Displaying articles for: August 2010

Prejudices

The brawny eloquence and fistic wit of H. L. Mencken at his most intemperate.

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Three Stations

Arkady Renko, the hero of Gorky Park, fights age and a corrupt Moscow in a dark thriller.

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Saxophone Colossus

The genius and grandeur of the incomparable tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is celebrated in text and photographs.

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The Hare with Amber Eyes

Edmund de Waal traces his Jewish family—and their collection of Japanese netsuki—through 19th- and 20th-century European history.

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Freedom

In his first novel in nine years, the author of The Corrections delivers another powerfully observant American family saga.

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The Tenth Parallel

A journalist tours the globe's most troubled regions and finds threads of faith and power that connect far-flung conflicts.

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Bad Penny Blues

Cathi Unsworth's London-set crime novels lure readers into a sinister realm that is lurid, thrilling, and unforgettable.

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The Cross of Redemption

Previously uncollected writings by one of the most eloquent of all 20th-century American writers illuminate politics, sport, culture—and the author himself.

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Pied Piper and The Breaking Wave

Two novels set in the Second World War reveal the sly yet shocking storytelling genius of Nevil Shute (1899-1960).

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A Short History of Celebrity

A cultural historian tracks the rise and rise of the culture of fame, from Byron to Cary Grant and beyond.

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August's Last Chapter

Ten books to consider for your last summer reading.

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I Curse the River of Time

In the new novel from the author of Out Stealing Horses, grief and comedy share the stage.

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The Buenos Aires Affair

An Argentinean author's reimagining of the detective thriller as a smorgasbord of false documents, with the reader as detective meant to tie the clues together.

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The Man Who Never Returned

A hard-boiled novel based on the mysterious disappearance of Judge Crater.

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The Great Divorce

The true story of one mother's crusade to reclaim her children sheds light on the history of a famous religious sect, and women's struggle for legal rights.

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The Breakup 2.0

A surprising study of how social media is transforming modern courtship in ways Jane Austen might recognize.

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April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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.