Displaying articles for: April 2011

The Great Night

Shakespeare's fairies work their magic on lovers in a San Francisco park.

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A Jane Austen Education

The surprisingly up-to-date guide to life found in the classic novelist's work.

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When Tito Loved Clara

A poignant tale of love lost and found between rough New York streets and the moneyed New Jersey suburbs.

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The Tragedy of Arthur

A lost Shakespeare play may be an elaborate con, or a father's mysterious gift. 

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Reading My Father

 Alexandra Styron has written an extraordinarily sensitive biography of her father, the author of Sophie's Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner.

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Aaron and Ahmed

A collaboration by novelist Jay Cantor and comics creator James Romberger journeys from September 11 to Guantanamo Bay to a mystical Arabia.

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The Paper Garden

The fascinating artistry of an 18th century gentlewoman reveals a hidden world of creative expression in paper.

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The Pale King

Set in an office of IRS auditors, David Foster Wallace's posthumously published book is a novel about boredom that's filled with surprise.

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Say Her Name

A distraught novelist remembers, mourns, and celebrates his lost love.

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The Origins of Political Order

A grand attempt to map the birth and development of modern government.

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Craving Earth

The strange and complex history of pica—the practice of eating dirt.

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Living in Parallel

Reading Brian Greene, Dezső Kosztolányi, and Henry James—and discovering the quandaries of the infinite.

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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

A major reassessment of perhaps the most misunderstood figure of the civil rights era.

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Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

A collection of essays marked by the author's voracious intellectual appetite and improvisatory charm.

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The Death and Life of Great New York Novels

Have we had a great New York novel in the past decade?

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The Love of My Youth

A chance meeting in Rome brings a pair of lovers together again after decades apart.

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Swim Back to Me

Stories that explore the "risky and exhilarating" years of youth, and what follows.

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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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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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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.