September 22, 2009 Literary critic Morris Dickstein's new book, Dancing in the Dark gives a bright (and thorough!) look at the Great Depression via the art that illuminated a dark era.
September 15, 2009 Award-winning children's book illustrator David Small's graphic memoir is strictly for grown-ups. Chilling, unsentimental and beautifully drawn, the book recounts a disastrous childhood — and a life rescued by art.
September 11, 2009 New Yorker writer Tad Friend reflects on growing up rich and repressed — the product of a traditional Wasp household — in a revealing new work of nonfiction.
September 5, 2009 Dan Chaon's novel about three characters at loose ends has elements of mystery and horror, but revolves around the search for identity.
September 4, 2009 In Lorrie Moore's latest novel, A Gate At The Stairs, Moore puts her worldly, penetrating prose and sly observations on life into the voice of a 20-year-old.
August 31, 2009 Jonathan Tropper's novel trains a sharp eye on the Foxman family as they grieve for a lost member.
July 29, 2009 Cape Cod cottages, red fire hydrants, swimming pools, and a golf course — the perfect village, built by Henry Ford, right in the heart of the the Amazon jungle of Brazil. Greg Grandin's book (non-fiction, amazingly) documents the history of Ford's vision of the American Jungle Utopia that almost was.
May 28, 2009 Food Of A Younger Land is gastronomical time travel tour of American food. Author Mark Kurlansky marks the path with pre-World War II food rituals, recipes, and even poems about food, grouped by regional and rich with revealing history.
May 1, 2009 Brooklyn, Colm Toibin's exquisite and painful new novel, is more than a chronicle of the loneliness of an Irish immigrant's in New York. Through the main character Eilis Lacey, we really discover a universality of feeling, a longing for home and self that is without borders.
April 16, 2009 Kirstin Downey's lively new biography of Francis Perkins, President Franklin Roosevelt's controversial pick for Secretary of Labor, is called The Woman Behind the New Deal. Downey's book not only illuminates Perkins' career but also deepens popular understanding of Roosevelt's character.
March 17, 2009 For those readers who've endured seismic shifts of the heart, Isabel Gillies's memoir Happens Every Day will hit the spot. For all its sorrow, Gillies gives this tale of a broken marriage a contagious charm and the comfort of lovesick solidarity.
March 11, 2009 Zoe Heller's new book, m>m>m>The Believers, dissects the family of an elderly left-wing lawyer and gambles on the readers' intelligence and wit, without much concern for our feelings.
March 10, 2009 Excerpt: 'Cutting for Stone'
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