Displaying articles for: February 2011

Rodin's Debutante

Ward Just puts his Chicago hometown in perspective with a novel of fathers, sons, and secrets.

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The Long Road Home

The struggles faced by survivors and refugees of World War II—after the shooting stopped.

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The Paris Wife

A novel of Ernest Hemingway's wife Hadley among the exiles in 1920s Paris.

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Music for Silenced Voices

Beauty and dread in the quartets Shostakovich created in Stalin's shadow.

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When the Killing's Done

A new novel engages the question of animal rights and discovers that humans playing god is not the answer.

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Ghost Light

The twilight of an actress from the era of Yeats and Synge, from the author of Star of the Sea.

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My Father's Fortune

An ingenious writer reconfigures his own past.

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The Oracle of Stamboul

The Ottoman capital is the site of a young woman's discovery of her mysterious, magical destiny.

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The Hemlock Cup

Socrates's life and work, at home in Athens.

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Montecore

A rollicking novel of a Tunisian emigrant to Sweden, told in an exuberant remix of languages.

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The Storyteller of Marrakesh

A tale of truth and lies in a legendary Moroccan square.

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Life on Sandpaper

An Israeli artist's adventures in the heyday of bohemian Manhattan.

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

In the cage with the tiger mother: a hard look at the season's most controversial book.

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The Great Archimedes

The legendary mathematician and his tragic fate.

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J. D. Salinger: A Life

A new biography plumbs the depths of a literary enigma.

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The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

A chimpanzee's tale of sentience, love, and murder.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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

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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.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."