Displaying articles for: June 2012

Little America

A reporter goes behind the lines and finds the deep divides that hampered the American "good war" against the Taliban.

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The Receptionist

Working the front desk at The New Yorker.

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Hidden Talents: Summer Thrillers for Teens

School's out, and adventure's in.

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Seize the Fourth Dimension: The Novels of Clarice Lispector

The "dizzying, euphoric" prose of a trailblazing Brazilian writer, in a new series of translations.

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A Sense of Direction

Following some well-trodden paths in the quest to discover a life's purpose.

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The Cyclist Conspiracy

A dishwasher who becomes king and an order of bicycling monks caper through a deliberately head-spinning tale.

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A New Creation Story

Three books ponder our intimate relationship with the natural world.

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New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families

A novelist traces the lives of the writers whose voices echo in his imagination.

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Hit Lit

Can the DNA of the blockbuster novel be sequenced?

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Capital: A Novel

The author of I.O.U. follows the bubble's bursting through one street full of  London lives.

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The Dream of the Celt

The Nobel laureate spins a continent-spanning tale out of the life of an Irish adventurer.

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Over Time: My Life As a Sportswriter

How a legendary commentator found his voice on the fringes of the establishment.

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

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).