Displaying articles for: April 2008

The Plague of Doves

A century-old storm of violence haunts the descendants -- white and Native American -- of those first caught in its vortex. Read more...

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

A father maps his son?s harrowing ordeal as a methamphetamine addict. Read more...

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work

The author argues that the creation of the WPA was one of the most enduring achievements of FDR's New Deal. Read more...

The Ten-Year Nap

Four friends wrestle with questions of motherhood, career, and identity in a novel from the author of The Position. Read more...

Dictation: A Quartet

Four short pieces from the author of Heir to the Glimmering World Read more...

Ida: A Sword Among Lions

A new biography of the anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells. Read more...

Animal's People

A crippled narrator brings to life the enormity of the Union Carbide disaster. Read more...

Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century

The author of The Shield of Achilles takes on the myths and realities of the struggle to defeat terrorism. Read more...

Lavinia

The author of the Earthsea trilogy turns her imagination to a figure from Vergil's Aeneid. Read more...

The Second Plane September 11: Terror and Boredom

Fourteen short pieces from the novelist, essayist, and literary provocateur, on the lasting impact of September 11. Read more...

Windy City

The NPR host helms a comic voyage through the election season in a fictional Chicago. Read more...

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions

How the real nature of human decision-making challenges some cherished fundamentals of economics. Read more...

Hollywood Crows

The veteran crime novelist, back on the beat in Tinseltown. Read more...

Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918

The dramatic true story behind the legendary "Lawrence of Arabia." Read more...

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles : Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

A reporter investigates the myth, reality, and complex history of that global phenomenon called "Chinese food." Read more...

The Drop Edge of Yonder

The new novel from an underground voice traces mixes an East-facing attitude with a distinctly Western setting. Read more...

Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution

An adventure reminiscent of Tom Jones follows the Revolutionary adventures of a young man who may -- or may not -- be the son of General Washington. Read more...

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

The author of Double Fold and The Mezzanine documents the pathway to a global tragedy. Read more...

Olive Kitteridge

A new collection of linked tales from the author of Amy and Isabelle maps the life of an imposing character. Read more...

Armageddon in Retrospect

A new collection of early and previously uncollected work from the celebrated writer. Read more...

The Stone Gods

The author of Written on the Body visits a future Earth, damaged by humanity. Read more...

Unaccustomed Earth

A new collection of short stories from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies. Read more...

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.