Displaying articles for: August 2011

Train Dreams

The author of Tree of Smoke follows a railroad man's journey through a mythic America.

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The Foreigners

Two women with dreams of renewal arrive in a Buenos Aires teetering on the brink of disaster.

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Leningrad

The suffering and sacrifice of a city under historic siege.

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Deep in a Dream

The tormented life of jazz legend Chet Baker.

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The Cut

In the latest from the D.C.-based novelist, an ex-Marine takes center stage.

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Starting from Happy

Two people try to find love together despite themselves.

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Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

A music critic sees too much of the past in our present.

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The Taint of Midas

A murder on an island in the Aegean attracts the attention of a very unorthodox detective.

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Red Summer

African-American troops returned from World War I to find a new battle waiting  at home.

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Tove Jansson's Art of Play

A sly -- and sometimes dark -- bohemianism infuses the grown-up fiction of the Moomintroll creator.

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Becoming Ray Bradbury

The legendary sci-fi writer's growth from high school student to master of imagination.

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The Submission

A committee's choice rocks a city in a novel that confronts questions of grief and the ownership of memory.

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The Gentlemen's Hour

Murder haunts the waves in Don Winslow's followup to The Dawn Patrol.

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House of Holes: A Book of Raunch

From the author of The Fermata, a headlong dive into surreal sexual hijinks.

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Death and the Penguin

An obituary writer and his avian companion face down corruption and murder in post-Soviet Russia.

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Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future

The rise of China's capital city may be the story of a new era.  And it isn't over yet.

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Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

The unlikely origin and surprising legacy of Donkey Kong's nimble hero.

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The Call

A novel traces the ordinary—and extraordinary—challenges of life as a New England veterinarian.

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Busy Monsters

In the pursuit of love, a hapless hero goes hunting Bigfoot.

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.