Articles by: Melissa H. Pierson

FICTION

The Laughing Monsters

The Laughing Monsters

By DENIS JOHNSON

An American operative goes missing in Africa in a thriller from the author of Tree of Smoke.

Posted by × November 4, 2014 ×

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J: A Novel

J: A Novel

By HOWARD JACOBSON

The Booker Prize–winning author creates a vision of tomorrow eerily haunted by Melville’s white whale.

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×

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The Organized Mind

The Organized Mind

By DANIEL J. LEVITIN

Don’t try to do anything else while you read this.

Posted by × September 3, 2014 ×

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

By RICHARD FLANAGAN

A WWII prisoner of war’s poetic quest is a love story and soldier’s saga that “dares the big revelation.”

Posted by × August 25, 2014 ×

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Unruly Places

Unruly Places

By ALASTAIR BONNETT

The challenge — and delight — of searching for undiscovered territories in the age of Google Earth.

Posted by × August 4, 2014 ×

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American Innovations

American Innovations

By RIVKA GALCHEN

A new collection of short stories plays narrative games for high stakes.

Posted by × May 22, 2014 ×

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All Our Names

All Our Names

By DINAW MENGESTU

American reinvention meets African revolution in the tale of a friendship and its aftermath.

Posted by × March 10, 2014 ×

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The Death Class

The Death Class

By ERIKA HAYASAKI

How one professor helps students who’ve faced death understand what it means.

Posted by × January 15, 2014 ×

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The Bully Pulpit

The Bully Pulpit

by DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN

The political battles and journalistic triumphs of the Progressive Era have never looked so timely.

Posted by × November 18, 2013 ×

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Book of Ages

Book of Ages

By JILL LEPORE

She was the beloved sibling and correspondent of one of our nation’s founders. Why haven’t we heard the voice of Jane Franklin?

Posted by × October 4, 2013 ×

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I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

By HOWARD NORMAN

A writer’s life in  five essays that evidence the tools of the novelist.

Posted by × August 8, 2013 ×

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American Gun

American Gun

By CHRIS KYLE with WILLIAM DOYLE

The late author of American Sniper saw weapons at the heart of our national experience.

Posted by × June 5, 2013 ×

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Give Me Everything You Have

Give Me Everything You Have

By JAMES LASDUN

A writer becomes the target of a student’s destructive obsession.

Posted by × February 11, 2013 ×

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Hallucinations

Hallucinations

By OLIVER SACKS

The world inside can seem realer than any other.

Posted by × November 21, 2012 ×

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True Believers: A Novel

True Believers: A Novel

By KURT ANDERSEN

A sixties radical confronts the twenty-first century.

Posted by × July 10, 2012 ×