Displaying articles for: July 2014

Agostino

A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer's least conventional beach read.

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Green Girl

A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.

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Leavetaking

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn't enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

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Arts & Entertainments

A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.

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The Mad and the Bad

A new translation of a noir cult classic lets fists and guns do the talking.

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Indonesia, Etc.

A tour through the world's most populous archipelago finds a kaleidoscope of cultures.

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Alice Paul: Claiming Power

The courageous life and times of a women's suffrage heroine.

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More Curious

Why the ghost of Dostoyevsky haunts the desert city of Marfa, Texas.

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Cataract City

A smash-mouth story of fraternity in dire straits, with the soul of gruff rock 'n' roll.

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The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

An obsessive-compulsive love story with a taste for Dada asks readers to pay close attention.

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Song of the Shank

The true story of a nineteenth-century musical prodigy becomes a novel about the depths words can't fathom.

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The Nile

Floating down the "great green" and back into Egypt's history.

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Enchanting Devices: Stuart Dybek's Short Fiction

Two new collections display the writer's evanescent spellcraft.

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West of the Revolution

Traveling beyond the Thirteen Colonies to the dangerous outer limits of America, 1776.

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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).