December 28, 2010 Jose Saramago tells the grim tale of a city devastated by an epidemic of blindness. Myla Goldberg says Saramago vividly illustrates disaster's potential to bring out both the best and the worst in people.
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December 28, 2010 In her recent collection of essays, Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat takes readers beyond the rubble, on a journey of history, culture and healing.
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December 23, 2010 As recent college grads, everything seems possible ... but nothing feels certain. Hannah Levintova recommends three works that will help pull you out of your twentysomething rut.
December 20, 2010 Anjanette Delgado has had it with the self-assured smugness of old-school detectives. She recommends three tales celebrating amateur sleuths — a clerk, a captain and an 11-year-old girl — as they fumble through their newfound detective duties.
December 11, 2010 In a new biography of 1890s sexual activist Ida C. Craddock, Heaven's Bride, professor Leigh Eric Schmidt brings to light the life of the little-known "mystic, martyr, and madwoman."
December 10, 2010 Crosley says the novel by Irvine Welsh — also the author of Trainspotting — aces every category of "dirty" we have. Reading it, she explains, is like watching "a rusty car careen into a garbage dump of filthy phonetics and explode into a strangely beautiful ball of flames."
December 9, 2010 Neurologist Oliver Sacks' earliest and fondest memories are of fire — the coal fires of his childhood home, Hanukkah candles. Today he deals more with the firing of neurons, but he still gets his fix through flame-inspired literature like Hazel Rossotti's Fire, about the culture and science of fire.
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December 7, 2010 When writer Abraham Verghese was 10 years old, he went off to sea in a British frigate to battle Napoleon's navy. Verghese made this perilous journey thanks to C.S. Forester's unforgettable series about the adventures of Captain Horatio Hornblower, books he still loves, years later.
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December 2, 2010 In the information age, the unexplored is hard to come by. Author Richard Harvell recommends three titles to take you back to a time when the unknown was a little more accessible — and to remind you of the power of wonder and imagination.
Laura Hillenbrand is also the author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend. The book inspired the Academy Award-nominated film Seabiscuit.
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December 1, 2010 Laura Hillenbrand — the award-winning author of Seabiscuit — has returned in fighting form with her latest nonfiction biography, Unbroken. The story of a pilot who survived a crash against all odds speaks to the indefatigable human spirit and our collective will to overcome.
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November 29, 2010 Adam Levin's hulking debut novel joins the ranks of other thousand-page books that have earned a lot of media buzz. But is it really worth hours of your time?
Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, pictured above in 1973, first published "Howl" in 1956.
November 24, 2010 Debra Ginsberg isn't related to Allen, but the famous poet once told her she could say he was her uncle. As a high-schooler, Debra found "Howl" exciting, beautiful and frightening. Now, years later, she has seen minds of her own generation "destroyed by madness."
November 22, 2010 School teacher Maria McCann did her homework when writing this erotic, historical novel about the English Civil War. Lionel Shriver says she couldn't stop reading about this torrid romance between two 17th century soldiers.
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November 22, 2010 In his new biography of the Revolutionary firebrand Patrick Henry, Harlow Giles Unger explores the life of America's greatest orator and the story behind his famous cry, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
November 18, 2010 The Roosevelts' unorthodox marriage was equitable, sexually open — and spanned four decades. Hazel Rowley profiles the uncommon union of a four-term president and his first lady in Franklin And Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.
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