June 11, 2012 Summer is a trying time for introverts, what with the barbecues and the graduations and the picnics by the pool. If you'd always choose a good book over a good party, critic Maureen Corrigan has a list for you.
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June 6, 2012 A dark and stormy night, an isolated manor house and a knock at the door all play a part in Sadie Jones' delicious romp of a novel. Set in Edwardian England, it tracks a noble but cash-strapped family whose lavish dinner plans go awry when they're asked to shelter a crowd of refugees.
June 6, 2012 Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya revitalizes Sophocles' Antigone with the story of a Pashtun woman who visits an American military base in Kandahar for permission to bury her brother. But unlike Sophocles, Roy-Bhattacharya challenges readers to sympathize with both the soldiers and their visitor.
June 4, 2012 The latest from Andrei Makine — often described as a Russian Proust — tells the story of Ivan Shutov, a disillusioned writer who tries to reconnect with his native Russia after decades as an expat. The country has moved on, but Shutov makes an unlikely connection with a grizzled veteran.
May 31, 2012 Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer's comic rewrite tracks the flaws in America's founding documents, from the 17 "alcohol, voting and slavery" amendments to one president's belief that the Constitution should expire every 19 years.
May 30, 2012 Did women's liberation bring change you can believe in? In her first work of fiction in 25 years, Alix Kates Shulman conjures a retro relationship triangle, a heroine drowning in domestic discontent, and questions about the transformative impact of feminism.
May 29, 2012 We think of the Russian master as a novelist and short-story writer. But the subversive genius who penned Lolita was a deft and powerful poet, too — as the first new collection of his verse in more than 30 years proves.
May 24, 2012 A drunk (and dying) sportswriter embarks on a journey to track down Sri Lanka's greatest and most elusive cricket star in Shehan Karunatilaka's irrepressible debut, The Legend of Pradeep Mathew.
May 23, 2012 The second novel in Hilary Mantel's trilogy positions Thomas Cromwell as Henry VIII's trusted consigliere and a specialist at getting unwanted wives out of the way. But if the machinations in Bring Up the Bodies are of the cruelest kind, Mantel's language couldn't be more sublime.
May 22, 2012 In The Right-Hand Shore, Christopher Tilghman returns to the racially charged landscape and the crumbling plantations of his book Mason's Retreat. Fresh Air critic Maureen Corrigan calls the prequel "the real deal."