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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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.