Displaying articles for: February 2010

The Man from Beijing

The creator of the Kurt Wallender novels crafts a sly crime story that reaches back a century and around the globe. Read more...

The Lost Books of the Odyssey

One of the most well-known stories of European literature is shattered, and re-made anew. Read more...

Beyond Ideology

A new book grapples with the question of why our legislative branch has been so frequently gridlocked. Read more...

The Devil and Mr. Casement

The global odyssey of one of the founders of the modern human rights movement. Read more...

The Infinities

In the new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea, a dying man's family is subject to a peculiarly divine conspiracy. Read more...

The Case for Books

Essays from a celebrated historian of the book attempt to chart the past and future of an endangered species.

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Catching Up with Tardi

The French comics artist Jacques Tardi appears freshly for American readers, adapting works of existentialist crime and wild surrealism. Read more...

The Three Weissmanns of Westport

A suburban Connecticut town is the setting for an update of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them

What is it about Russian literature that seems to warp the lives of those who fall under its spell? Read more...

Shadow Tag

A spouse’s revenge through a false diary is at the heart of a tale of psychological suspense. Read more...

Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

A new biography puts the spotlight on the legendary publisher's understanding of the true value of the news media in ordinary lives. Read more...

A Dark Matter

Peter Straub's new novel turns on a moment of 1960s mystical experimentation gone wrong.

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Union Atlantic

The award-winning author of You Are Not a Stranger Here returns with a poignant novel, set in the new age of financial fiasco.

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Conspirata

Robert Harris returns readers to Rome to witness the twilight of the Republic and the rise of a guileful young Caesar.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The fascinating and moving story of a woman’s biological legacy raises painful questions. Read more...

True Confections

A candy company’s rise and fall provides the backdrop to Katherine Weber’s mouth-watering comedy. Read more...

Where the God of Love Hangs Out

Amy Bloom's new novel of short stories puts the spotlight on cupid's paradoxical heartlessness. Read more...

Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and The National Security State

Did the creation of the nuclear bomb turn the Executive Branch into a dictatorship?

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.