October 29, 2008 In the author's third Jackson Brodie mystery, a train crash connects a tangle of characters and crimes. The novel explores the line between protectiveness and violent possessiveness.
October 28, 2008 Film critic David Thomson blends eccentricity and common-sensibility in "Have You Seen...?", his insightful (and sometimes scathing) assessment of 1,000 classic films.
October 27, 2008 Who says road novels have to be about the young? The English Major follows a 60-something teacher as he sets off on a cross-country journey to mend a broken heart — and revive his libido.
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October 27, 2008 Elizabeth McCracken's new memoir, An Exact Replica Of A Figment Of My Imagination, details the devastating loss of the author's stillborn baby. Maureen Corrigan offers a review.
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October 22, 2008 Photographer Jona Frank's portraits of the Patrick Henry College student body reveal a group of kids for whom the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog is the work of sinners and a game of sloppy beer pong immoral.
October 21, 2008 Humorist Elizabeth McCracken explores the landscape of grief in this wrenching, clearsighted memoir of the year that follows a son's death in utero.
October 20, 2008 Where Three Roads Meet, the new novel from British psychologist and fiction writer Sally Vickers, is set in the spring of 1923, and features an invented encounter between the ailing Sigmund Freud and a blind, ancient soothsayer.
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October 20, 2008 Shalom Auslander believes that life is short and silly and probably ought to be treated that way — which is why he keeps a copy of The Groucho Letters on his bedside table.
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October 17, 2008 Ghosts adopt a boy after his parents are murdered. The Graveyard Book may have a macabre premise, but Gaiman's quaint and lovable spooks make this gentle story anything but grave.
October 16, 2008 Home from a long stay in a mental hospital, the hero in Matthew Quick's debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, embarks on a hapless campaign to win back his former wife.
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 15, 2008 People en Español magazine's new book titled Legends en Espanol is a carefully crafted collection showcasing 100 superstars of the 20th century from film and theater to dance and music. They have influenced both Latino culture and mainstream America. Those recognized include Jennifer Lopez, Celia Cruz, Desi Arnaz, and Shakira.
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October 15, 2008 Obsessed — and confounded — by the roller-coaster economy? To help you understand our frazzled financial situation, Laura Conaway offers three books that cover everything from the Great Depression to the "dazzling world of derivatives."
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October 14, 2008 Fossil fuels are damaging our economy and national security, in addition to altering the world's climate. A green revolution, says Thomas Friedman, "is not about the whales." It's a competitive necessity.
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.
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