Displaying articles for: May 2011

Daniel Stein, Interpreter

The true story of a Holocaust survivor turned Carmelite monk is refashioned into a moving tale that "makes the improbable believable."

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Confessions of a Young Novelist

A "characteristically sly" memoir of the writer's work as an architect of meticulously detailed fictions. 

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The Clamorgans

Following a prominent Midwestern clan through generations, and shifting identities.

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The Sojourn

A story of a World War I sniper's dreams of glory, and the terrible reality of combat.

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The Novels of Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll's novels confront the horror of Germany's past—and its willingness to turn away.

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The Greater Journey

Following in the footsteps of nineteenth-century Americans in the City of Light.

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Tabloid City

The tale of a socialite's murder occasions a last, loving look around the beloved and disappearing newsroom.

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Miss New India

A comic novel follows the flight of a young Indian woman from village to metropolis. 

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Embassytown

A heady new novel harks back to the 1970s science fiction of Ursula Le Guin and Doris Lessing.

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Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast

A legal genius with a penchant for making mischief.

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A Planet of Viruses

The most abundant life form on earth holds surprising secrets about humanity.

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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman

Women face life on their own terms in the author's career-spanning story collection.

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A Moment in the Sun

War in the Philippines, gold fever in the Yukon, and an assassin's plot are woven together in a cinematic turn-of-the-century saga.

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The Hollywood Sign

 The history of an icon so entrenched it seems to have grown right out of the hillside.

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The Crimean War: A History

The Victorian conflict that set the stage for the political and military tumult of the 20th century.

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Caleb's Crossing

A colonial girl and a native boy in 17th-century New England are linked by an unusual friendship.

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The Fear

A rare portrait of life—and death—in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.

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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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.