Displaying articles for: June 2014

How I Became a Writer in a Family of Scientists

Growing up with chemists and rocket scientists led one writer to her debut novel.

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The Stories of Jane Gardam

The novelist's short fiction could prove as immersive as her award-winning longer works.

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Invisibles

How behind-the-scenes experts and artists defy a culture of narcissism.

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Death and Maslow

The author of Ruby on teaching Los Angeles' at-risk youth how to tell their own stories.

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I'm Gone

The story of a gallery owner's life is a study in surfaces.

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Dictionary of Untranslatables

From Abstraction to Welt, a new lexicon attempts to corral some truly Big Words.

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Bumblebees in the Balance

What's the buzz? A lively conservationist explains the beauty - and necessity - of our black-and-gold companions.

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I'll Be Right There

The author of Please Look After Mom turns to South Korea's turbulent 1980s in her new novel.

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My Struggle, Book Three: Boyhood

An unlikely Norwegian folk hero continues his sprawling odyssey.

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Further Joy

This short story from an enthralling new collection finds curious suburban fathers and daughters searching for connection.

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Golazo!

With World Cup–level prowess, a soccer fanatic delves into the beautiful game's Latin American heart.

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The Book of Unknown Americans

Crossing the U.S.-Mexican border with a family living in the Land of Opportunity's shadows.

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Proof: The Science of Booze

A spirited journey through the chemistry and psychology of libation.

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Under Magnolia

The author who famously moved to a sun-drenched European villa recollects her childhood in the American South.

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Lost for Words

A novelist shines mercilessly comic light on the insular world of literary prizes.

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The Humor Code

A doctor and a journalist span the globe to learn why we laugh.

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Washington Journal

A year in the life of a rookie reporter earning her stripes inside the frenzy of Watergate.

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Age of Ambition

An American reporter studies firsthand the waxing and waning freedoms of modern China's citizens.

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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).