Displaying articles for: June 2011

A World on Fire

A British writer puts the spectacle of the American Civil War on a transatlantic stage.

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The Beginners

A teenager falls under the sway of a pair of uncanny new friends in this gothic coming-of-age story.

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America Pacifica

A daughter searches for her mother in a bitterly divided post-apocalyptic landscape.

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Amazing Dogs

A "Cabinet of Canine Curiosities" that chronicles four-legged feats, both mythical and real.

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The Compass of Pleasure

 A neuroscientist looks at the power of feeling good.

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The Devil She Knows

An ambitious--and ruthless--politician crosses paths with a waitress in a tale of suspense grounded in the blue-collar world of New York's outer boroughs.

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The Secret History of Costaguana

A daring novel rewrites Joseph Conrad's epic Nostromo into the history of the Panama Canal.

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The Story of Charlotte's Web

How a death on a farm led to a monument of children's literature.

 

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The Astral

A Brooklyn poet on a roundabout quest to repair his own life finds himself on an unlikely rescue mission.

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Something for Nothing

A poignantly dark comedy follows a 1970s Californian businessman who takes wing as a fledgling smuggler.

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State of Wonder

A quest for a miracle drug, a mysterious rainforest tribe, and a murder in the Amazon combine in a heady story of adventure and self-discovery.

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Mightier than the Sword

Uncle Tom's Cabin changed the world.  But is it worth reading now?

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Field Notes on Science and Nature

A revealing and inspiring look at where and how scientific ideas take shape.

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The Summer of the Bear

A grieving family and an escaped bear find unexpected connections on a Scottish island.

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Soft Skull's Deep Focus

A new series offers highly personal takes on films that -- in various registers -- spoke to a generation.

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Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue

Do we underrate the value of faithfulness?

 

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Centuries of June

In which a mysterious head wound leads a man on a dreamlike odyssey of interwoven tales.

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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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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.