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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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

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).