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 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.