Displaying articles for: November 2013

Old Man River

"The Father of Waters" shaped more than its meandering banks.

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The Hidden White House

President Truman confronted a postwar world in collapse -- and a collapsing home to boot.

 

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Hawthorn & Child

A philosophical detective story finds a dream state on the streets of London.

 

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Pinkerton's Great Detective

The undercover private eye who took on organized crime in the Wild West.

 

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Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football

Rebellion, innovation, and a taste for brutality were all part of a championship season.

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Dallas 1963

How darkness gathered in a Texas city.

 

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At Night We Walk in Circles

An actor's journey into a mysterious role plays out against the aftermath of a dictatorial regime.

 

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The Bully Pulpit

The political battles and journalistic triumphs of the Progressive Era have never looked so timely.

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Sorry!: The English and Their Manners

A history of etiquette suggests its spiritual dimension.

 

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On Paper

How a civilization built itself out of wood pulp and ink.

 

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Art and Empathy: The National Book Award Fiction Finalists

A former NBA judge searches through the final five for a book that could change your life.

 

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American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Have we underestimated the artist who became our "national frame of reference"?

 

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The Signature of All Things

The author of Eat, Pray, Love spins a globetrotting tale of a 19th-century naturalist's quest for understanding.

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Self-Help Messiah

How a public speaking teacher won fame and influenced millions.

 

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).