Displaying articles for: May 2009

How to Sell

The world of high-end jewelry salesmen rendered in diamond-hard prose. Read more...

Love and Obstacles

Short tales that approach, in a sidelong fashion, the self-accounting of memoir. Read more...

Rosenfeld's Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing

The passage of a literary prodigy. Read more...

A Reliable Wife

A mail-order bride brings a secret history to a snowstruck prairie town, only to find her new husband haunted by his own past. Read more...

A Jury of Her Peers

A new survey of the history of women writing in America produces a bounty of well-known works and little-known gems. Read more...

The City & The City

The champion of the "New Weird" delivers a haunting police procedural. Read more...

Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life

How to unleash your inner Donald. Read more...

Steal Across the Sky

Flavored by pulp fiction and sizzling with satire, a tale of mystery on a galactic scale. Read more...

A Fortunate Age

A 21st-century update of Mary McCarthy's classic novel The Group. Read more...

How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower

Modern scholarship uncovers the surprisingly long-lived twilight of Roman civilization. Read more...

Wanting

An atrocity at the heart of Tasmania's history yields a complex linkage of characters real and imagined. Read more...

The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World

The sometimes surprising history of the global battle over reproductive rights. Read more...

Sunnyside

A novel of Hollywood in the silent era, from the author of Carter Beats the Devil Read more...

Aladdin's Lamp

How the Islamic world kept alive the flame of classical science. Read more...

Road Dogs

The bedroom banter of a master of dialogue always threatens to steal the show. Read more...

The Scenic Route

On the road in Europe, looking for love, or at least a good conversation. Read more...

Losing Mum and Pup

A novelist confronts the death of his parents -- who happen to have been legends in their own time. Read more...

Home Schooling

A Canadian short story writer with a Chekhovian flair. Read more...

Brooklyn

A novelist returns to his hometown and sends his heroine across the Atlantic. Read more...

Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language

Spoke the (language) maven, "Nevermore." Read more...

Tokyo Fianc�

Memoir and fiction carry on an extended flirtation in Nothomb?s tale of cross-cultural love. Read more...

Sag Harbor

A beachfront coming-of-age in the '80s, from the author of The Intuitionist. Read more...

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.