August 28, 2009 Cristina Nehring's A Vindication of Love makes an engaging case for raw attraction — where lust, emotion and intellect converge. Feminism, Nehring argues, has given us innumerable opportunities. Now how about the right to be romantic?
August 27, 2009 In Rhino Ranch, Larry McMurtry returns to his lighter side and his recurring protagonist, Duane Moore. The gentle comedy tracks the once-powerful oilman as he adjusts to his own retirement and to the changes a new nature preserve brings to his small Texas town.
August 26, 2009 Forget the Steven Spielberg fish tale. Author Lizzie Skurnick says she'll take Peter Benchley's salty novel — and its swearing sailors — over its cinematic adaptation any day.
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August 25, 2009 If you're stranded somewhere dangerous and remote, and you're not sure how you're going to survive — maybe you should read a book. Author Jake Halpern suggests three that will get you out of any tough spot.
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August 25, 2009 In his new book The Wauchula Woods Accord: Toward a New Understanding of Animals, Charles Siebert focuses on the complex — and too often violent and exploitative — relationship between primates who have much in common.
August 21, 2009 Patrick Radden Keefe's riveting new work of nonfiction, The Snakehead, explores the underworld of human smuggling that reached from China to New York City.
August 20, 2009 Books about music are notoriously poor at describing the abstraction and subtlety of a melody, but these three books sing like the real thing.
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August 19, 2009 Jessica Shattuck's second novel follows four friends as they navigate the brave new world of sperm donors, technologically assisted conception and homosexual marriage.
August 18, 2009 Richard Russo turns a satiric eye toward matrimony and middle age in his new novel, That Old Cape Magic. Book critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book a "glistening ... chambered nautilus of a novel."
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August 17, 2009 David Mazzucchelli's audaciously innovative Asterios Polyp is already on its way to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels of this or any year.
August 14, 2009 John Updike tended to let his characters age with him, and his final group of short stories, My Father's Tears, is no exception. He wrote of characters who are "taking up space at an age when most of our fathers were considerately dead."
August 12, 2009 Narrated by a precocious young woman born to be an Olympic swimmer, Nicola Keegan's sparkling first novel captures the arc of a great athlete's career.
August 10, 2009 In Ron Currie Jr.'s Everything Matters! a comet is pointed toward Earth, and it's coming soon. This humorous and poignant novel attempts to find meaning in the end of the world.
August 10, 2009 Author Laura Dave remembers the book that taught her about unabashed sin: Peyton Place, a raucous novel of sex, murder and love in a small New England town.
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August 6, 2009 One of the most popular and venerable Webcomics, Goats, is being collected into books. Jonathan Rosenberg's crazy plot twists and one-liners make you feel like you're 15 again, discovering the joys of Matt Groening while on a Froot Loops sugar rush.
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