Displaying articles for: May 2012

The Lower River

A former Peace Corps volunteer tries to return to an idyllic African village, only to discover a nightmare.

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A Naked Singularity

A public defender's tragicomic exploits are at the heart of a boldly exuberant debut novel.

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Experiment Eleven: Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of a Wonder Drug

Backstabbing and lies in the lab, with a Nobel Prize on the line.

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The Newlyweds

A young woman tries to escape her Bangladeshi village life by becoming an email-order bride.

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The Juice: Vinous Veritas

The novelist has parlayed an amateur's oenophilia into a second career.

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As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

A new volume of the writer and thinker's journals reveals a mind bent on relentless self-interrogation.

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Canada

A robbery gone wrong sends a child into exile in a story that recalls the work of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.

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My Struggle: Book One

The first volume in the memoir of a "narrative wizard" confronts the author's contentious relationship with his father.

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Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

A study of the most attention-getting of body parts reveals an organ as mysterious as it is vital.

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Home

The Nobel laureate's new novel addresses familiar themes in the story of a soldier's homecoming.

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Pearls of the Czech New Wave

For a brief period in the 1960s, unprecedented cinematic freedom and innovation flourished in Czechoslovakia.

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Beastly Things

Butchery of more than one kind is at the heart of Commissario Guido Brunetti's latest case.

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The Drowned Cities

The author returns to the world of Ship Breaker, and a young woman's encounter with the dogs of war.

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Rez Life

A memoir of life on Ojibwe reservation is both a portrait of a vanishing world and a look at why it's disappearing.

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Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics

A new collection showcases the songwriting talents of the coal miner's daughter and feminist pioneer.

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More Powerful Than Dynamite

A hundred years before Occupy Wall Street, a movement aimed at the structures of power seemed ready to explode.

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Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance

How John Singer Sargent captured the dawn of a new century in his portrait of two New Yorkers.

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A Difficult Woman

A life of playwright and gadfly Lillian Hellman suggests that her reputation in large part turns on her gender.

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HHhH

A novelist takes up the tale of a plot to kill a Nazi leader. But how much is truth?

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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.