August 29, 2008 Former GOP finance director Nicole Sexton's young heroine has a knack for throwing parties and tapping rich donors. But as the former intern becomes a big wheel in the Republican money machine, her ideals take a beating.
August 28, 2008 A comic thriller composed with literary refinement and an ear for wordplay, Adam Davies' Mine All Mine bounces through a world of objets d'art and tranquilizer darts.
August 25, 2008 To solve the murder of her own doppelganger, Detective Cassie Maddox assumes the dead woman's identity and enters into the complex, collective psychology of a charismatic group. Barrie Hardymon has a review.
August 25, 2008 China's scale is so vast, its variety so great and its rising power so apparent, it acts as an enormous magnet fixing our attention. One result is a torrent of books — but how on earth to choose?
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August 22, 2008 In her new book, journalist Jane Mayer chronicles how the war on terror has undermined the U.S. Constitution. Reviewer Simon Maxwell Apter says that Mayer's exhaustive research and painfully blunt prose set The Dark Side apart from the dozens of other post-9/11 history books.
August 22, 2008 Movie Love In The Fifties offers a view of America as it was 50 years ago, a postwar nation whose struggle to understand race and sex and fashion was reflected in films that weren't all pitched to the appetites of teenage boys.
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August 20, 2008 A new novel three decades in the making features time travel, screwball hidden identity plots and lively background music. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan calls The Little Book by Selden Edwards an "an ideal late-summer reading getaway."
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August 20, 2008 A dollar won't buy you much in Europe these days. But three books set on the continent offer a full immersion in "la dolce vita" — at minimal cost.
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August 18, 2008 Recently reissued, Christopher Priest's 1974 sci-fi classic, Inverted World, tells the story of a city built on rails and in perpetual motion. Jessa Crispin adds up the pieces of Priest's "tightly structured puzzle" and discovers a novel that stands up to the test of time.
August 18, 2008 Dogs have long been a source of human fascination, companionship — and, sometimes, terror. These books featuring three very different canines offer a perfect way to wind down the dog days of summer.
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August 15, 2008 Half shantytown, half boomtown, the teeming and complex Mexican capital defies coherent description. David Lida's sharply drawn vignettes are expansive and vivid — like the city itself.
August 15, 2008 You probably wouldn't want to trust any of these characters with your wallet, but that's precisely why they make for such delicious reading. Andrew Porter presents his favorite three books about bad, bad behavior.
August 13, 2008 The latest volume in a spellbinding series of lush, graphic short-story collections melds diverse influences into modern fairy tales of vision and wonder.
August 12, 2008 Published on the verge of the author's 89th birthday, Doris Lessing's Alfred And Emily is an idiosyncratic combination of personal history, public history and fiction — all about her father and mother.
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August 11, 2008 Equal parts thriller, travelogue and literary puzzle, Hotel Crystal is The Bourne Identity by way of Borges.
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