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 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.