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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July 29: On this day in 1878 Don Marquis was born.

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).