Displaying articles for: August 2013

Claire of the Sea Light

In a small Haitian town, the question of a young girl's fate hangs in the balance.

 

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The Manor

The history of one of New York's oldest manors -- and its slaves.

 

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March: Book One

A congressman and civil rights leader looks back on the struggle -- in graphic form.

 

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Night Film

A New York reporter investigates a deceased beauty and her reclusive filmmaking father, in a story rich with modern details.

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The Telling Room

The quest to re-create a  fabled recipie takes a cheesemaker on a journey of triumph, defeat, and reconnection with the past.

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George Orwell: A Life in Letters

The novelist's correspondence reveals the extent of the burdens he bore.

 

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Brewster

The restlessness of two small-town teens mirrors the turbulence of 1968.

 

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I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

A writer's life in  five essays that evidence the tools of the novelist.

 

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The Art of Joy

An epic-scale novel of a woman's emotional and sexual odyssey, written by the daughter of anarchists.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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

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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.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."