May 28, 2009 Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a Younger Land presents a marvelous history of America's gastronomical oddities and antiques; a remembrance of tastes and customs past. Maureen Corrigan has a review.
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May 27, 2009 Author Brad Meltzer has a confession: He loves Stephenie Meyer's girlie vampire series, and he's tired of living in a world where the books are considered "just for women."
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May 26, 2009 Augusten Burroughs recommends three complex, magnificent books that have one thing in common. Each will fully consume you and lift you entirely free of that most adult invention: time.
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May 22, 2009 One of the last surviving members of the Beat generation, Jack Gilbert still writes with a freshness that astonishes. He's fascinated by mythology, but what moves him most in The Dance Most of All are the mythic moments we experience day to day.
May 22, 2009 Joanna Smith Rakoff's sweeping novel about twenty-something Oberlin grads living in New York, A Fortunate Age, may be the long-awaited book that perfectly captures the '90s — that time of excess that set the stage for the current economic collapse.
May 20, 2009 Part Russian mafia thriller, part postmodern reflecting pool of sentence fragments and literary allusions, Jose Manuel Prieto's confounding, glimmering Rex celebrates the aesthetic and spiritual power of writing.
May 18, 2009 Sudanese author Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North is an engaging and complicated novel about two men who leave Africa to study in England and afterward belong in neither place. The novel has become a classic of postcolonial literature.
May 18, 2009 There's a little thing author Jeffrey Eugenides does when he can't write. When he's feeling sleepy, when his head is in a fog, he reaches across his desk, digs under the piles of unanswered mail, and unearths his copy of Herzog by Saul Bellow.
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May 14, 2009 When New Zealand writer Janet Frame died, she left behind works that were too personal to publish in her lifetime. In Towards Another Summer, Frame writes with such exquisite sensitivity that even this slim story about a weekend holiday is shattering.
May 14, 2009 Reed Farrel Coleman holds down a job as a commercial truck driver. But that doesn't stop him from writing mysteries in his free time. His Moe Prager series has won a slew of major awards.
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May 13, 2009 For those who found Stephen Hawking as clear as a black hole, Christopher Potter's You Are Here offers a friendly, poetic introduction to our current understanding of the big bang, relativity, evolution, life, particle physics and the universe in general.
May 12, 2009 Author Kamila Shamsie owns two copies of Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion so that no matter where she is, she can always slip into the novel's vital, heart-stopping world.
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May 8, 2009 David Selig can read minds. But award-winning science-fiction author Robert Silverberg uses this fantastic premise to plumb-all-too realistic themes of alienation and loss. Dying Inside is an intimate portrait of an unpleasant yet sympathetic character.
May 7, 2009 Book critic Maureen Corrigan says the most remarkable aspect of Colm Toibin's new novel is its heroine, a "plain Jane" Irish immigrant with limited options.
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May 7, 2009 A startup in 2003, MySpace last year earned almost $1 billion. Julia Angwin chronicles the rise of this colossus, the oddities of its often tawdry Web culture and Rupert Murdoch's 2005 high-stakes battle for ownership.
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