February 29, 2012 The relentlessly restless Geoff Dyer takes on Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, the master of stillness, timelessness and heavy self-regard. Consciousnesses collide and meld in this mesmerizing mashup of sensibilities.
February 28, 2012 A disgraced literature professor in 1970s San Francisco listens in on a lesbian's therapy sessions in Ellen Ullman's psychologically labyrinthine and darkly irresistible new novel.
February 27, 2012 A new book follows an American basketball veteran as he coaches a struggling Chinese pro basketball team. Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Yardley has a courtside seat from which to observe China's frantic capitalist expansion and its ambivalent fascination with all things American.
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February 27, 2012 In a new book, an English professor sets out to uncover the source of our attraction to the gruesome and grim. Drawing on a cross-section of disciplines, Eric G. Wilson argues that there's something nourishing in darkness.
Two Boov Aliens from Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday.
February 27, 2012 Get ready: In 2013, an alien race called the Boov are going to invade Earth. Or, at least, that's what happens in Adam Rex's vision of the future. Author Gin Phillips says that The True Meaning of Smekday stuck with her. Do you have a favorite book about aliens? Let us know in the comments below.
February 24, 2012 In No Mark Upon Her, Deborah Crombie's recently betrothed recurring characters Kincaid and James investigate the watery death of an Olympic hopeful rower. The British couple's domestic affairs turn out to be just as intriguing as the central mystery, says Maureen Corrigan.
February 23, 2012 Have you ever had the feeling that you've overstepped your boundaries? Author Tim Wu has — or, at least, he's read about it. He recommends three books on the disastrous consequences it can have. Tell us about a time you should have known your limits in the comments section.
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February 22, 2012 Thomas Mallon's new novelization of the infamous political scandal re-imagines the events through the eyes of the perpetrators. Critic Heller McAlpin says Mallon manages to capture both the metastasizing dishonesty and the ludicrousness of this great American tragedy of political ambition run amok.
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February 22, 2012 If someone's not being killed or beaten, he's being shaken down, spied on, bedded, or seduced in James Ellroy's American Tabloid. Author Adam Levin says it will have you admiring J. Edgar Hoover's sleazy connivances and cheering for the violent downfall of the Kennedys.
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February 20, 2012 How much do we read into ourselves when we write a diary? Author Patrick DeWitt recommends the dark, deep journal of a man suffering from a nervous breakdown.
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February 20, 2012 Bernie Madoff's investment scandal inspired financial analyst Christina Alger to write a novel based on the personal and financial turmoil created by the collapse. It's called The Darlings, and Alan Cheuse — writing professor at George Mason University — has a review.
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February 20, 2012 Krys Lee's short stories explore brutal, fracturing families with political and feminist overtones. Critic Heller McAlpin says to read this book twice — if you can bear to.
February 20, 2012 Hollywood is forever going back to the well of literature for ideas. Author Tessa Harris says, if it's books Hollywood wants, there are still plenty of gems out there waiting to be discovered. She points to three books that should be movies — and you can recommend others in the comments section.
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February 16, 2012 D.A. Powell's poems in Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys subvert Boy Scout imagery with cheekiness, and take on desire, salvation and HIV with courage. This is a book that looks death in the eye — and winks.
February 15, 2012 Helen Simpson once said that when it comes to short stories, "Something's got to happen, but not too much." Her latest short story collection, In-Flight Entertainment, may seem bleak and mundane — with subjects like mortality, infidelity and climate change — but it's also bursting with British wit.
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