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 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.