Displaying articles for: March 2010

Noir

A master of the sentence sends a P.I. in pursuit of the mysteries lurking in the detective novel. Read more...

Matterhorn

An ambitious new novel recreates the chaos of jungle combat in Vietnam -- from one who took part.

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Solar

From the author of Atonement and Saturday, a darkly comic take on modern science and climate change.

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Still Midnight

Family ties -- among criminals, victims, and police -- are at the bottom of a botched kidnapping in Glasgow. Read more...

Germania

Simon Winder takes a highly personal and humorous look at "Britain’s weird twin."

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Public and Private

Andrew Keen ruminates on J. D. Salinger, privacy, social networking, and The Fall of Public Man. Read more...

So Much for That

A woman's battle with cancer resonates with a wider sense of crisis over health care.

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The Ask

A tale of desperation, betrayal, fatherhood and fundraising.

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White Egrets

At the age of eighty, a great poet pits his voice against the encroaching shadows.

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Reality Hunger

A manifesto from David Shields urges a literature of the remix. Read more...

The Allure of Chanel

She claimed that her aspirations were "modest", but her designs made her a champion of liberation. Read more...

The Big Short

The author of Liars’ Poker finds the financial raiders who knew the bubble was destined to burst – and made a historic profit when it did. Read more...

The Birth (and Death) of the Cool

Is it finally actually hip to be square? Read more...

Lonelyhearts

A new dual biography focuses on the lives and times of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney. Read more...

About a Mountain

Plans for the nation's largest nuclear waste dump inspire a look at the city in its shadow.

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The Surrendered

From the author of Native Speaker and Aloft, a story of war, tragedy and desire on an operatic scale. Read more...

Still Life

An author's investigation into the surprisingly long-lived world of taxidermy. Read more...

Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness

Ariel Gore's new book looks at the complex, sometimes unhappy, relationship modern women have with…happiness. Read more...

Mrs. Adams in Winter

The fascinating chronicle of a First Lady's journey across Europe—as an escaped Napoleon makes a renewed bid for power.

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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."