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 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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.