Articles by: Heller McAlpin

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Third Time’s the Charm

Third Time’s the Charm

Heller McAlpin returns with her third annual guide to “Charmers” — books that combine substance with immediate pleasure.

Posted by × December 15, 2014 ×

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The Truth’s the Truth: Reading Rebecca West

The Truth’s the Truth: Reading Rebecca West

A writer who faced down love and consequences in fact and in fiction.

Posted by × November 24, 2014 ×

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Some Luck

Some Luck

By JANE SMILEY

The author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Thousand Acres goes back to the farm.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

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The Children Act

The Children Act

By IAN McEWAN

The scales of justice are easily unbalanced in the new novel from the author of Atonement and Saturday.

Posted by × September 8, 2014 ×

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

By HARUKI MURAKAMI; Translated by PHILIP GABRIEL

The author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle returns with a lonely man’s quest for love, beauty, and friendship lost.

Posted by × August 8, 2014 ×

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Lucky Us

Lucky Us

By AMY BLOOM

The 1940s odyssey of two sisters is a tale of maternal abandonment, Hollywood fate, and fortune’s unpredictability.

Posted by × July 28, 2014 ×

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The Arsonist

The Arsonist

By SUE MILLER

Tensions flare in a New Hampshire town swollen by summer residents.

Posted by × June 23, 2014 ×

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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

By FRANCINE PROSE

Espionage, obsession, and betrayal in the demimonde of pre-WWII Paris.

Posted by × May 12, 2014 ×

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Living with a Wild God

Living with a Wild God

By BARBARA EHRENREICH

A tenacious journalist takes up a bold new investigation into the potential existence of divine forces and the mystical nature of faith.

Posted by × April 15, 2014 ×

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Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird

By HELEN OYEYEMI

Ancient stories entwine with twenty-first-century themes in Helen Oyeyemi’s fiction.

Posted by × March 11, 2014 ×

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Eugénie Grandet

Eugénie Grandet

By HONORÉ de BALZAC; Translated by MARION AYTON CRAWFORD

Balzac’s incisive story of wealth, desire, and fraud has never been more timely.

Posted by × February 18, 2014 ×

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Brown Dog

Brown Dog

By JIM HARRISON

The adventures of Jim Harrison’s “wonderful backwoods nitwit” are collected in one rollicking set of linked tales.

Posted by × January 17, 2014 ×

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Charmers Return

Charmers Return

An annual rundown of books as diverting as they are thought-provoking.

Posted by × December 12, 2013 ×

IN THE MARGIN

Culinary Charmers of 2013

Culinary Charmers of 2013

Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.

Posted by × December 12, 2013 ×

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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

By ANN PATCHETT

Compassion is the central theme in these essays from the author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto.

Posted by × November 25, 2013 ×