Displaying articles for: July 2012

Gone, Gone, Gone

Buffeted by tragedies -- personal and national -- two teens try to find love.

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Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate

Should we care about a new posthumous recording of the legendary pianist? Yes.

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Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach

A crime reporter uncovers a big story in a novel that suggests Wodehouse in Thailand.

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A Hologram for the King

Stranded in Saudi Arabia, a salesman confronts the hollowed-out remains of his life.

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Why Does the World Exist?

Wrestling with the eternal quandary at the heart of the universe.

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Ghost Milk

London's "psychogeographer" looks at the transformations wrought by Olympic spectacle.

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Between the Lines

Love leaps off the page.

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Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy

In surviving eight assassination attempts, the queen cemented the British monarchy's popularity.

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True Believers: A Novel

A sixties radical confronts the twenty-first century.

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Mountains of the Moon

A riveting debut novel follows a young survivor on a determined odyssey.

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Snow-Storm in August

A quarter century before the Civil War, tensions over slavery erupted in the nation's capital.

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Alif the Unseen

Scheherezade's tales get a techno-thriller update in this inventive new novel.

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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.