March 31, 2009 By refusing to serve up even one likable main character, Zoe Heller's new novel raises implicit questions about readers' expectations about fiction. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan calls The Believers a "smart, caustic novel."
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March 31, 2009 In its painstaking honesty, Brad Gooch's Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor is both a gift and a curse to O'Connor's fans, displaying as it does the racial insensitivity and other flaws of one of America's greatest short-story writers.
March 30, 2009 Author Anne Cherian was 24 when she first read — and was enthralled by — Beryl Markham's autobiography West With the Night, a beautifully written retelling of the aviator's childhood in Africa and her daring solo flight across the Atlantic.
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March 27, 2009 This clever, poignant spoof tells the story of a relationship gone wrong in the form of a precisely annotated auction catalog that puts the detritus of a love affair — notes, photos, keepsakes — up for sale.
March 26, 2009 When a mock kidnapping of his mistress goes awry, a rising Tory politician covers his involvement. So begins The Birthday Present, Barbara Vine's latest psychological thriller.
March 25, 2009 Ron Suskind's A Hope in the Unseen tracks a familiar story — an ambitious kid's escape from the inner city. Author Susan Jane Gilman says Suskind treats his subject with such care that this nonfiction tale has the impact of an epic novel.
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March 24, 2009 Two years before his Watchmen series, Alan Moore mixed environmentalism with pop psychology to create the eco-avenger Swamp Thing. This hardback reissue revives Moore's surreal discourse on the blurry line between man and monster.
March 23, 2009 Eula Biss' dazzling leaps and odd juxtapositions have the knack of seeming brilliant and obvious at the same time. Notes from No Man's Land collects forceful, beautiful essays that examine race through a frame of reference both personal and wide-ranging.
March 19, 2009 In his slyly comic Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives, David Eagleman speculates about the great beyond. His whimsical thought experiments set in the hereafter expose truths of the here and now.
March 19, 2009 Author Eric Kraft describes Rem Koolhaas' Delirious New York as a "sometimes outrageous retroactive manifesto" about architecture and city planning — in short, a book not to miss.
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March 18, 2009 Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders conjures a superb, wide-angle portrait of modern Pakistan that mixes pathos with considerable charm. His linked tales examine the interdependent lives of characters from all classes.
March 17, 2009 Isabel Gillies grapples with the sudden dissolution of her marriage in the memoir Happens Every Day. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls this "all too-true story" a "compulsive" and "chilling" late-night read.
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March 16, 2009 R.L. Stine says Sebastian Barry's novel of the Irish during World War I is so exceptional and beautifully written that it reads like music.
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March 12, 2009 The follow-up to his stingingly critical Iraq war history, Fiasco, Thomas Ricks' The Gamble details the men and maneuvers that made the U.S. troop surge of 2007 successful at reducing violence in Iraq.
March 11, 2009 For years, Anna has circled the globe in search of her lost love, the titular Sailor from Gibraltar. With its mix of amour, ennui and endless conversation about both, this nuanced 1952 work by Marguerite Duras is as thrilling as it is cerebral.
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