Displaying articles for: August 2012

The Tillerman Cycle

Cynthia Voigt's powerful classics follow a group of siblings who remake their family through a timeless story of love, struggle, and adventure.

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Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

A guide to understanding what we do when we aren't awake.

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Winter Journal

A writer's attempt to capture the life that only the body knows.

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Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

The fight over free speech on one campus and a secret campaign against academic activists.

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Lionel Asbo: State of England

A Cockney thug wins the lottery.

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Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years

The rise of a term of opprobrium reveals some fundamental truths about our culture.

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Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

The story of an American artist is also the snapshot of a lost world.

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The Dog Stars

After a mysterious flu wipes out most of the U.S. population, a man and his canine companion struggle to survive.

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Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

The legendary film star may have been a better actress in private life than she was on the screen.

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With the Animals

A farmer who loves his cows more than his wife has his world turned upside down by the arrival of a migrant worker.

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Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

A manual for navigating our highly disruptive economy.

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Dead Stars

The depths of a celebrity-fevered culture are mapped in a Hollywood Inferno.

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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.