Displaying articles for: December 2010

20 Books We're Waiting For

BNR editor James Mustich scouts a score of the coming year's books.

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The Fiery Trial

Eric Foner follows the shifts in thought that led an embattled defender of the Union to become the Great Emancipator.

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The Passages of H. M.

 What drove the author of Moby-Dick on his visionary quest?

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True Grit

The new film adaptation of this  mordant Western is an occasion to celebrate the author's neglected storytelling mastery.

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Fate, Time, and Language

An early work of bold philosophical inquiry by the celebrated novelist sheds light on a literary mind in the making.

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Geographies of Mars

The Red Planet has inspired scientific fantasies ranging from little green men to monstrous canal-builders.

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The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

Norma Jean's canine companion tells all.

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What was the Hipster?

A collection of young writers gazes in the mirror and attempts to answer a burning sociological question.

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The Wolves of Andover

In a prequel to The Heretic's Daughter, a young woman in Colonial Massachusetts vies with beasts of more than one kind.

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Long, Last, Happy

A posthumous short story collection invites a look back at the "style-drenched" work of an audacious writer.

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Kismet

A Turkish private eye in Frankfurt, Germany, faces down a nationalist gang in a tale half hardboiled American crime, half sly European satire.

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Year's Best Reading: Beyond Category

Our editors choose their ten favorite unclassifiable books of the year.

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Year's Best Reading: Nonfiction

Our editors choose their ten favorite nonfiction books of the year.

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Year's Best Reading: Fiction

Our editors choose their ten favorite fiction books of the year.

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A Geography of Secrets

Frederick Reuss's new novel tracks two men whose daily decisions can bring down innocent bystanders a world away.

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Year's Best Reading 2010: Editor's Picks

Our editors  choices for the best books of the year.

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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

A collection of "uncommon delicacies," curated with care and garnished with wit.

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Sherlock Lives!

Two new creations summon the spirit of the most famous fictional character of all.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

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.