Displaying articles for: April 2012

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume Four

From Senate majority leader to vice president to president, Lyndon Johnson's political metamorphosis during the years between 1958 and 1964 is captured in this masterpiece of historical biography.

Read more...

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A story of friendship and tragedy lightened by quirky humor.

Read more...

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

After her mother's death, the author and environmentalist found a silent mystery.

Read more...

Farther Away

The novelist's essays take on the dangers of a networked world -- and the grief and anger left behind after a friend's death.

Read more...

Useless Landscape: A Guide for Boys

A California haunted by death and suffused with sex is the subject of D. A. Powell's biting collection of verse.

Read more...

The Mark Inside

In the golden age of the Big Con, the wires and rails that knit American cities made a perfect web.

Read more...

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

The author's latest experiment with himself is a whirlwind journey through a thousand fitness regimens.

Read more...

A Slave in the White House

Though he deplored slavery, James Madison owned slaves. A new book examines the Founding Father's contradictory conduct.

Read more...

Swim: Why We Love the Water

Why do we love the water? A journalist and swimming enthusiast dives into the question.

Read more...

The Patagonian Hare

A record of death defied and life well lived.

Read more...

Spring Cleaning

The painful task of saying goodbye to good books.

Read more...

Schmidt Steps Back

The author of About Schmidt brings his aging hero back to confront the prospect of a last chance at love.

Read more...

The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin

A new collection of Philip Larkin's verse attempts to capture the acerbic poet's work in toto.

Read more...

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…

advertisement
Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.