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Laura Warholic, or, The Sexual Intellectual

Laura Warholic, or, The Sexual Intellectual

By ALEXANDER THEROUX

The first novel in nearly two decades from a celebrated literary innovator follows a magazine writer’s peculiar obsessions.

Posted by × January 3, 2008 ×

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People of the Book

People of the Book

By Geraldine Brooks

A centuries-old Haggadah provides the linchpin for Geraldine Brooks’s sweeping new novel.

Posted by × January 2, 2008 ×

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Sex, Debt, and Revenge: Balzac’s Cousin Bette

Sex, Debt, and Revenge: Balzac’s Cousin Bette

By MIN JIN LEE

Novelist Min Jin Lee on Balzac’s masterful tale of obsession, Cousin Bette.

Posted by × December 31, 2007 ×

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The Year’s Best Reading (Part Two)

The Year’s Best Reading (Part Two)

Our contributors select the most memorable reading of 2007 — both contemporary and classic (Part Two of Two).

Posted by × December 31, 2007 ×

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The Redbreast

The Redbreast

By JO NESB?

Harry Hole, newly promoted inspector for the Oslo-based national Security Service, is a surly, wounded sort, an emotional wreck. Hole lives alone, drinks too much, and is congenitally unable to relate to his fellow officers, save for his dependable partner, […]

Posted by × December 31, 2007 ×

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Smile When You’re Lying

Smile When You’re Lying

By CHUCK THOMPSON

It’s no shock to hear that writing for travel magazines involves a lot of airbrushing to make things prettier. After all, the industry that publishes them, fueled by advertising, wants readers to fall for every last word and then start […]

Posted by × December 31, 2007 ×

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33 1/3: Greatest Hits, Volume Two

33 1/3: Greatest Hits, Volume Two

Edited by DAVID BARKER

33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 is a sampler of highs and lows from the long-running book series, where music critics riff on their favorite albums. In true rock ‘n’ roll fashion, the 33 1/3 books diverge wildly in terms […]

Posted by × December 31, 2007 ×

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Creole

Creole

By BABETTE DE ROZIERES

Combining Asian, African, and Indian influences with European preparations, creole is the classic fusion cuisine. Babette de RoziŠres, who learned to cook from her grandmother while growing up in Guadeloupe, completes a culinary circle of sorts, bringing the signature food […]

Posted by × December 31, 2007 ×

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Hearts of Darkness

Hearts of Darkness

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

This re-release of Hearts of Darkness (1991), a documentary on the making of Francis Coppola’s legendary Apocalypse Now (released in 1979), affords us unprecedented entry into the filmmaking experience. The boisterous Coppola and his charmingly mild wife, Eleanor, provide (for […]

Posted by × December 31, 2007 ×

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Hotel: An American History

Hotel: An American History

By A. K. SANDOVAL-STRAUSZ

After his inauguration, George Washington embarked on a tour of the United States to bolster support for its fledgling government; sadly, the poor guy could barely find a decent place to rest his head. ?The only Inn short of Hallifax […]

Posted by × December 31, 2007 ×

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The Year’s Best Reading

The Year’s Best Reading

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Our contributors select the most memorable reading of 2007 — both contemporary and classic (Part One of Two).

Posted by × December 28, 2007 ×

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The Letters of E. B. White

The Letters of E. B. White

Originally collected and edited by DOROTHY LOBRANO GUTH Revised and updated by MARTHA WHITE

The life and work of the cherished stylist, illuminated by his correspondence.

Posted by × December 27, 2007 ×

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The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

Selected and Introduced by ROXANA ROBINSON

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

Posted by × December 24, 2007 ×

LIBRARY WITHOUT WALLS

Winter’s Tales

Winter’s Tales

By MICHAEL DIRDA

A host of haunting stories, made to savor by a December fireside.

Posted by × December 24, 2007 ×

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The Genetic Strand

The Genetic Strand

By EDWARD BALL

In his 1998 National Book Award winner Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball examined the legacy of his southern clan?s slaveowning past. The Genetic Strand is also an exploration of Ball?s ancestry, this time employing cutting-edge biology. After acquiring an […]

Posted by × December 24, 2007 ×