Displaying articles for: December 2007

The Year's Best Reading (Part Two)

Our contributors select the most memorable reading of 2007 -- both contemporary and classic (Part Two of Two). Read more...

Sex, Debt, and Revenge: Balzac's Cousin Bette

Novelist Min Jin Lee on Balzac's masterful tale of obsession, Cousin Bette. Read more...

The Year's Best Reading

Our contributors select the most memorable reading of 2007 -- both contemporary and classic (Part One of Two). Read more...

The Letters of E. B. White

The life and work of the cherished stylist, illuminated by his correspondence. Read more...

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

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Location, Location, Location

Two new books explore the vast domain of mapmakers. Read more...

The Melancholy Fate of Capt. Lewis

The famous -- and troubled -- explorer of the West, seen through the eyes of a teacher obsessed with his legacy. Read more...

American Visionary

A new box set captures the versatile director John Ford coming of age as a film giant. Read more...

Picture Gallery: Art Books of the Year

From the beauty of nature's architecture to the innovations of a fashion genius, a cornucopia of visual delights. Read more...

Rhett Butler's People

A new sequel to Gone with the Wind offers an updated version of the Civil War saga-- and of Margaret Mitchell's enigmatic antihero. Read more...

The Gift: Art, Imagination, and the Power of the Creative Spirit

A classic analysis of creativity, culture, and the idea of property returns in a new edition. Read more...

Books for Kids: A Scouting Report

A librarian offers guidance on child-pleasing selections for every age. Read more...

Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

The life of a president's daughter and political gadfly. Read more...

What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics

A new collection of essays revisits Orwell's classic warning about the misuse of language. Read more...

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Dry wit and dreams of the wide-open prairie are coping strategies in Peter Cameron's new coming-of-age tale. Read more...

The Paris Review Interviews, Volume II

A new volume of conversations with writers from Faulkner to Franzen. Read more...

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

A sweeping new history of America in the age of Andrew Jackson and "manifest destiny." Read more...

Valley Boy: The Education of Tom Perkins

A tech-industry mogul shares (some of) the details of life as a billionaire.
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Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library

A librarian chronicles the anything-but-peaceful scene at the circulation desk. Read more...

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: and Other Stories

New stories from the Nobel laureate and longtime student of the human comedy. Read more...

Have Gun, Will Travel

Sarah Weinman finds that death rather frequently takes a holiday -- or at least maintains a second home in Venice. Read more...

In Europe: Travels through the Twentieth Century

A journalist's European odyssey unlocks the shadowy history of the 20th century. Read more...

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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.