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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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.