Displaying articles for: November 2012

The Editors' Picks: The Best Fiction of 2012

A dozen of our personal favorites from a year in reading fiction.

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The Editors' Picks: The Best Nonfiction of 2012

A dozen of our personal favorites from a year in reading nonfiction.

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Consider the Fork

The ways in which kitchen tools and techniques affect what and how we eat.

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Cézanne: A Life

The revolutionary painter, in the eyes of his contemporaries, was by turns a genius and simpleton.

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Hallucinations

The world inside can seem realer than any other.

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This Land Is Their Land

New lives of folk music legends Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

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Elsewhere: A Memoir

A novelist reveals the real-life inspiration for his hard-luck fiction.

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The Fun Stuff

The "closest reader of our time" sets his sights on everything from Keith Moon's drumming to Paul Auster's prose.

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Reinventing Bach

Following Bach's music into the digital age and beyond.

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

A deeply sympathetic examination of the Founding Father's paradoxes.

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Iron Curtain

When the menace of Stalinism knew no borders.

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Nice Shots and Great Shots: Reading the National Book Award Fiction Finalists

A former National Book Award judge casts an eye over this year's contenders.

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Magnificence

A mansion-full of stuffed beasts provides a haunting setting for a novel of secrets and consequences.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

The novelist's correspondence shows a determinedly independent sensibility working patiently at becoming a legend.

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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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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.