Displaying articles for: March 2012

Satantango

A Hungarian author's portrait of village life pulls no punches.

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Thomas Hart Benton

A biography of the artist whose work, "as rich and dynamic as it may be, is not as paradoxical as the man was."

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The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard's Story

A story of life in a Russian prison camp, by turns comic and shockingly honest.

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Butterfly in the Typewriter

The short life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the classic A Confederacy of Dunces

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Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room

A critic takes a scene-by-scene journey through a masterpiece of cinema.

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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

The chilling chronicle of an injustice in the Florida courts that became a turning point in the civil rights movement.

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Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

At the climax of the Cold War, misgivings simmered below the surface of the Anglo-American alliance.

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When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays

The author of Gilead and Home collects essays marked by the spirit of her Western upbringing.

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Carry the One

The aftermath of a tragic moment ripples out through years, and lives.

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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

An epic that documents one of the twentieth century's greatest crimes, in a newly restored edition.

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Island of Vice

The Rough Rider versus the Rotten Apple.

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The Vanishers

Female psychics clash and destructive fury erupts.

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Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

The story of the computer's creation.

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By Blood

The secrets of the consulting room travel through walls and breed a man's obsession with a stranger.

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Gods Without Men

A desert monolith is the strange attractor in a tale of myth and madness that hopscotches through time.

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Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith

A case for how religious belief has shaped America's foreign policy.

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Barney Rosset, 1922-2012

The publisher of Grove transformed American literature with courage -- and savvy.

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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

A journalist unveils the hidden history of Russia's prime minister.

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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).