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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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.