Displaying articles for: September 2011

Lost Memory of Skin

The author of The Sweet Hereafter and Cloudsplitter tells the story of an American outcast.

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River of Smoke

The Opium Wars bring new trials—and fresh adventures—to the cast of characters introduced in the rollicking Sea of Poppies.

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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

The eventful life—and surprising legacy—of the original movie dog.

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The Rockets' Red Glare

A new history of "the Rodney Dangerfield of America's wars."

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In a Land of Silence

A heartbreaking report on resistance and graffiti from Libya, courtesy of Granta.

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Last Man in Tower

The Booker Prize-winning author tells the story of a Mumbai apartment building where all the residents want to sell—except one.

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Destiny of the Republic

The little-known story of the shooting of the twentieth president, and its aftermath.

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A Man of Parts

A fictional portrait of H.G. Wells reveals a thinker whose exploits on paper were rivalled by his exploits in the bedroom.

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Maphead

The Jeopardy! champion shares his love of all things geographical.

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The Night Circus

An immersive traveling performance and a duel between secretive enchanters combine in this tale of dreamlike suspense.

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Driving Home: An American Journey

An Englishman transplanted to the American Northwest brings a unique perspective to familiar themes in this wide-reaching, satisfying collection of essays. 

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The Unexamined Orwell

Scholars have pored over his writing, but the life of the author of 1984 and Animal Farm remains mysterious.

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Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution

The elusive private life of the man whose ideas transformed the world.

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Trackers

The smuggling of a rare animal embroils a South African bodyguard in an even wilder intrigue.

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The Other Socrates

The founder of philosophy is usually seen through Plato's eyes.   But Socrates had other interpreters, too.

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You Deserve Nothing

A teacher devoted to his students becomes the object of more than academic interest.

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.