Displaying articles for: September 2010

At Home

The celebrated travel writer turns his gaze on the world inside.

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The Wilding

Mother Nature's dark side comes to the fore in Benamin Percy's tale of a woodland excursion gone wrong.

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By Nightfall

A mid-life search for meaning in an increasingly commodified world, from the author of The Hours.

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The Honor Code

A philosopher argues for honor as a key moral concept—and as the catalyst for moral revolutions.

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A Curable Romantic

A lovelorn demon makes appointments with Sigmund Freud in this novel of fin de siecle Vienna.

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Skippy Dies

Paul Murray embraces tragedy and ribald comedy with a coming-of-age tale set in an Irish boys' school.

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Jane Addams

A new life of the trailblazing activist and peace advocate who founded Hull House.

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You Were Wrong

An obnoxious stepfather, a lovely burglar, and an overwhelmed young math teacher wrestle with words.

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The Last Utopia

An argument that one of the core beliefs of our age was only recently invented.

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Man in the Woods

A rescue gone wrong puts a tale of crime, punishment, and forgiveness in motion.

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Juggling and Digging

New verse from Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon offers complementary visions of the poet's vocation.

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The Elephant's Journey

Nobel Laureate José Saramago's playful tale takes a trip through 16th-century Europe on a pachyderm's back.

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Our Tragic Universe

A metafictional foray into writing and not writing, by a novelist writing what she knows.

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The Warmth of Other Suns

An impassioned history of the Great Migration of black Americans from the rural South to the urban North and West between 1910 and 1970.

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C

Encryption and early 20th-century technology provide the Pynchon-esque atmosphere for this ambitious, adventurous novel.

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Fury

The author of Smashed returns with a second memoir, a diary-like exploration of her angers and their repression.

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Ape House

The author of Water for Elephants returns with a captivating novel about a "lively, witty, warm-hearted and sharp" sextet of bonobos.

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).