Displaying articles for: November 2007

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

The artist as a (not so) wild and crazy young man. Read more...

Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee

The business world, seen from the other side of the cash register. Read more...

The Ghost

A new political thriller takes aim at a real-world target. Read more...

One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies

Bite-sized tales from three purveyors of "short-short" fiction. Read more...

Carlisle vs. Army

A legendary football game becomes a touchstone for
pre-WWI America. Read more...

Live from Cape Canaveral: Covering the Space Race, from Sputnik to Today

A memoir from the reporter who covered every NASA launch. Read more...

Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man"

An eminent politcal observer on one of the original sparks of the democratic revolution. Read more...

Mouth Wide Open

Essays from a culinary maverick, with a taste for experiment. Read more...

A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including their Own Narratives of Emancipation

Two extraordinary narratives by men who escaped into freedom, published for the first time. Read more...

On God: An Uncommon Conversation

James Parker on the late author's ambitious finale: a book-length conversation about the divine. Read more...

Flying to America: 48 More Stories

A new volume offers previously uncollected work from the celebrated fabulist. Read more...

Touch and Go: A Memoir

The famous oral historian turns the microphone on himself. Read more...

Ethel's Turn

Two new biographies explore a Broadway legend's life, onstage and off. Read more...

Gomorrah

A crusading Italian journalist traces the web of corruption that ensnares a city. Read more...

Axis

The ambitious trilogy about an alien intervention in human history continues with the settling of a new world. Read more...

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic

The eminent historian and writer surveys the lasting impact of the Founders' successful innovations -- and their failures. Read more...

Proust Was a Neuroscientist

Did Cezanne unlock the secrets of the cerebrum -- a full century ahead of scientists? Read more...

Chatter

A marriage comes under pressure in the age of media overload, in this darkly comic novel. Read more...

Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters

The mind behind Sherlock Holmes, in correspondence with "Mam" and others. Read more...

Last Night at the Lobster

A chain-restaurant kitchen boils over with comedy and drama in this ensemble piece. Read more...

Pure Goldish

Alexandra Mullen rides the turtle's back to Terry Pratchett's unclassifiable literary creation, Discworld.

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A Free Life

The award-winning author of Waiting traces an immigrant family's American odyssey. Read more...

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.