peace

A reader revisits Tolstoy's masterpiece in a new translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky. Read more...

The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America

The author of Backlash finds a return to an age-old myth in the response to September 11th. Read more...

The Queen of the Tambourine

A series of unanswered letters, and a journey down the rabbit hole of one woman's mind. Read more...

The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet

A law professor speaks to the anxieties of the Too Much Information age.
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On the Road: The Original Scroll

The mythic road-tripper and friends, real names restored. Read more...

Tomorrow

A sleeping family is the audience for a mother's midnight confession. Read more...

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

A historian reflects upon the strange afterlife -- and multiple uses -- of her most famous insight. Read more...

Clapton: the Autobiography

The legendary -- and laconic -- guitarist writes of a life consumed by artistic hunger and other cravings. Read more...

On Edmund Wilson

New editions of the influential critic demonstrate the role he played in making American letters -- and the American scene -- truly modern.

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The Abstinence Teacher

Love, the classroom, and the culture wars, from the author of Little Children. Read more...

I Am America (and So Can You!)

The pundit-parodist offers a version of his hit show in print. Read more...

Bridge of Sighs

The braided histories of two small-town boys are spun into a tale of class and destiny by the author of the celebrated Empire Falls. Read more...

Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

Can a biographer illuminate the mystery at the heart of an enigmatic partnership? Read more...

The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800

Can a biographer illuminate the mystery at the heart of an enigmatic partnership? Read more...

Exit Ghost

The hero of The Ghost Writer and The Counterlife returns, and departs. Read more...

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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.