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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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

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.