Jonathan Franzen is also the author of The Corrections: A Novel, and The Discomfort Zone, a memoir. He is pictured above at The New Yorker Festival Fiction Night in New York City in 2009.
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September 30, 2011 Why all the adulatory attention, critics ask, for Jonathan Franzen's latest domestic drama about marriage and family? Even though Franzen gets more praise for doing what many fine female writers do "backwards and in heels," critic Maureen Corrigan says Freedom has earned its accolades.
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September 29, 2011 Susan Orlean chronicles the life of the beloved four-legged movie star and the owner who adored him. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend is Orlean's magnum opus, exploring unlikely survival, Hollywood friendship and the tribulations of American life in the early 20th century.
September 28, 2011 With grace and compassion, French writer Emmanuel Carrere tells somber stories of loss. Lives Other Than My Own demonstrates that narrative is not just a vessel for what is considered off-limits in life. It can be a vessel for knowledge one never wished to possess.
September 27, 2011 The Wandering Falcon is a collection of short fiction from Jamil Ahmad. Ahmad is an 80-year-old former Pakistani government official who is making his debut in fiction.
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September 27, 2011 Reality and fantasy masterfully collide in Helen Oyeyemi's folklore-filled fourth novel. St. John Fox, a 1930s-era English writer, is locked in a love triangle with his wife, Daphne, and an imaginary muse named Mary Foxe, who comes off the page to haunt, help and entertain.
September 22, 2011 Apricot Jam is a newly posthumously published collection of short pieces by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago in January 2011.
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September 21, 2011 Roger Ebert tackles lowbrow and highbrow topics alike in his memoir; critic John Powers says the chronicle is sunny and hopeful — just like Ebert himself.
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September 21, 2011 French artist David B. renders ecstatic visions, religious fervor and bloody battles in his new collection of graphic novellas, The Armed Garden and Other Stories. His mysterious and melancholy style saturates every panel of the artfully told tales.
September 20, 2011 Stephen Greenblatt chronicles the unlikely discovery of Lucretius' poem "On the Nature of Things" — by a 15th-century Italian book hunter. The Swerve is a masterfully written meditation on the fragile inheritance of ideas.
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September 20, 2011 Husband and wife doctor team Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband have joined forces to help patients navigate the daunting and dysfunctional world of medicine. Doctors must be more patient, they say, and patients, better informed.
September 19, 2011 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson tells the life story of a railroad worker from the early 20th century, and, while short, it's a rich dramatic rendition of a man's life.
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September 19, 2011 Set somewhere in a modern yet resolutely mythical Middle East, Craig Thompson's latest graphic novel is a love story that also tackles the roots of religion and the nature of masculinity and femininity.
September 15, 2011 The small town Magdalena Tulli imagines in her quirky new novel is inhabited by strapping young soldiers, fair maidens, oligarchs and one notable insomniac — all of whom behave in the most unexpected ways.
September 15, 2011 Robert Stone's characters fall all over the moral spectrum, but between a revolutionary nun, a treacherous spy and an alienated anthropologist, they certainly make for good reading. Author Roland Merullo recommends Stone's A Flag for Sunrise, a rich depiction of Central America in the turbulent '70s.
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September 14, 2011 In an intriguing and insightful new book, anthropologist Jeanne Guillemin looks back at the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five and infected 17 others.
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