Displaying articles for: September 2009

Beg, Borrow, and Steal: A Writer’s Life

The author of Hurry Down Sunshine and the acclaimed “Freelance” columnist for the Times Literary Supplement revises his life for publication. Read more...

Anathem

A society of scientist-monks is at the heart of the latest saga from the author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle. Now in paperback. Read more...

Antoine’s Alphabet

An investigation into the imagination and achievement of the acclaimed critic's favorite painter, Antoine Watteau, the enigmatic "master of silken surfaces and elusive emotions" who died in 1721 at the age of 36. Perl’s beautiful composed "alphabet" deftly combines admiration and analysis. Now in paperback. Read more...

Samuel Johnson: Selected Writings

What makes the good doctor such good medicine? Find out in this superb selection from his voluminous wisdom. Read more...

Samuel Johnson

This September marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Johnson, and the tricentenary has seen the publication of another small shelf of biographies of this essential yet enigmatic figure in English literature. DON’T OPEN ANY OF THEM until you have read W. Jackson Bate’s 1975 life, one of most satisfying, absorbing, and inspiring biographies ever written. Read more...

The Map as Art

From the author of the exhilaratingly engaging You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination comes another alluring, and absorbing volume, which collects 360 colorful cartographic visions by artists such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Maira Kalman, Olafur Eliasson, and many more. Entrancing. Read more...

The Sisters of Sinai

At the tail end of the 19th century, two sisters -- identical twins from Scotland -- discovered a palimpsest that revealed the earliest known copies of the Gospels. The story of their scriptural revelation, and their remarkable lives, is told herein. Read more...

Home Boy

A trio of Pakistani youths in and out of Manhattan before and after 9/11. A fast-paced, refreshingly original debut on the pleasures, perils, and shifting boundaries of cosmopolitanism. Read more...

Prince Valiant

Arguably the apex of the art that graced the Golden Age of newspaper comic strips, Hal Foster’s populist masterwork is here gloriously restored. Read more...

The Magicians

Fantasy comes of age in this tale of spell-casters in a Narnia-inspired world. Our reviewer, Jane Ciabattari, writes: "Time magazine senior book critic and Nerd World blog regular Lev Grossman's impeccably timed new fantasy novel [is] aimed at grown-ups who love J. K. Rowling's bewitching tales." Read more...

Strength in What Remains

The author of Mountains Beyond Mountains traces one man's journey from war-torn Burundi to the U.S., and back again, with characteristic concentration and sympathy. Read more...

The Class

Troublesome French teenagers and their patient teacher: winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Read more...

Stitches: A Memoir

An award-winning children’s book illustrator shares his dark childhood in a revelatory and redemptive graphic tale. Teens and older. Read more...

Bloodroot

One of best new talents in the mystery and suspense delivers on the promise of his debut, Fresh Kills. Read more...

The Tempest

An ambitious Shakespearean opera from the most acclaimed and important British composer since Britten and Birtwistle. Read more...

The Lion and the Mouse

Transposing Aesop’s classic fable to the Serengeti, Jerry Pinkney retells it almost wordlessly in sweeping watercolor paintings. All ages. Read more...

Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451

A loving and skilful effort to translate the perfection of Bradbury’s masterpiece into the graphic novel form. Read more...

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

You’re not far into the first track on the new album by the man Bob Dylan once called the best poet in America before the master's serene soulfulness works its magic once again. Read more...

Breathing Water

Hallinan’s third -- and best -- thriller featuring travel writer Poke Rafferty, an American abroad in Bangkok with a Thai wife and an adopted daughter Read more...

The Stone Child

Eddie’s family moves to a spooky new town from which a famous horror writer disappeared mysteriously thirteen years ago. Just right for kids looking for the next scary story. A wonderful chapter book for readers 10+. Read more...

The Adderall Diaries

An attempt to delve into an enigmatic murder case yields a book that deliberately clouds the border between memoir and fiction. Read more...

A Paradise Built in Hell

Focusing on five great disasters, Rebecca Solnit (River of Shadows) finds in the debris of earthquakes, explosions, and hurricanes the most fateful flowerings of the human spirit. Read more...

Lady of Scandal

A delicious tale of revenge gone awry: a family enemy forces Miss Victoria Ashton to live with him for a year -- until his revenge becomes her seduction! Read more...

The Magician's Elephant

The great Kate returns with a lyrical and original fairy tale in which a fortune-teller advises a boy to follow an elephant to find his lost sister. A story of faith and hope for both children and grown-ups. 8+ 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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