Displaying articles for: June 2013

A Trick of the Light

The voice of a young man's illness takes on an insidious power.

 

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Complex 90

A hard-boiled icon's posthumous yarn hits the streets.

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The Lost Art of Finding Our Way

A physicist leads readers through the history of going where we want to.

 

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Duel with the Devil

The true story of an unlikely crime-fighting duo: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, on the trail of a scandalous murderer.

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The No World Concerto

A novelist tries to make very modern music out of a work of fiction.

 

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George Anderson: Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time

Can the CIA director's soul be saved by an editor's idiosyncratic methods?

 

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A rural community hides enchantments of terror and wonder in this coming-of-age tale.

 

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Algerian Chronicles

The author's reflections on the turmoil in the land of his birth speak with renewed urgency.

 

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Revolutionary Summer

How the British forced Washington into retreat -- and opened the door to his eventual victory.

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Turtle Diary

A poignant novel of two lost souls and a dream of freedom, from the author of Riddley Walker.

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Southern Cross the Dog

Terror and redemption alternate in this darkly lyrical adventure set in the Depression-era South.

 

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The Art of Controversy

The former editor of The Nation provides an illustrated tour of comic provocation and satire.

 

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A Guide to Being Born

Tales of everyday lives, suffused with a Picasso-esque vision.

 

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American Gun

The late author of American Sniper saw weapons at the heart of our national experience.

 

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.