April 30, 2009 Hans Fallada's 1947 novel, Every Man Dies Alone, presents a memorable portrait of ordinary resistance to Nazism in wartime Germany.
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April 29, 2009 Frederick Barthelme's novel Waveland parallels the fate of the town it was named for, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It's about loss — of property, love and family — but also about starting over and, just maybe, building something better this time.
April 29, 2009 Author Susan Jane Gilman recommends two books — Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money and Alan Beattie's False Economy — to help you unravel the economic crisis.
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April 28, 2009 Public intellectual George Scialabba contemplates the role of great — and not so great — thinkers in his new collection of essays, What Are Intellectuals Good For? Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "a pleasure to read."
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April 27, 2009 The criminals in Denis Johnson's hard-edged Nobody Move aren't cool. But with a Mamet-like ear, Johnson — who won the National Book Award for Tree Of Smoke — wrings poetry from his hapless heroes' deadly exploits.
April 24, 2009 Comic book pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi devoted himself to expanding the storytelling power of the manga form. A Drifting Life, Tatsumi's massive memoir in manga style, offers a sharply observed exploration of the urge to create.
April 21, 2009 It's hard to look at the perpetually dissatisfied sophisticates in Caitlin Macy's Spoiled and not see a nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her stories demonstrate not only Fitzgerald's wit and insight, but deep empathy for her subjects.
April 21, 2009 There's no reason not to eat well, even in tough economic times. Three cookbooks conjure deliciously simple dinners from the most ordinary of ingredients.
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April 20, 2009 With Don't Cry, Mary Gaitskill confirms her status as the sharpest portraitist of our darker nature. In her third story collection, the author again explores the pleasures of doomed romance, emotional degradation and other destructive impulses.
April 17, 2009 In his new book, Dave Cullen delivers a clear-eyed portrait of the brains behind the Columbine killings. He says the massacre wasn't an emotional outburst or revenge fantasy carried out by a couple of social outcasts. Reviewer Susan Jane Gilman calls the book strong, but says it doesn't quite sing.
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April 17, 2009 It's Kafka meets Stephen King and The Three Stooges in this tale of a young man unwillingly inducted by psychotic clowns into a lethal circus act. Will Elliott's The Pilo Family Circus is a gripping psychological satire.
April 16, 2009 Kirstin Downey's biography of FDR's Labor Secretary Frances Perkins paints an inspiring and substantive portrait of the woman who ushered in the 40-hour work week.
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April 15, 2009 Timed for the centennial of MI5 and MI6, Gordon Thomas' history of British intelligence teems with double agents, whistle-blowers and moles. Drawn from Thomas' many contacts among spooks and spymasters, Secret Wars is a riveting read.
April 15, 2009 Sarah Pekkanen's debut novel will be published in 2010, but it was a long time in the making. After finding that her life was not "best-seller material" — so much for "write what you know" — Pekkanen turned to the experts for help writing her first book of fiction.
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April 13, 2009 Author Melody Moezzi says Kay Redfield Jamison's memoir, An Unquiet Mind, is the most brilliant and brutally honest book she's ever read about bipolar disorder.
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