Displaying articles for: July 2011

William Styron: A Promise Kept

An editor's memory of two literary legends, and a collaboration that left a lasting impact.

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A Death in Summer

A steamy tale of an Irish tycoon's murder and his widow's dangerous allure.

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

Surveying the longest uninterrupted monarchy in the world.

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Conquistadora

The author of When I Was Puerto Rican serves up a  steamy saga of love, wealth, and power set on her native island.

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Game of Secrets

Two women reveal their hidden thoughts, one letter at a time.

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Al Capone and His American Boys

A true story of 1930s gangsters resurfaces, with movie-ready dialogue intact.

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Disaster Was My God

A fictionalized account of French poet--and decadent adventurer--Arthur Rimbaud's meteoric career.

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The Kid

The creator of Precious picks up the tale with the life of her heroine's son.

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Ladies and Gentlemen: Stories

In these stories by the author of Mr. Peanut, you don't have to be cruel to be kind, but it helps.

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Weeds

A playful guide to the intruders of the plant world—and reasons for welcoming their uninvited appearance.

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Stone Arabia

A gifted musician, an invented life, and a doting sister make a heady combination in the new novel from the author of Eat the Document.

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A Dance with Dragons

The long-awaited fifth entry in A Song of Ice and Fire highlights the pleasures—and perils—of an engrossing series.

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The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting

A look at the evolution of shopping’s shadowy cousin.

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Nica's Dream

A new life of the European aristocrat who became the "Jazz Baroness."

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From Here to Eternity: the Restored Edition

A new edition of From Here to Eternity restores passages cut from the award-winning original.  Do they transform the work?

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The First Detective

How a former burglar and prison escape artist founded the police force as we know it.

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Millennium People

The last novel from the celebrated author of Crash and Empire of the Sun revolves around a sinister trend in a gated community.

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).