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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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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.