Displaying articles for: August 2009

Crow Planet

In the croak of the raven, a naturalist hears the echo of human song. Read more...

The Magicians

Spell-casters in a dark, Narnia-inspired world. Read more...

Everything Matters!

Prophecy and pop culture collide in this story of a life absurdly burdened with apocalyptic knowledge. Read more...

Chasing Icarus

Those daring young men and their flying machines. Read more...

An Expensive Education

A set of would-be world savers finds that global crisis tests the limits of their Harvard learning. Read more...

Strength in What Remains

From the author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, a true tale of survival and self-sacrifice. Read more...

The Unit

An imaginary future in which the "unproductive" -- especially artists! -- are put to chilling use. Read more...

A Paradise Built in Hell

In the wake of catastrophe, the roots of utopias? Read more...

Reflections on the Revolution in Europe

An argument that the rising Muslim populations in Europe augur dramatic transformations. Read more...

Perfecting Sound Forever

Is the history of audio recording a chronicle of decline and fall? Read more...

The Slippery Year

How a couple's midlife crisis led to a family's journey of discovery. Read more...

That Old Cape Magic

In the latest from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, summer memories retain their bittersweet grip. Read more...

The Management Myth

A trained philosopher unthinks his very successful career as a management consultant. Read more...

American Radical

Before there were Daily Kos, The Huffington Post, or Talking Points Memo, there was I. F. Stone. Read more...

The View from the Bridge

A career devoted to the seduction of story -- from Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper to Kirk vs. Kahn. Read more...

The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

Why the cure for our ailing medical establishment requires a journey over the horizon. Read more...

South of Broad

A saga of friendship?s claims in a Charleston curiously shadowed by Joyce?s Dublin. Read more...

The Maples Stories

A career-spanning compendium of stories about a family that closely resembles the author's own. Read more...

Child's Play

Miss Marple meets Borges in this slippery thriller from Spain. Read more...

The Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker and the Maelstrom of Markets

Can Buffett, Soros, and Volcker chart a course through an economic typhoon? Read more...

Inherent Vice

A tuned-in and turned-on private eye walks the decidedly pscyedelic streets of Los Angeles in 1969. Read more...

Imperial

The author of Europe Central takes on the history and current state of a vast borderland, in a book almost as big as his subject. Read more...

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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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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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.