Displaying articles for: May 2013

On Sal Mal Lane

The Sri Lankan Civil war is creeping up on the residents of quiet and ordinary Sal Mal Lane, who must cope with the rising conflict while trying to preserve their children’s innocence.

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The Son

After an adolescence as a Comanche captive, Eli McCullough – the first boy born in the Republic of Texas – grows up to be an obsessively ambitious patriarch in Philip Meyer's century-spanning western epic.

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My Life

In her prime, Isadora Duncan was the greatest and most avant-garde dancer alive, an openly bisexual Communist, and typically sporting a Grecian tunic.  Her newly reissued 1927 memoir tells the rest of her thrilling story.

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Love Among the Particles

This fantastical collection of short stories is a joyous compendium of characters time-traveling through the annals of literary history -  Mr. Hyde, Henry James, and Huckleberry Finn to name a few.

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Let the Dark Flower Blossom

Twins Eloise and Sheldon had a great idea for a story, until it was stolen.  The deadly lengths writers may go to in order to achieve their original vision are creepily detailed in Norah Labiner’s new novel.

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Happy Money

“Money can’t buy happiness” is one of the oldest clichés around, but what if it’s all about how you use it? Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton give compelling advice on how to get the most pleasure out of your piggy bank.

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The Philadelphia Chromosome

Expounding the well-known link between genetics and cancer, this scientific history recounts the initial discovery of a gene mutation that eventually led to enormous breakthroughs in the fight against leukemia. 

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She Left Me the Gun

Emma Brockes' mother Paula escaped from South Africa with a smuggled pistol and a dark secret.  A daughter unravels her family's covert past -- and a suspenseful legal drama -- in this hard-boiled memoir of survival.

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Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

Expand your memory, puzzle-solving skills, and sense of metaphysical wonder with philosopher Daniel C. Dennett's tasting menu of user-friendly neuroscience and poetic lingual pursuits.

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When the Devil Drives

Thespian-turned-P.I. Jasmine Sharp searches for a missing actress and veteran detective Catherine MacLeod tries to solve the case of a murdered one. Their paths intertwine amid the Scottish theater community with uproarious and gory results. 

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Story of My People

Recounting the struggles and eventual dissolution of a family textile business in Prato, Italy, Story of My People is a heartbreaking memoir about the personal impact of globalization.

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My Struggle, Book Two

A controversial sensation in Norway, A Man in Love is the second book of six in the series, detailing Knausgaard’s separation from his wife, his move to Stolkholm and the dogged pursuit of a mesmerizing poet.

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Minotaur

This newly reissued Cold War classic profiles an Israeli spy obsessed with an English girl half his age, and his attempts to win her love without ever revealing his true identity.

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The Innocence Game

Three Chicago journalism students attend an “innocence” seminar that will teach them how to release the wrongfully accused from prison. But as innocents are jailed, a killer roams free, and the students are next on the hit list.

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Little Green

Walter Mosley's suave detective Easy Rawlins is back among the living after a literal cliffhanger of a car crash, in pursuit of a  LSD-addled boxer roaming Los Angeles, 1967.

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The Peripatetic Coffin

A Russian ship trapped in ice, the first Confederate submarine, and the world's worst summer camp are just three of the settings for Ethan Rutherford's tales of expeditions gone awry.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Flora

A claustrophobic tale of a brazen and imaginative 10-year-old kept in summer isolation with a tenuous caretaker, Flora, during her father’s stint doing secretive World War II work.

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The Family Mansion

Set against a backdrop of slave revolts and yellow fever, Anthony C. Winkler's historical novel delves into Jamaica's little-mentioned past as a former crown colony.

 

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Daily Rituals

Jane Austen wrote her novels while entertaining guests.  Stravinsky stood on his head.  Ben Franklin walked his courtyard nude. Mason Currey profiles these and many more inspiring work habits of geniuses.

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Black Venus

James MacManus diligently recreates French poet Charles Baudelaire’s fiery romance with his “Black Venus” - the Haitian singer who fueled his most notorious work, Les Fleurs du Mal.

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

The last doctor left in a war-torn, snow-buried village in Chechnya hides a young girl from vengeful soldiers in Anthony Marra’s novel of courage and mercy.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Forty-one False Starts

What defines creativity? Janet Malcolm investigates the working lives of artists and writers, from Diane Arbus and J.D. Salinger to Gossip Girl's Cecily von Ziegesar.

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Every Contact Leaves a Trace

Elanor Dymott’s debut novel retraces the rivalries between recently murdered Rachel and her mysterious friends, as husband Alex begins to unravel his wife's secret double life.

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Debtors' Prison

Austerity takes a beating in this biting, statistics-saturated commentary on the history of debt forgiveness and the current state of fiscal crises around the world.

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A Guide to Being Born

This preternatural collection of short stories touches on the stages of life in four parts: birth, gestation, conception and love. Ghosts of Civil War generals, phone sex-crazed families and “love-arms” (fall in love, grow an extra arm) populate these quirky, tender tales.  

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Metaphysical Dog

Frank Bidart’s reflections and meditations on sex, art and the writer’s lonely life. The 72-year-old poet's sparse and candid verse takes no prisoners in this ambitious new collection.

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The Book of Woe

Psychotherapist Gary Greenberg explores the failures and flaws that lie within psychology’s premiere handbook for the classification of mental disorders.

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Cooked

The effects of fire, water, air, and earth upon what we eat are the subject of Michael Pollan's toothsome inquiry into the history of modern food.

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The Whispering Muse

Icelandic fabulist Sjón presents a tale of oddball merchants sailing on the Black Sea, set as a modern retelling of the Argonauts' pursuit of the Golden Fleece.

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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

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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