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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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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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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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.