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 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.