Displaying articles for: February 2012

The Guardians: An Elegy

Recalling a fallen friend.

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World on a Wire

Long before The Truman Show, the German director trapped his characters in a virtual world.

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No One Is Here Except All of Us

As war looms, a Romanian village chooses to reimagine the world.

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The Garden Intrigue

The latest outing of the Pink Carnation features Napoleonic espionage and love's triumph over some very bad poetry.

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The Annotated Emerson

A new collection helps readers to appreciate the "new yet unapproachable" American thinker.

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Watergate

The infamous cover-up  -- and the gossip surrounding it -- is at the heart of a novel about men and women vying for power.

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Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away

The strange allure of catastrophe.

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Earth Works: Selected Essays

A new collection highlights the Emersonian bent of a midwestern writer.

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Girl Reading

A debut novel hints at connections between seven bookish women scattered through time.

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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

A woman renounces her strict religious upbringing.

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The Eiffel Tower

Scenes from an American family's sojourn in the City of Light, from the author's forthcoming memoir Paris in Love.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

An award-winning reporter's "uncompromising and important" new look at daily life in a Mumbai slum.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Eight new stories from an emerging master of the form seek "the narrow strait between hilarity and heartwreck."

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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).