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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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.