Displaying articles for: October 2013

Days of God

Imam vs. Autocrat: a look at the history and personalities behind the Iranian Revolution.

 

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The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morley's story of a bookseller's misadventures is packed with in-jokes for readers.

 

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Local Souls

Allen Gurganus's small-town portraits recall the grotesques of Sherwood Anderson's classic.

 

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Narcoland

The creation of a state of terror.

 

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The Goldfinch

The author of The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a saga of obsession, art, crime, and loneliness.

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Confronting the Classics

An irreverent scholar's take-no-prisoners approach to antiquity.

 

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Knocking on Heaven's Door

Why postponing the end of life makes confronting it even more traumatic.

 

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A Guide for the Perplexed

The life of a medieval philosopher -- and the questions of mortality with which he grappled -- is braided with a modern story of technology and terror.

 

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Countrymen

How Denmark's Jews escaped the Holocaust.

 

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Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World

The injuries and illnesses that made history.

 

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The Circle

A young woman joins a rising tech firm with Orwellian ambitions.

 

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Book of Ages

She was the beloved sibling and correspondent of one of our nation's founders. Why haven't we heard the voice of Jane Franklin?

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The Childhood of Jesus

The author of Disgrace explores issues of conformity and creativity through an allegory that draws obliquely on the life of Christ.

 

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Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird

The recipes and wisdom of an exceptionally unusual eatery.

 

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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).