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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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.