Displaying articles for: March 2010

Devils in Exile

A new Boston-set crime novel from the co-author (with Guillermo del Toro) of The Strain. Read more...

He Crashed Me So I Crashed Him Back

Sports Illustrated writer Mark Bechtel covered NASCAR for the magazine for nearly a decade. His book tells the story of the sport's emergence, beginning with a dramatic telecast of the Daytona 500 in February 1979. With a terrific cast of characters -- Bobby and Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, A. J. Foyt -- and lots of fast cars! Read more...

The Poisoner’s Handbook

How forensic science came of age in Jazz Age New York. Praising Blum's "extraordinary narrative alchemy", our columnist Sarah Weinman calls it "an unexpected yet appropriate open-sesame into a world that was planting seeds for the world -- with lethal toxins and cutting-edge tools -- that would later, darkly bloom." Read more...

The Museum of Eterna’s Novel

A welcome new translation of an ingeniously constructed fiction by a neglected Latin American master. The work of the Argentinian Fernandez (1874-1952), seen as an influence of Jorge Luis Borges, is held in the highest esteem in his native land. Read more...

For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus

The acclaimed cultural history illuminates a turbulent and telling period in French history. Read more...

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The fascinating and moving story of a woman's biological legacy is one of the most deservedly acclaimed books of the year. Our reviewer, Jerry Coyne, calls it, "a modern classic of science writing. . . . [Skloot's] mixture of science and biography is sui generis, and its themes profound: racism, ethics, and scientific illiteracy." Read more...

Silk Parachute

The inimitable McPhee returns with this collection of ten pieces, which range in subject from a toy silk parachute, lacrosse, weird foods, geology, and the U.S. Open golf championship. Read more...

Winterland

The rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger provides the background as a persistent young Dublin woman investigates the seemingly coincidental deaths of two relatives bearing the same name. Read more...

The Hypchondriacs

Eminent hypochondriacs -- Charlotte Brontë, James Boswell, Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Daniel Paul Schreber, Marcel Proust, Alice James, Glenn Gould, and Andy Warhol -- examined with care by a thoughtful writer. Read more...

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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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