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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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).