Displaying articles for: April 2013

My Beloved Brontosaurus

Our fascination with dinosaurs is in no danger of extinction.

 

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The Last Men on Top: Breadwinners

A feminist takes a probing look at the Mad Men generation.

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The Magic of Saida

A multiracial man returns to the African town of his birth, to confront a mystery of poetry and identity.

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Merchant, Soldier, Sage

A look at history through the lens of three "castes" who have competed and collaborated to shape human societies.

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The Movement of Stars

Charting a love affair between astronomers from worlds apart.

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The Little Prince at Seventy

Can a symbol of innocence grow up with its readers?

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The Eleven

The rise of a painter amid the French Revolution and the Terror that followed.

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Trading Bases

How a Wall Street trader raised the stakes of the national pastime.

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The Faithful Executioner

The journal of a sixteenth-century headsman gives a view of early modern life from its terminus.

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A Long Day at the End of the World

Deep in the heart of Georgia, an undertaker's secret refuses to stay buried.

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Gun Guys

A reporter's quest to learn of arms, and the varied Americans who bear them.

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The Burn Palace

A supernatural thriller that defies genre conventions and the "guilty pleasure" principle.

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Top Dog

Dispelling the myths of victory, and unpacking the true motives behind competitive spirit.

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The Letters of William Gaddis

The candid correspondence of a 20th century literary innovator. 

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Life after Life

History repeats itself -- with variations -- in an inventive epic from the creator of the Jackson Brodie novels.

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).