Displaying articles for: September 2013

Man Alive!

In this quirky and insightful novel, a pediatric psychiatrist’s life – and those of his patients – is changed forever when he is struck by lightning and becomes obsessed with barbecuing.

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Slimed!

This "oral history of Nickelodeon's golden age" will be a rousing dose of nostalgia for some, and a fascinating look into the modern era of children's television for all. 

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A House in the Sky

The complex and inspiring ordeal of journalist Amanda Lindhout, held captive in Somalia by terrorists for an nightmarish eighteen months.

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Duplex

This surreal novel from Kathryn Davis profiles two suburban children attempting to escape the black hole of a regimented and sheltered existence – and finding the way out as circuitous and strange as their own impending maturity.

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Empty Mansions

Discover why 104 year old reclusive heiress Huguette Clark - at the center of a heated battle over a Gilded Age industrialist's estate and $300 million inheritance - was for decades a hermit entirely removed from the outside world.

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Sightlines

From whale watches to trips to view Aurora Borealis from the Arctic Circle, naturalist Kathleen Jamie pursues science writing with an adventurer's pace and the storytelling of a sharp dramaticist. 

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A Mysterious Something in the Light

Drawing on British and American archives and previously unpublished letters, this definitive biography of Raymond Chandler sheds new light on the hard-boiled writer’s colorful, sometimes troubled existence.

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A Land Without Sin

A wartime photographer searches for her missing brother in the jungles of southern Mexico in this intriguing novel in the vein of Joseph Conrad.

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Bird

A fresh look at the tragic life of one of America’s jazz treasures that gives special focus to the complicated man behind the music.

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The Facades

A popular opera singer vanishes in a depressed Midwest city, where her timid husband must descend into an underworld of defiant librarians, crazed architects, and apocalypse fanatics to find her.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Hothouse

Boris Kachka's thoughtful insider look at the publishing giant Farrar, Straus & Giroux is replete with toe-curling tales of the eponymous owners’ office antics, as well as their pugnacious battles for their authors and books.

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The United States of Paranoia

An engaging and bizarre history of America’s most notorious conspiracy theories, from the suspicious assassination attempt of President Andrew Jackson to the panicked Red Scare of the mid-20th century.

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The Gamal

A group of Irish adolescents keeps a terrible secret of their tiny, claustrophobic village in this inventive novel in the vein of J.D. Salinger.

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Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives

Crime fiction expert Sarah Weinman collars fourteen groundbreaking and gripping tales of domestic suspense by women.  You may know Patricia Highsmith and Shirley Jackson, but here's your chance to rediscover Margaret Millar, Helen Nielsen, and other pioneering explorers of obsession, vengeance, lust and greed.

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Burial Rites

In Hannah Kent's stark debut, Icelandic murderer Agnes awaits execution on a family's remote farm, and finds redemption in revealing her complex reasons for killing her former master.

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Singing School

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's fun guide to analyzing verse strays from rules and theories, instead focusing on "listening" to the rhythms of past greats, from John Keats and Emily Dickinson to Allen Ginsberg and Mina Loy.

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The Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien

Fans of the late Irish modernist get a compact treat in this comprehensive collection of O’Brien’s short stories, that also includes his final, incomplete novel and other unpublished work.

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My 1980s and Other Essays

Cultural critic and gay icon Wayne Koestenbaum’s collection of essays and personal anecdotes is a witty and passionate look at the history and future of intellectualism in America.

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Ninety Percent of Everything

The maritime industry might look to the casual observer to be a dinosaur in a dying arena, yet as Rose George reveals in this illuminating history, the business of freight shipping is alive and well and extremely necessary to our modern survival. 

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Love in the Time of Global Warming

After floodwaters snatch away her entire family from their Los Angeles home, 17-year-old Penelope must navigate an underwater fantasy world to retrieve them in this engaging tale of a teenage Odysseus.

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Human Chain

The final poetry collection from Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) is a triumphant swan song, making its way from the dark underworld of Virgil's Aeneid to the kitchen of Heaney's rural Irish childhood.

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Buck

A searing memoir of a Zimbabwean boy growing up on the streets of North Philadelphia, struggling with drugs and an absent father before discovering his singular purpose.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Sweet Thunder

The beloved rogue charmer Morrie Morgan returns in a new adventure of greed, deception and redemption in turn-of-the-century Montana, from a true master of Western fiction.

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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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