Displaying articles for: September 2013

The Long Awakening

A journalist recounts her harrowing ordeal during childbirth -- and after.

 

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Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Looking again at the causes and effects of the conflict that reshaped a continent, and history.

 

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Dissident Gardens

The author of Motherless Brooklyn turns his gaze on radicals and red-diaper babies coming of age in Queens.

 

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Five Days at Memorial

In Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, one hospital's isolation produced a nightmare for doctors and their patients.

 

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The System

Passing and receiving college football's triumphs and failures.

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The Maid's Version

The author of Winter's Bone returns to Missouri, to extinguish a mysterious act of Depression-era arson.

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Bleeding Edge

The author of Gravity's Rainbow delivers a portrait of New York gripped by fear both real and virtual.

 

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Wilson

The master orator, Princeton man, and American president, captured in vivid description.

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The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

An epic of spy games, intergenerational abuse, and trickery in the island of Haiti.

 

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MaddAddam

The post-apocalyptic trilogy begun in Oryx and Crake concludes.

 

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A Million Years with You

A famed naturalist turns her adept focus to a new animal: herself.

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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.