Displaying articles for: May 2008

The Hakawati

A Lebanese family history, woven in tales. Read more...

The Age of Reagan: A History

One of America?s most respected historians discusses the rise of conservatism and the political legacy of Ronald Reagan. Read more...

The Labrador Pact

Domestic drama -- from the canine point of view. Read more...

The Sum of Our Days

In her new memoir, the author of Paula returns to chronicle the emotional tumult of family life. Read more...

The Lazarus Project

A shooting in Chicago prompts a European odyssey -- a century later. Read more...

Delta Wedding

Tess Taylor on Eudora Welty?s portrait of a southern family. Read more...

George MacDonald Fraser An Appreciation

A final outing from the creator of the zestfully antiheroic Flashman novels. Read more...

The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession

From the durian to the Grapple, a global tour through the world of fruit. Read more...

The Age of American Unreason

?Junk science? and anti-intellectualism considered as cultural epidemics. Read more...

Fall of Frost

A novelist careens through the life of one of the greatest American poets. Read more...

The Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf, and Armed Robbery

A shady character's moment in the Southern California sun. Read more...

Personal Days

Layoffs and mystery haunt the cubicles in a darkly comic tale of the modern workplace. Read more...

The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

What really happens when the economy "tightens." Read more...

The Devil Gets His Due: The Uncollected Essays of Leslie Fiedler

Previously uncollected essays from the groundbreaking and idiosycratic literary critic. Read more...

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories

A new collection of short fiction from the author of This Boy's Life and Old School. Read more...

A Dead Man's Memoir

David Abrams on a little-known work by the author of The Master and Margarita. Read more...

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

The greatest case of the detective who inspired Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. Read more...

The Story of a Marriage

A family in the aftermath of World War II, from the author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli. Read more...

Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History

The chief wordsmith of the JFK White House looks back in an autumnal memoir that blends the personal and the political. Read more...

Child 44

A detective in Stalinist Russia tries to solve a murder and finds that the very notion of crime is politically suspect. Read more...

A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade

A group portrait of one of America's most eccentric -- and influential -- circles of friends. Read more...

Starting Lines: Poetry for Children

Lisa Von Drasek romps through the abundant garden of children's verse. Read more...

Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

The strange case of the quack surgeon who became a millionaire and a radio pioneer. Read more...

The Plague of Doves

A century-old storm of violence haunts the descendants -- white and Native American -- of those first caught in its vortex. Read more...

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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).