Displaying articles for: September 2008

An Evil Guest

A Broadway-bound actress has her eyes on the stars -- but the stars have eyes of their own. Read more...

Planet Google

How two Stanford grads and a legion of spiders caught the world in their web. Read more...

Ms. Hempel Chronicles

A middle school is the setting for this novel of an adult?s education. Read more...

Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

A portrait of the vice president as 21st-century Richelieu. Read more...

Alfred and Emily

The Nobel laureate imagines a personal history in which she was never born. Read more...

When Will There Be Good News?

Dickensian coincidences pile high as a murder out of the past comes back to Jackson Brodie's life. Read more...

Concrete Reveries

As humanity concentrates itself in ever-larger cities, Mark Kingwell explores the way they shape our species. Read more...

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

A darkly whimsical fantasia anatomizes the Russian soul in the age of Putin. Read more...

The Hunger Games

Lisa Von Drasek looks at a young-adult dystopia. Read more...

Exit Music

Can this be the last case for Edinburgh?s long-suffering Inspector Rebus? Read more...

Indignation

From Newark to Winesburg, Ohio, in the shadow of the Korean War. Read more...

Nothing to Be Frightened Of

The novelist peeks into the land of the dead -- while he still has time. Read more...

The Forever War

A report from the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more...

A Manuscript of Ashes

A literary mystery haunted by the legacy of the Spanish Civil War. Read more...

Anathem

A society of scientist-monks is at the heart of the new saga from the author of Cryptonomicon. Read more...

Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia

A journey through the aftermath of war and atrocity in Bosnia. Read more...

Real World

A close-knit circle of Japanese teenagers find their friendship threatened by violence. Read more...

A Gas-Lit Century: Historical Mysteries Part III

Why crime fiction loves the Victorian era. Read more...

Home

A prodigal?s return is the subject of a novel that parallels the author?s award-winning Gilead. Read more...

The Night of the Gun

A reporter chronicles his own wasted and perilous time. Read more...

How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

War and remembrance through a child?s eye. Read more...

The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America

Portrait of a muckraking photographer. Read more...

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Cinderella as Parisian concierge in an international bestseller. Read more...

Grand New Party

A prescription for Republican renewal. Read more...

Sustainable Culture

Edward Champion on the intergalactic ambitions of Iain M. Banks?s series of speculative novels. Read more...

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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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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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.