Displaying articles for: January 2010

Blacklands

A chilling psychological tale that doles out horrifying twists after a twelve-year-old boy sets up a secret correspondence with the serial killer responsible for his older brother's death. Read more...

Granta 109

Colum McCann, Julian Barnes, Salman Rushdie, Kent Haruf, Jim Crace, Aminatta Forna and others crowd between the covers of this Granta issue focused on the theme of "Work." Read more...

A Reliable Wife

Reviewing the hardcover edition, Veronique de Turenne wrote: “What starts as a brooding tale of trickery and betrayal is, in fact, a meditation on loneliness. It has roots that reach far beyond the frigid Wisconsin landscape where the tale is set, to suck their sustenance from the personal torment of Goolrick’s own southern Gothic past. . . the ending [is] an unexpected moment of hope which gives the characters, and one imagines, Goolrick himself, a final -- or is it first? -- chance for love.” Now in paperback, and at the top of the bestseller list. Read our review. Read more...

Going Bovine

A sixteen-year-old male finds himself diagnosed with a fatal illness. The prescription? Road trip! Think the humor of Fast Times at Ridgemont Highcombined with the surreal wonders of The Wizard of Oz. 13 and up. Read more...

Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life

This examination of what remains of the Führer’s collection -- from works by Fichte and Henry Ford to The Art of Becoming a Speaker in Few Hours -- is fascinating. Now in paperback. Read more...

A Jury of Her Peers

A savvy, insightful landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000. Now in paperback. Read our review. Read more...

Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II

From the end of the Empire to the dawn of a messy new millennium, Wilson charts the half century of the second Elizabethan era with sharp wit and sweeping opinions. Read more...

A Good Talk

I know Dan Menaker. Dan Menaker’s a friend of mine. And if you’re going to listen to anybody explain the “story and skill of conversation,” you’ll find nobody better than the fabled editor (The New Yorker, Random House): he’s smart, funny, insightful, and more than the sum of those parts. In short, he’s good company. Read more...

From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

“What is time?” Saint Augustine asked. “If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I have to explain it, I don’t.” In this highly anticipated volume, Carroll, a Caltech theoretical physicist and inspired blogger at Cosmic Variance, follows the arrow of time towards a scientific answer to such saintly bewilderment. Read more...

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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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