Displaying articles for: June 2013

Darkness Sticks to Everything

A Minnesotan treasure, Tom Hennen has stayed under the national poetic radar until now, with the release of this earthy, exuberant collection of quiet lives, enduring seasons and pastoral humility. 

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The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories

Paired with the oddball, ingenious illustrations of Edward Gorey, this collection of Saki’s best stories follows the hypocritical exploits of the Victorian upper-class, and the cunning children who rebel against them.

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The Dark Road

Ma Jian’s searing work centers around China’s notorious one-child policy, depicting a rural family who becomes pregnant with their second child and must go on the run to retain the most basic of human rights.

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Sisterland

From the author of Prep comes a tale of psychic twin sisters who survive one brutal earthquake, only to forecast another on the horizon: a disaster which will force them to confront their troubled pasts and visionary minds.

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Lexicon

At a covert school specializing in the art of coercion, a band of outsiders train to become "poets": seducers fit to brand language as a weapon of mind control.  But verbiage soon turns violent, in Max Barry's addictive avant-garde thriller.

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The Center of the World

A controversial 19th-century painting of Helen of Troy traverses the centuries between its storied British creator, J.M.W. Turner, and an art dealer in mid-life crisis whose banal existence is transformed by the tableau.

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Electrico W

This Homerian novel portrays two journalists wandering around Lisbon as they gear up to cover the trial of a notorious serial killer, discovering the city’s - and each other’s - dark secrets in the process.

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The Astronaut Wives Club

This touching history recounts the enduring bonds between Annie Glenn, Trudy Cooper and other wives of the storied astronauts of the 1960s.

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In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

Matt Bell’s fantastical debut profiles hopeful parents-to-be settling into the eponymous dwelling – only to find that the wildlife surrounding them is not what it seems in this bizarre fairy tale for adults.

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Black Star Nairobi

Kenya’s preeminent detectives Ishmael and Odhiambo investigate Al-Qaeda and CIA connections to a mysterious local bombing, in this heart-pounding sequel to Nairobi Heat.

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Big Brother

This emotionally taut novel of family dynamics and the limits of sacrifice presents a woman on the verge of giving up everything -- including her marriage -- to help her impassive brother fight his obesity.

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Note to Self

Caught between jobs, a young woman becomes an assistant to a filmmaker chronicling people’s failed ambitions in Alina Simone's sharp meditation on internet addiction, celebrity worship, and digital narcissism. 

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The New York Review Abroad

This new collection of some of the best of overseas reportage includes articles from Joan Didion, Tim Judah and Susan Sontag, with topics ranging from impromptu theater in conflict-ridden Sarajevo to a gravediggers’ strike in Liverpool. 

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Hour of the Red God

In this searing African crime novel, former Maasai warrior Detective Mollel must defy a corrupt Nairobi government to solve the case of a murdered tribe woman.

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The Wonder Bread Summer

This Tarantino-esque thriller finds shop girl Allie and a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine on the run from a vindictive hit man - after she discovers her dress shop is a front for a narcotics ring.

 

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The Redeemer

Christmas caroling turns deadly in this new Scandinavian thriller, where detective Harry Hole must travel from Oslo to former Yugoslavia to track the perp of the holiday homicide. 

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The Difficulty of Being

Jean Cocteau played many roles in his long life – poet, novelist, filmmaker – all while keeping company with artistic giants like Proust, Picasso, and Stravinsky.  His illuminating memoir explores the joys – and pains – that come with a richly creative mind. 

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

In Depression-era Florida, young Thea oversteps the boundaries of propriety and is sent away to an all-girls camp in North Carolina to be made into a “lady,” in this wry novel of rarefied suspense.

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Super Boys

Just in time for Superman’s 75th birthday and new feature film, this riveting biography tells the story of two ordinary Canadian reporters who created the ubiquitous Man of Steel.

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The Last Summer of the Camperdowns

Dripping with Gatsby-esque tragedy, this story of a wealthy family’s annual pilgrimage to Cape Cod mixes malcontents and murder in a raucous cocktail. 

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Walking the Way

Taoism, the study of yin and yang, has been around since the six century B.C., but psychologist Robert Rosenbaum creates a fresh take on Zen living with thoughtful anecdotes and insights.

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The Hanging Garden

White’s posthumous, unfinished novel of adolescence in wartime follows a Greek refugee en route to Australia who crosses paths with a British boy coming of age in post-Blitz London.

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Dreadful

This literary biography follows John Horne Burns, a briefly successful 1940s novelist who led an unconventional life during the age of conformity, with his Irish Catholic roots and sexuality clashing in wondrous and tragic ways.

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Rosemary is six when her older sister Fern mysteriously leaves the family.  In time, a shocking revelation exposes Fern’s true identity - and reasons for departure.

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The Shining Girls

A Depression-era serial killer has found the perfect weapon: a wormhole that allows him to stalk women through multiple decades.  But when a 21st-century victim survives his attack, a time-traveling manhunt begins.

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The Art Forger

Adroit young painter Claire Roth is enlisted by thieves to forge a stolen Degas masterpiece, which may itself be a fake after all, in B.A. Shapiro's intricate art world confidential.    

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The School for Good and Evil

Students graduate from this preternatural school to become either “good” or “evil” characters in fairy tales. But happily ever after is jeopardized when two girls are placed on the wrong career paths.

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Transit

Anna Seghers's reissued 1942 masterpiece about a concentration camp escapee muses on the trials of the refugee – specifically, the unexpected boredom that occurs while waiting for freedom.

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The Girls of Atomic City

The Manhattan Project was a secret uranium program of World War II - so secret, in fact, the women working on it had no idea of its true purpose. These unique Rosie the Riveters are profiled in this fascinating history.

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On Wheels

It was love at first sight between Michael Holroyd and his family’s eight-horsepower Ford.  This essay collection details a lifelong seesaw romance with the ubiquitous automobile. 

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

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