Displaying articles for: October 2009

Nothing to Be Frightened Of

The accomplished novelist’s memoir of mortality. Now in paperback. Read our review. Read more...

What the Dog Saw

A surprising cast of characters --the inventor of the birth control pill; the king of kitchen gadgets, Ron Popeil; soft-spoken canine wizard Cesar Millan -- animates this collection of journalistic adventures from the author of The Tipping Point and Blink. Read more...

The Canterbury Tales

Some of the greatest characters and stories in English are rescued from their Middle English exile in Peter Ackroyd's sprightly modern rendering of Chaucer’s 14th-century masterwork. Read more...

Thelonious Monk : The Life and Times of an American Original

An illuminating biography of one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in jazz history -- "Misterioso" indeed. Read more...

Indignation

Roth's short novel of campus life in the 1950s in the shadow of the Korean War. Now in paperback.  Read our interview with the author. Read more...

The Encyclopedia of Pasta

The history, geography, and family lore of pasta, collected by an Italian food authority whose researches into the many shapes the blessed foodstuff takes -- from abissini and agnellotti to zagarelle, ziti, and zziridd’ -- combines storytelling, scholarship, and recipes into a delicious compendium. Read more...

Tempt Me at Twilight

Lisa Kleypas at her finest: do not miss this delicious, sweet, sexy treat about a bold man who decides on first sight to claim a young lady as his wife -- no matter what he has to do to get her! Read more...

The Book of Codes

A bevy of specialists contribute to this illustrated encyclopedia that surveys the history and development of code-making and code-breaking in many aspects of culture and society. Read more...

Liquid Memory: Why Wine Matters

The director of the film Mondovino here takes us around the world in a celebration of terroir -- the earthbound expression of wine’s ethereal soul. Read more...

Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By

A witty illustrated guide to disappearing objects, and ideas, from privacy and cash to blind dates and -- yikes! -- books. Read more...

The Cost of Living

Early and uncollected short stories by a master of the form. Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri. Read more...

Logicomix

A graphic novel about Bertrand Russell and his search for mathematical certainty? Really? Yes. And not only that, but a dramatic, engaging, and absorbing graphic novel on that theme. This witty narrative of Russell’s pursuit of philosophical truth (and other not-so-metaphysical pleasures) instructs and delights in equal measure. With a special appearance by that riveting character actor, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Read more...

According to Jane

Jane Austen meets Date.com! If the ghost of a great writer took up residence in your brain, what do you suppose her dating advice might look like? Fresh, original, and lots of fun. Read more...

It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages

A laugh-out-loud look at the life of a second grade teacher from public school in NYC. Find out what your kid's elementary school teacher is thinking and would never, ever say aloud. Read more...

A New Literary History of America

An innovative recipe book of the imagination, with scores of brief and often brilliant essays by a wide range of contributors, exploring the provenance and flavors of cornucopia of ingredients... Read more...

Poem Strip

A graphic novel from the 1960s, drawn and written by one of the too-little-known geniuses of modern Italian letters, author of The Tartar Steppe and Catastrophe and Other Stories. Read more...

Wagon Master

One of Ford’s most satisfying Westerns, this genial film follows the adventures of a Mormon wagon train, headed by Ward Bond, on its way to Utah. Read more...

Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A to Z

An entertaining, wide-ranging, encyclopedic passage through the life, mind, ideas, and influence of Charles Darwin. Packed with essays and illustrations. Read more...

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

Acclaimed novelist Paul Theroux is equally famous for his travel writing. In his latest eloquent and entertaining account of a journey, he retraces the tracks of the vast excursion he described in The Great Railway Bazaar more than thirty years ago, and marks the changes in sites and seer. Now in paperback. Read more...

Giordano Bruno: Philosopher /Heretic

A pioneering life of the legendary thinker who influenced the thought of Galileo and Shakespeare -- and was burned at the stake as heretic in 1600 in Rome's Campo dei Fiori. Now in paperback. Read more...

The Strangest Man

The life of Paul Dirac, “Mystic of the Atom”: the story of a mind that leapt over the mysteries of physics, and a soul tormented by visions. Read more...

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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

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