Displaying articles for: December 2011

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

Following "the simple path between eating well and feeling happy."

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Next Up: Coming in 2012

Twenty forthcoming works that augur happy reading in the new year.

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The Death of King Arthur and Seeing Stars

The poet's new translation of a medieval Arthurian epic -- and some new enchantments of his own.

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End Times

Cruelty and consolation in the last days of the Roman Empire.

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The Truth about Marie

Mysteries of identity and the shadow of madness haunt the new novel from the author of Running Away.

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Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

The voice! The ego! The drama!

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Year's Best Reading 2011: Editors' Picks

Our favorite books of the year -- in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Beyond Category.

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The Art-Architecture Complex

Where image-making and space-shaping meet.

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Getting Real: Best Young Adult Fiction of 2011

Ten great books for younger readers.

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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

A Hollywood star's inventive legacy.

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The Third Reich

A study in slow-burning suspense from the author of 2666.

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The Cult of LEGO

How the blocks and "minifigs" have leapt the gap from toy to obsession.

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Death Comes to Pemberley

A murder mystery set in the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

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Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism

The author who believed that "the humanities and arts need repeated injections of amateurism" delivers another shot in the arm.

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War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team

How an NFL coach scouted a path to victory.

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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.