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.
February 25, 2009 Kitty Burns Florey's history of penmanship is definitely not an exercise in hand-wringing about handwriting. Her engaging exploration is filtered through her own obsession with handwriting as an act of self-expression.
February 24, 2009 When Steve Inskeep visited Iran in this month, these three books provided the guidance he needed to understand the country's complicated approach to free speech and expression.
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February 23, 2009 Two recent contributions to the horror genre, Drood and the Twilight saga, have breathed new life into old thrills and chills. Maureen Corrigan has a review.
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February 19, 2009 In the pompously titled but not at all pompous How To Live, humorist Henry Alford gleans wisdom from the senior set. Droll and boundlessly curious, Alford comes closer than you might expect to fulfilling his title's promise.
February 19, 2009 If his 13 children didn't give Mr. Ahuja plenty to worry about, his career presiding over development in sprawling Delhi is also in trouble. Karan Mahajan's highly entertaining debut novel, Family Planning, shows a rare level of concision, insight and humor.
February 13, 2009 Reviled in 1959, Robert Frank's gritty, poetic The Americans now ranks among photography's most pivotal works. An ambitious edition marking the book's 50th anniversary shines new light on Frank's achievement.
February 12, 2009 True to its original structure and subtitle — A Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking — the updated sex manual remains a smorgasbord of stimulating ideas and images.
February 11, 2009 In this smart and funny follow-up to his previous story collections, The Book of Ralph (2004) and America's Report Card (2006), John McNally revels in a gallery of Midwestern misfits and their stories of hard-luck love.
February 10, 2009 Every generation of Americans reinvents Abraham Lincoln in its own image. Among the crush of recent Lincoln books, these three help us understand his personality, power and relationship to his times.
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February 9, 2009 Maureen Corrigan reviews Brothers, Yu Hua's epic, 600-plus-page comedy that details life in a Chinese village from the early days of the Cultural Revolution to the giddy capitalist present.
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February 5, 2009 In this final volume of Neil Gaiman's collected Sandman books, Morpheus faces the Furies and pays the price for killing his own son. This may be the most emotionally complex finale in comics history.
February 3, 2009 Oil, ego and economics mix in Bryan Burrough's chronicle of the spectacular rise and often sordid fall of Texas' wealthiest and most powerful families.
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.
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