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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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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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.