Displaying articles for: April 2014

Defining Themselves: Transgender Teen Lit

Fiction and nonfiction for teens that explores life beyond male and female.

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The Vanquished Enemy: Everest Above All

An alpine journey of "howling blizzards" and awesome views, from the author of The Steady Running of the Hour.

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A Broken Hallelujah

This is not a biography of Leonard Cohen: it's a spiritual odyssey.

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The French Intifada

The tumultuous history of France and its Arabs in the wake of the Algerian War.

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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Thinking outside the box of twentieth-century office life.

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Can't and Won't

Uncoiling a Booker Prize winner's tightly wound collection of short -- at times very short -- stories.

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The Little Girl who Fought the Great Depression

Why was Shirley Temple one of the most iconic figures of 1930s America?

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Pushkin Hills

A comedy of Russian art and politics finds a frustrated writer being torn apart at the seams.

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Border Patrol Nation

Life under the expanding watch -- and lucrative industry -- of Homeland Security.

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The Ghosts of Wrath

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of  John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a celebration of the author's revolutionary belief in familial loyalty and America's disenfranchised poor.

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In Paradise

A guided tour through Nazi concentration camps makes for a haunting end to the life and career of a twentieth-century master.

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I Am the Beggar of the World

A collection of short poems and photographs give lyrical voice to the citizens of Afghanistan's borderlands.

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Forever Young: Lizzie Skurnick Books

Bringing new life to the teen classics that made "YA" a literary genre.

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Utopia or Bust

Is Marxism the "spirit of the times" for our world economy?

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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.