Displaying articles for: April 2010

Hellhound on His Trail

The author of Ghost Soldiers tracks the astonishing trail of the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Lake Shore Limited

Sue Miller's novel puts old friends on a collision course.

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Nox

Anne Carson recollects her brother in a remarkable elegy.

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My Life in Books: Molly Ringwald

Salinger, Tolstoy, Fitzgerald, and more: Molly Ringwald shares her life story through a shelf of favorite books.

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What Becomes

Short tales of the alien landscape within from an award-winning writer.

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Prefaces to Shakespeare

An introduction to each and every one of Shakespeare's plays, offered by one of their most sensitive readers.

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Jane's Fame

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is a literary titan. But why?

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Spring Awakening

In the first installment of Stanza her new column on poets and poetry, Tess Taylor surveys shoots of verse from the month of new growth.

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Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

For all his inspiring toughness, Churchill viewed combat as a species of entertainment.

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Parrot and Olivier in America

The award-winning novelist spins a tale of mismatched master and servant, lost in America.

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The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

An engrossing compendium of the author's short fiction leaves the reader wanting still more.

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Muriel Spark: The Biography

A new life of the novelist reveals a life of personal struggle held in check by steely wit.

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The Masterpiece Has No Clothes

Naked Lunch at 50: Does Burroughs’ classic of cut-up lit add up?

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Russia Against Napoleon

A new account of the war that began the modern era in Europe. Read more...

Girls of Lonely Means

A poet's death sparks a meditation on fiction, longing, and solitude.

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The Shaking Woman

A novelist's unique investigation into the mysteries of brain and body.

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Anthill

The award-winning philosopher and writer on science branches out with a unique work of fiction.

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The Museum of Eterna's Novel

A self-consciously tangled work of fiction follows a labyrinthine path in pursuit of the nature of love. Read more...

The Second Sex

A new translation of the groundbreaking book that asked women to rethink everything they'd been taught.

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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.