Displaying articles for: October 2009

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's most famous creation mingles with his maker and her circle. Read more...

Traveling with Pomegranates

The author of The Secret Life of Bees and her daughter pen an unusual memoir of travel and self-discovery. Read more...

Box 21

A tale of human trafficking and revenge, seen through multiple perspectives. Read more...

Parallel Play

A childhood seen through the high-precision lens of Asperger's syndrome. Read more...

The Tyranny of E-Mail

The editor of Granta looks at messages from Morse to Microsoft Outlook -- and sees the rise of an implacable electronic tide threatens to overwhelm us. Read more...

War Dances

A new collection of longer and shorter works from the award-winning novelist and poet trades in heartfelt sorrow and wicked humor. Read more...

The Music Room

A boy's life in a famed Tudor castle -- haunted by spirits of the past, and the present. Read more...

An Artist in Treason

The youngest general in the Continental Army was also an inventive schemer who nearly engineered the breakup of the fledgling Union. Read more...

Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

Ralph Nader's public-policy fantasia pits noble tycoons against mega-corporations in what the author calls a "practical utopia." Read more...

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

A portrait of the auteur, through the lens of conversation. Read more...

Blame

A murderous accident is the departure for one woman’s surprising journey to something like redemption. Read more...

Infection by Volume

A reading list that may form a textual inoculation for viral anxiety.

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Chronic City

The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude imagines a Manhattan nearly replaced by its own simulacrum. Read more...

The Education of a British-Protected Child

The author of the classic Things Fall Apart uses his pen to set a cat among the pigeons. Read more...

Memories of the Future

Short stories as dreams with barbs, from a satirist of Soviet life under Stalin. Read more...

The Children's Book

In A. S. Byatt’s new novel, the Edwardian era is both disappearing Eden and the center of turmoil for one artistic family. Read more...

Bicycle Diaries

When David Byrne stops moving, does he fall over? And when stationary, is he liable to be found leaning carefully against a wall? Read more...

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel brings the intrigue of the Tudor court to life -- through the mind of one of its most elusive players. Read more...

The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President

Richard Pious listens in as President Clinton wrangles with speeches, maneuvers foreign powers, and faces catastrophe. Read more...

The Immortals

The complex rhythms of the raga pulse through a Jamesian rendering of Bombay. Read more...

Generosity: An Enhancement

Scientists and scribes pursue happiness in the new novel from the author of Galatea 2.2. Read more...

July 27: The American novelist and critic Elizabeth Hardwick was born on this day in 1916.

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).