Displaying articles for: November 2011

Sleight

An atmospheric story of two sisters who engage in a mysterious art form.

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Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion

The complicated woman who pioneered family planning and advocated population control.

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China in Ten Words

A "tiny lexicon" captures the paradoxes of the world's most populous country.

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Out of Oz

The final book in the series that began with Wicked returns Dorothy Gale to a war-torn Oz.

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Lions of the West

From Johnny Appleseed to James K. Polk, the Americans who embodied Manifest Destiny.

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"Something Urgent I Have to Say to You"

A new biography of the poet, doctor, and plainspoken revolutionary.

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11/22/63

The author turns from nightmares to a dream of time-travel and its consequences.

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White Truffles in Winter

An opulent novel based on the life of Auguste Escoffier, the "king of chefs and chef of kings."

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Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing

An infamous crime and its aftermath.

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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

A collection of previously published short fiction by the American master of dread.

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The Factory Novels

In these gritty mysteries, cases that no one else cares about fall to one cop.

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

The jewels, the gowns, the lovers, and the will to power of a remarkable ruler.

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The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years

A dense, imagistic book of music criticism that echoes the band's unique sound.

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Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

A period of unprecedented musical innovation.

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Mrs. Nixon

Can the novelist’s art unwrap an enigmatic First Lady?

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Petrograd

A graphic novel about the murder of Rasputin.

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Parallel Stories

An enormous novel captures decades of Hungarian history.

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The NBA Finalists: A Reader's Guide

In his third annual review of the National Book Award finalists, a former judge  surveys  the contenders.

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The Ground Floor

A visit to a world of fake weapons and real fury.

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Nanjing Requiem

A writer of unerring humanity revisits one of the most brutal episodes of WWII.

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Dante in Love

A comprehensive look at the life and divided affections of the Italian poet.

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Pulphead: Essays

A new collection of essays on subjects ranging from reality television to Christian rock.

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Ghost Lights

A lonely man finds salvation by assuming the unlikely role of rescuer.

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My Long Trip Home

A veteran journalist looks back at his fraught relationship with his father.

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Tony Bennett: The Complete Collection

More than six decades of material from a living legend.

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Octavia, Daughter of God

In 1919, a group of English women received a life-changing revelation: the incarnation of God lived in their midst.

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Steve Jobs

Portrait of a restless innovator.

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Lamb

A middle-aged man, unraveling after his father's death, forms a strange relationship with an eleven-year-old girl.

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Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything

An exploration of the imperfect art of translation.

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Blue Nights

In a searing new memoir, the author of The Year of Magical Thinking reflects on motherhood, loss, and memory.

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April 15: "A page...will begin with some principles of astronomy, or the motion of the earth; then come the laws of sound..."

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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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.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.