January 29, 2009 Interviews from the influential journal tease out the triumphs and struggles of literary giants, including Norman Mailer, Ralph Ellison and Joyce Carol Oates.
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 23, 2009 Co-written by Joss Whedon, the Buffy comic series picks up where the TV show ended, with Buffy leading a horde of supergirl slayers. Wolves at the Gate flirts with bisexuality while offering the series' signature blend of earnestness and camp.
January 22, 2009 Bright Young People tells the story of how the tabloid press in 1920s London conspired with a self-mythologizing circle of gilded partygoers to create the first set of celebrities famous, in our modern sense, for being famous.
January 14, 2009 In American Buffalo, Steven Rinella traces the scientific and cultural history of an American icon even as he hunts one of the surviving animals across Alaska with little more than a compass, rifle, bone saw and knife.
January 13, 2009 The ABC series Lost may focus on a mystical island, but it's also about larger themes like religious faith and the importance of community — the stuff of memorable novels.
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January 12, 2009 Social scientist Luke Bergmann put himself in the story when he moved to Detroit to study the underground drug economy. The risk was worth it: Getting Ghost provides an eye-opening portrait of a dark, alternative world hidden in plain site.
January 8, 2009 Novelist Jonathan Lethem's retelling adds a post-modern twist to the mysterious superhero series Omega the Unknown, which introduced 1970s comic readers to a world of Borgesian paranoia.
January 6, 2009 In her journals, Susan Sontag exhibits the fierce intelligence that distinguishes her work — along with a vulnerability that may surprise. The result is an absorbing chronicle of emotional and intellectual self-discovery.
January 6, 2009 Maureen Corrigan reviews Jayne Anne Phillips' Lark & Termite, a novel that weaves together the story of an American soldier fighting (and dying) in Korea in 1950, with that of his family struggling with their loss nine years later.
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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 23, 2008 Over 30 years ago, Midwestern writer David Rhodes published three much-praised novels in quick succession. But he went silent after a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed. Now he has published a new book: Driftless.
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December 9, 2008 Two new novels explore the consequences of a personified Death who fails to perform expected duties. Jonathan Carroll's The Ghost in Love focuses on an individual saved from Death, while Jose Saramago's Death with Interruptions examines an entire nation.
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December 8, 2008 The title character of Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge is a confused and vindictive wife and mother in a small town on the coast of Maine. She's not at all likable — but that doesn't mean Melissa Bank doesn't love her.
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December 1, 2008 Ann Patchett first read The Ambassadors — that notoriously opaque Henry James novel — at the suggestion of a good friend. Little did she know she was about to discover "the literary equivalent of a religious text."
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