John Heilemann (left) and Mark Halperin are the authors of Game Change. Heilemann is a writer for New York magazine. Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time magazine.
January 29, 2010 The 2008 presidential election was the longest and most expensive in U.S. history. The campaign is now the subject of a book, Game Change, by two political reporters, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. The book has been making headlines with some of its revelations, but critic John Powers wonders whether that's a good thing.
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January 28, 2010 Author Gail Godwin's novel, Unfinished Desires, spins a tale of love, envy and reckoning at a Catholic girls' school in North Carolina. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says the book is a "spellbinding psychological ghost story, near operatic in intensity."
January 26, 2010 Alice, from Alice In Wonderland, is one of literature's most beloved heroines for restless girl readers and feminist scholars. The new book Alice I Have Been tells the story of Alice Liddell, the child muse for Lewis Carroll's character.
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January 25, 2010 Before either of them were famous, Patti Smith shared a romance and a deep friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Critic Michael Schaub says her new memoir, Just Kids, is a gift to anyone who has ever been touched by their art.
January 22, 2010 When author Simon Mawer wants a piece of Italy that millions of visitors to the country never dream exists, he opens up Eric Newby's novel. Filled with grit and passion so evocative you can smell the air, the story is almost as good as a plane ticket.
January 21, 2010 Martha Woodroof reviews the new novel by Sadie Jones, the author of The Outcast. Small Wars is about the conflict faced by a British couple involved in the "Cyprus Emergency" of the mid-1950s.
January 20, 2010 Rebecca Goldstein's 36 Arguments for the Existence of God is part academic farce and part metaphysical romance. The novel may not settle the question of whether God exists, but it does affirm the phenomenon of literary miracles, says Fresh Air reviewer Maureen Corrigan.
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January 20, 2010 Author P.D. James' newest book is a personal meditation on her chosen genre, a look at its built-in limitations and the heights to which it has climbed in the century and a half since it was invented. Reviewer Jennifer Reese says Talking About Detective Fiction "whets your appetite" to read more.
January 18, 2010 The heroines in the early stories of author Mavis Gallant deal with a reality Gallant herself knew — the freedom, and loneliness, of expatriate life. Those stories have been collected in a new book called The Cost of Living.
January 14, 2010 None of the characters in Fun with Problems, the latest collection from National Book Award-winning author Robert Stone, make it through their story unscathed.
Anne Tyler won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons. Noah's Compass is her 18th novel.
January 13, 2010 At 61 years old, the protagonist of Noah's Compass has lost his teaching job and is settling into a new, smaller apartment, when an act of violence changes his life. Noah's Compass is Tyler's 18th novel.
January 12, 2010 You might think of Alexander McCall Smith's new novel, La's Orchestra Saves the World, as a literary tea biscuit: sweet and easily digestible, says reviewer Heller McAlpin. The WWII-era story, set in rural England, tells the story of a new McCall Smith heroine, Lavender Stone.
January 11, 2010 If you're looking for a certain type of quality introspection on '80s grunge, you won't find it in Neil Strauss' ghostwritten glimpse into Motley Crue. But author Charles Bock wasn't looking for something poignant — he was looking for something real. He found it.
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January 8, 2010 Heller McAlpin reviews Jim Harrison's latest book, a trio of novellas connected by the song "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" by Patsy Cline. McAlpin says Harrison's fiction is rooted in a deep connection with nature and respect for the disenfranchised.
January 7, 2010 ALEC: The Years Have Pants, by Eddie Campbell, collects the artist's comics about his alter ego, in biographical order. Critic Glen Weldon says the massive volume brings notes of sadness to the surface of Campbell's charming stories.
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