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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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).