Reviews & Essays

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

On God: An Uncommon Conversation

On God: An Uncommon Conversation

By NORMAN MAILER

James Parker on the late author’s ambitious finale: a book-length conversation about the divine.

Posted by × November 19, 2007 ×

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Rogue Male

Rogue Male

By GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD

Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male is one of the great, heart-imperiling suspense stories of all time, and yet –does it bump off all its admirers? — it seems to be forever going out of print. Now this truly literate thriller, whose […]

Posted by × November 19, 2007 ×

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The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

by LAURA SCHENONE

As any Italian-American worth his or her ravioli recipe knows: food and family go together like . . . life itself. Laura Schenone, a James Beard Award-winning food writer, here explores the vital intersection of pasta and parenthood in her […]

Posted by × November 19, 2007 ×

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Classics for Pleasure

Classics for Pleasure

By MICHAEL DIRDA

Washington Post book critic and Pultizer Prize winner states his intention plainly: he wants to introduce readers to great works of literature that will give them pleasure. And in his aptly titled new book he does so with great gusto […]

Posted by × November 19, 2007 ×

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Beethoven: Complete Works

Beethoven: Complete Works

What a deal: the complete works of Beethoven on 85 CDs, for a list price of $140. That’s $1.65 per disc, or about a quarter an opus, all contained in a sturdy cardboard carton the size of a shoebox. Lift […]

Posted by × November 19, 2007 ×

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Flying to America: 48 More Stories

Flying to America: 48 More Stories

By DONALD BARTHELME

A new volume offers previously uncollected work from the celebrated fabulist.

Posted by × November 16, 2007 ×

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Touch and Go: A Memoir

Touch and Go: A Memoir

By STUDS TERKEL

The famous oral historian turns the microphone on himself.

Posted by × November 15, 2007 ×

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Ethel’s Turn

Ethel’s Turn

BRASS DIVA: THE LIFE AND LEGENDS OF ETHEL MERMAN and ETHEL MERMAN: A LIFE

Two new biographies explore a Broadway legend’s life, onstage and off.

Posted by × November 14, 2007 ×

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Gomorrah

Gomorrah

By ROBERTO SAVIANO

A crusading Italian journalist traces the web of corruption that ensnares a city.

Posted by × November 13, 2007 ×

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The Great Funk: <BR>Falling Apart and Coming Together <BR>(on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies

The Great Funk: <BR>Falling Apart and Coming Together <BR>(on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies

By THOMAS HINE

In his 1986 book of the same name, cultural critic Thomas Hine invented the word “populuxe,” — now widely used by others — to describe the aesthetic the ’50s. Twenty years later, he gives the same treatment to the ’70s, […]

Posted by × November 12, 2007 ×

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A Time to Keep Silence

A Time to Keep Silence

By PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR

Brooke Allen on Patrick Leigh Fermor’s glorious prose and monastic sojourns.

Posted by × November 12, 2007 ×

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The Science of Leonardo

The Science of Leonardo

By FRTIJOF CAPRA

Much as Harold Bloom discerned the roots of our modern sensibilities in the figure of a single phenomenal writer in his study Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), so too does Fritjof Capra, author of the classic The Tao […]

Posted by × November 12, 2007 ×

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Two Histories of England

Two Histories of England

By JANE AUSTEN and CHARLES DICKENS

Henry the 4th ascended the throne of England much to his own satisfaction in the year 1399, after having prevailed upon his cousin & predecessor Richard the 2nd to resign it to him, & to retire for the rest of […]

Posted by × November 12, 2007 ×

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Axis

Axis

By ROBERT CHARLES WILSON

The ambitious trilogy about an alien intervention in human history continues with the settling of a new world.

Posted by × November 12, 2007 ×

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Help!

Help!

The Beatles’ first movie, the black and white masterpiece A Hard Day’s Night (1964), captured the young rockers at their playfully anarchic best. And they quickly followed it up with another carefree romp, Help! (1965), this time in full-blast pop […]

Posted by × November 12, 2007 ×