Displaying articles for: April 2009

Sag Harbor

A beachfront coming-of-age in the '80s, from the author of The Intuitionist. Read more...

The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World's Fiercest Food Fight

Gourmets face off against geese (and their protectors) in an increasingly heated cultural showdown. Read more...

The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East

A reporter?s career in the Middle East yields insights that don?t always make the front page. Read more...

Nobody Move

A gambler pushes his luck in a freshly hard-boiled tale. Read more...

Impossible Man

How the seeming paradox of "Muslim punk" grew out of the even more complex dreams of an American teenager. Read more...

My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century

The life of an internationally celebrated poet whose voice embodies "inscrutable simplicity." Read more...

Flying

Youthful flights of fancy take wing on a colossal tall tale -- and return comically to earth -- in this exuberant novel. Read more...

The Philosopher and the Wolf

A memoir of an unlikely human-animal partnership, and a meditation on life through lupine eyes. Read more...

The Long Fall

The creator of Easy Rawlins introduces a detective for the 21st century. Read more...

Whenever I Am About to Publish a Book

Our newest -- and oldest -- contributor on the enduring perils of publishing. Read more...

On Moving: A Writer's Meditation on New Houses, Old Haunts, and Finding Home Again

A literary and personal meditation on the power of changes in scene. Read more...

Lowboy

A young man sets out on a subterranean voyage, hoping to save an overheated planet. Read more...

Alger Hiss and the Battle for History

A trial more than half a century old remains the stage for a hard-fought political struggle. Read more...

The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them

An advice columnist?s bracing memoir of raising her daughter -- and herself -- in Freeville, NY. Read more...

Don't Cry

Life stripped bare by a harsh and forbidding eye. Read more...

An Oresteia

An experiment in antiquity rediscovers the fates of Agamemnon, Elektra, and Orestes. Read more...

Castle

An ex-soldier returns to his hometown to discover anomalies in the land -- and in his own memories. Read more...

The Impostor

Under the guise of a nation's rebirth, old crimes and fresh corruptions. Read more...

Philip Jos� Farmer: A River Ran Through Him

Exploring the perpetually overflowing imagination of the late Philip José Farmer. Read more...

When Skateboards Will Be Free

The child of would-be revolutionaries on growing up as a socialist in America. Read more...

The Lost City of Z

An Amazonian Shangri-la and the hapless adventurers who sought its secrets. Read more...

Ablutions: Notes for a Novel

A visionary portrait of lives on the rocks, glimpsed from behind the bar. Read more...

Humbug

A new collection celebrates the improbable magazine created by a quintet of Mad geniuses. Read more...

July 27: The American novelist and critic Elizabeth Hardwick was born on this day in 1916.

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).