After Might, by Irmgard Keun
May 31, 2011 Originally published in 1937, Irmgard Keun's novel After Midnight chronicles the German citizenry's obliviousness to a nation's plunge into madness.
May 30, 2011 Short story month is just about over, but take heed: if diving into the latest bestseller seems too daunting, the short story could be the form of fiction for you. Atlantic writer and producer Miriam Krule suggests three collections that are complex and nuanced despite their brevity — and perfect for your morning commute.
May 26, 2011 Johanna Skibsrud's award-winning debut novel about an alcoholic father's relationship with his adult daughters was written for a master's thesis at Concordia University. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says the language of the story settles deep into a reader's consciousness.
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May 26, 2011 Since antiquity, medical personnel have dismissed highly emotional women as "hysterical." In Medical Muses, Asti Hustvedt travels back to a 19th-century Parisian hospital in an attempt to understand — and humanize — history's hysterics.
Students perform Alcestis at Queen's College in London, circa 1917.
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May 25, 2011 From posh princesses to tough teens, the ladies of literary history are getting a makeover. Author Malinda Lo shares these empowering tales of sacrifice, hope and determination from three famous female characters.
May 24, 2011 In 1989, a white female jogger was brutally raped in New York City's Central Park. Author Sarah Burns revisits the crime — and the wrongful conviction that put five African-American teens in prison.
May 23, 2011 Dive into the creepy-crawly side of literature with author Goldie Goldbloom's recommendations of chilling and disturbed lit. She suggests three gruesomely enchanting books that feature freakish oddities, bizarre love and talking corpses.
May 23, 2011 Tessa Hadley creates an intricate tangle of marriage, divorce, lovers and friends in a sophisticated novel that rides the rails between London and Cardiff, Wales.
May 19, 2011 Running, that most punishing and solitary of sports — seems to have one of the most devoted followings. Author Liz Colville recommends three new books that are joining the canon of long-distance running tomes, each with a unique perspective on what all those miles can do to for an athlete.
Luisa Valenzuela is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Cambio de armas and Cola de lagartija.
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May 18, 2011 Do powerful women tend to be failures at love? South American novelist Luisa Valenzuela reflects on this and other mysteries in a sometimes raunchy, but always candid, new memoir.
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May 17, 2011 Reading Kelly Link's writing isn't really like reading at all — it's more like experiencing the strangest dream of your life. Writer Karen Russell says the uncanny short stories are genre-bending, mind-blowing masterpieces of the imagination that draw on fable and myth to achieve an unbearably painful realism.
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Jon-Jon Goulian was born in 1968 and grew up in La Jolla, Calif. The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt is his first book.
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May 16, 2011 In The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, Jon-Jon Goulian offers a witty and engaging — if not particularly insightful — reflection on his transformation from shy child to outrageous Manhattan scenester.
May 12, 2011 Dieter Schlesak's "documentary novel," translated from German, puts Auschwitz's pharmacist on trial. The book employs interviews with concentration camp survivors, letters and camp records, and testimony and evidence from the druggist's actual trial, which took place in the 1960s.
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May 11, 2011 Rachel DeWoskin's novel follows a gutsy 16-year-old girl navigating her way at a new performing arts high school. The book is a distinctive addition to the already packed library of coming-of-age stories.
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May 11, 2011 Out of the Vinyl Deeps is a tribute to The New Yorker's first pop critic — a writer whose words were as accessible as a great backbeat. The articles, collected and edited by Willis' daughter, are like conversations that feel relevant and real.
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