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 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."