Displaying articles for: November 2010

The Killing of Crazy Horse

A look at the world of a myth-shrouded Sioux hero, and the continuing resonance of his life and death.

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Infinite City

Twenty-two versions of San Francisco, in the form of revelatory, provocative maps.

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The Civil War of 1812

A new book portrays the second American-British conflict as a war whose concerns were largely internecine.

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The Box

In a teasing blend of fiction and memoir, the provocative writer turns the camera on the inner lives of his children.

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Driving on the Rim

A Montana doctor takes the long way home in Thomas McGuane's funny and affecting new novel. Melissa Holbrook Pierson reviews.

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Finishing the Hat

An emotionally layered, searchingly intelligent musical memoir, with lyrics and commentary.

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Colonel Roosevelt

The final volume of this majestic biography follows "TR" into jungle adventure and Progressive leadership.

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Lethal Warriors

An investigative reporter looks at the destructive fallout of combat's violence on both soldiers and the civilians they come home to.

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The Convent

In this potent psychological thriller, an infant’s arrival on the doorstep of a remote Spanish convent threatens the foundations of the nuns' cloistered society.

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Atlantic

Simon Winchester dives into a sea of stories in his rich new biography of the ocean whose immensity is almost too much to grasp.

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Foreign Bodies

The new novel from the prizewinning writer is a shrewd twist on a Henry James story of the road not taken.

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Unbroken

A true story of a World War II airman's unimaginable ordeal, and endurance against the odds, from the author of Seabiscuit.

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Decoded

A multimedia, multi-genre extravaganza: part memoir, part coffee table book, part annotated compendium of lyrics, part polemic in the defense of hip-hop's poesy.

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Bound

A teenage girl confronts the mysteries of her mother's young life, in a town shadowed by the fear of a monster's rampage.

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Judgment Day

A former judge for the National Book Awards on this year's fiction nominees and what it's like trying to pick a winner.

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Comics Raw and Cooked

The delights of freedom and the power of precision are on display in new works from Lynda Barry and Chris Ware.

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First Family

A gifted historian portrays the marriage of John and Abigail Adams—"the premier husband-and-wife team in all American history."

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Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon

The poet remembered for his witty treatment of love lived on the razor's edge of 17th-century political intrigue.

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Life

A "Don't try this at home" memoir from the man who wrote "Satisfaction" in his sleep.

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Sunset Park

A searing novel about abandoned homes, broken families, and the never-extinguished urge to connect.

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Jack London's Final Plot

 The author's dream house, and a bid for immortality beyond the page.

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Full Dark, No Stars

A new set of short works from the master storyteller, each highlighting a different persona.

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How to Live

An investigation of the life, thought, and wisdom of Michel de Montaigne, inventor of the essay and "the first modern man."

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Saul Bellow: Letters

Saul Bellow's life in letters, as presented in correspondence spanning eight decades, delivers a revealing portrait of the novelist and his age.

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Rogue Island

An arsonist terrorizes a New England city in a thriller by turns taut and tongue-in-cheek.

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Travels in Siberia

A portrait of a vast and little-known region of the globe rendered with affection, insight, and humor.

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Trespass

 A plot of French farmland, coveted by old residents and new arrivals, becomes the catalyst for violence.

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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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.