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.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A story of friendship and tragedy lightened by quirky humor.

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When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

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

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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.

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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.

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The Mark Inside

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

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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.

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A Slave in the White House

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

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Swim: Why We Love the Water

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

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The Patagonian Hare

A record of death defied and life well lived.

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Spring Cleaning

The painful task of saying goodbye to good books.

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Schmidt Steps Back

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

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The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin

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

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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.