February 26, 2010 The Hypochondriacs, Brian Dillon's book about nine historical figures who battled obsessions and fears about their health, shows how these afflictions bled into the work that defined their careers.
Warren Beatty and his Splendor in the Grass co-star Natalie Wood at the 1962 Academy Awards.
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February 24, 2010 Over a 40-year career, the star of Splendor in the Grass, Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo and Bugsy seduced audiences, not to mention many of his co-stars. Peter Biskind's new biography casts Beatty as a ladies' man whose ambitions and neuroses aided his meteoric rise and his eventual fade.
February 23, 2010 When author John Wray is looking for an escape, he doesn't search for a world filled with giants and wands. Instead, he dives into Riddley Walker's post-apocalyptic England. Even this grim, mutant-filled world is riddled with surprising shocks of recognition.
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February 23, 2010 Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says the new novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni takes the shape of Scheherazade's tales, as nine people begin sharing their life stories after being trapped in the basement passport office of San Fransisco's Indian Consulate after an earthquake.
February 18, 2010 Don DeLillo's new novel is a dark, unsparing look at the justification of war. Reviewer Michael Schaub says Point Omega is among the best books of DeLillo's celebrated career.
February 17, 2010 Fulfilling the masculine dream of having arms like Goliath probably isn't worth the downside of steroid use. Vicarious satisfaction is probably better, as author Marc Acito discovers upon reading Gladiator, the autobiography of one-time American Gladiators star Dan Clark, known to television audiences as Nitro.
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February 16, 2010 Dubravka Ugresic's Baba Yaga Laid an Egg explores issues of women and aging through three modern retellings of the story of Baba Yaga, the villainous crone at the heart of many Eastern European folk tales.
February 15, 2010 The Routes of Man is the new book by Ted Conover, a Pulitzer Prize nominee for Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Conover's newest effort, about how roads shape the world in which we live, has "vivid armchair travel" appeal.
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February 11, 2010 Adam Haslett's debut novel pits a retired history teacher against the young banker trying to build a garish house on her father's land. Reviewer Heller McAlpin calls Haslett's book "a literary go-kart."
February 11, 2010 This year, Valentine's Day shares the 14th with Chinese New Year. Cupid had better flap his wings because it's the Year of the Tiger, and tigers don't eat chocolate. To commemorate this rare alignment, here are three books about love in Chinese families.
February 11, 2010 Roger Smith's South African thriller is horrific to read, yet impossible to put down, says reviewer Martha Woodroof. Smith is also a screenwriter, and it shows in his pacing and construction; his short, fast-moving scenes tumble one on top of another in this haunting narrative of violence and survival.
February 10, 2010 Louise Erdrich's Shadow Tag follows the disintegration of a marriage beset by betrayal and manipulation. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Erdrich's novel raises "issues about art, privacy and identity."
February 4, 2010 Tim Farnsworth, a partner at a Manhattan law firm, has been beset by a mysterious condition — a compulsion to walk until he collapses from exhaustion. Like its protagonist, Joshua Ferris' new novel moves resolutely forward with a fixed, trancelike purposelessness.
February 3, 2010 The main character of Stephen Benatar's 1982 novel Wish Her Safe at Home is a middle-aged London woman who inherits a run-down house from her aunt. The book, now in paperback for the first time, blends bright fantasy with a creeping darkness.
February 2, 2010 Two new novels should keep science fiction fans happy through the winter: Charlie Huston's Sleepless, the story of an insomnia plague, and Douglas Preston's Impact, in which human beings find themselves threatened by strange bombardments from the direction of Mars.
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