Displaying articles for: November 2009

The Talented Miss Highsmith

The life of one of the greatest of crime writers was as darkly shadowed as any of her creations. Read more...

Open

Can an athlete whose dazzling feats and outsize persona create a memoir that escapes the gravitational pull of his fame? Read more...

Eating: A Memoir

A lion of the publishing world on a life lived as much for the pleasures of the table as of the text. Read more...

Reading in the Brain

What you're doing with your eyes and brain right now is a lot more interesting than you realize. Read more...

Devil's Dream

The author of All Souls Rising bases his latest novel on the Civil War career of one of the Confederacy's most controversial figures. Read more...

The War That Killed Achilles

Caroline Alexander journeys back to the mother of all battles. Read more...

Too Much Happiness: Stories

One of the defining creators of contemporary short fiction suggests she has new territories in sight. Read more...

Changing My Mind

A wide-ranging collection of essays on topics that range from the nature of British comedy to the orations of Barack Obama. Read more...

The Original of Laura

The wizard of fiction's unfinished novel is published, and the Vladimir Nabokov's magic cabinet is unlocked for our perusal. Read more...

Sentencing the Suspects

Former National Book Award judge Tom LeClair takes a close look at this year’s fiction finalists. Read more...

Invisible

Veronique de Turenne explores the novelist's ambitious Invisible. Read more...

American Original

The remarkable career of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. Read more...

The Lacuna

A adventures of a Zelig-like figure are the center of the new novel from the author of The Poisonwood Bible. Read more...

City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and '70s

A brash, revealing, and sometimes dishy chronicle of a gay writer's life in a bygone Manhattan. Read more...

Under the Dome

A town's mysterious encapsulation yields a nightmarish turn toward the brutal. Read more...

D-Day

"As the ramp went down we were getting direct fire right into our craft," wrote a soldier in the 116th on the western part of Omaha. "My three squad leaders in front and others were hit. Some men climbed over the side. Two sailors got hit." Read more...

Lit

The new memoir from the author of The Liars' Club charts life as an addict, poet, and survivor. Read more...

Googled

Do we really need another book about Google? Read more...

Super Freakonomics

Ezra Klein measures a sequel’s unintended consequences. Read more...

Cowboys Full

How a deck of cards gave birth to a legendary pastime that has come to stand for part of the American character. Read more...

The Humbling

An actor prepares for his climactic appearance. Read more...

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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).