September 10, 2008 A compendium of fun facts that reads like an epic prose poem, the 1944 Names on the Land has just been reissued. This absorbing work of scholarship earns its status as a classic.
August 28, 2008 A comic thriller composed with literary refinement and an ear for wordplay, Adam Davies' Mine All Mine bounces through a world of objets d'art and tranquilizer darts.
August 11, 2008 Equal parts thriller, travelogue and literary puzzle, Hotel Crystal is The Bourne Identity by way of Borges.
July 18, 2008 British restaurant critic Jay Rayner samples the sushi, the camel, and — to his mother's dismay — the blowfish on his trot around the globe. Critic Troy Patterson took big bites, too, and found Rayner's book flavorful.
June 23, 2008 There are very few novelists with Paul Beatty's swinging sense of play. His latest novel, Slumberland, is a sui generis piece of heartfelt absurdism. Troy Patterson recommends readers give it a spin.
November 27, 2006 Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera launched its international service in English earlier this month. It hasn't found a home on U.S. television -- no U.S. cable company or major satellite provider carries it -- but you can watch it online.
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