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 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.