May 26, 2009 All too often, "summer reading" is synonymous with brainless and poorly constructed novels that leave you unsatisfied. But here are five books that will suit your palate just fine this summer.
May 14, 2009 When New Zealand writer Janet Frame died, she left behind works that were too personal to publish in her lifetime. In Towards Another Summer, Frame writes with such exquisite sensitivity that even this slim story about a weekend holiday is shattering.
May 13, 2009 For those who found Stephen Hawking as clear as a black hole, Christopher Potter's You Are Here offers a friendly, poetic introduction to our current understanding of the big bang, relativity, evolution, life, particle physics and the universe in general.
May 8, 2009 David Selig can read minds. But award-winning science-fiction author Robert Silverberg uses this fantastic premise to plumb-all-too realistic themes of alienation and loss. Dying Inside is an intimate portrait of an unpleasant yet sympathetic character.
April 3, 2009 From the moment Noa met Alek, she was stripped of her dignity, unable to resist him. In Gail Hareven's witty, compelling Confessions of Noa Weber, Noa admits the humiliating details to her daughter in hopes of exorcising the demon.
March 11, 2009 For years, Anna has circled the globe in search of her lost love, the titular Sailor from Gibraltar. With its mix of amour, ennui and endless conversation about both, this nuanced 1952 work by Marguerite Duras is as thrilling as it is cerebral.
February 26, 2009 A dead heroine with a mad scientist husband seeks her own killer in a parallel-universe Spain occupied by U.S. forces. A Pretty Face, by Spanish noir writer Rafael Reig, is anything but an open-and-shut case.
January 27, 2009 Picking up the pieces of his past, a poet searches for the son he was forced to abandon during World War II. This newly republished classic of postwar fiction evokes the period's suffering and sacrifices.
January 5, 2009 Fate is the protagonist in Patricia Ferguson's masterful Peripheral Vision, which examines the effects one unhappy accident has on a constellation of characters.
December 1, 2008 Works of humor, wisdom, supreme originality and stunning ambition top Jessa Crispin's foreign fiction list. Engage the global conversation with these five novels from five countries.
October 15, 2008 Budai boards the wrong plane and finds himself trapped in an unknown country. The comparison to Kafka is apt, but Metropole's Hungarian author Ferenc Karinthy reaches more for comedy than torment.
October 10, 2008 Jamaican-American novelist Michelle Cliff's essays — urgent, stripped of lyrical excess, discomfiting but illuminating — bear witness to a rough life that has shaped a radical, powerful and essential artist.
September 12, 2008 With a baby on the way, Tom's wife begins to act strangely. Is the menace she senses real, or madness? Novel About My Wife is tense and revealing but also surprisingly funny.
September 8, 2008 "This is an improbable but true tale." So beginsThe Lost Spy, Andrew Meier's chronicle of Cy Oggins, an American who spied for Joseph Stalin's secret service — and was probably murdered by the Soviets.
August 18, 2008 Recently reissued, Christopher Priest's 1974 sci-fi classic, Inverted World, tells the story of a city built on rails and in perpetual motion. Jessa Crispin adds up the pieces of Priest's "tightly structured puzzle" and discovers a novel that stands up to the test of time.
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