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Murder, she wrote

Interview: Tana French's deep crime novels
"It’s always more fun to write people who are really messed up or really vicious."
By: CLEA SIMON  |  August 05, 2008


Car talk

A close look at driving
For days post-late-merge, Vanderbilt had feelings of guilt and confusion.
By: AMY FINCH  |  August 04, 2008


Victim, not vixen

Sex, death, and the filthy rich
Florence Evelyn Nesbit was the most beautiful woman who ever lived.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  July 29, 2008


Tricky Dick

Philip K. Dick's second Library of America volume
The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2008



Julie Hecht’s self-help
There’s still time to spend some of your summer with Julie Hecht.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 22, 2008


Parlor salon

Spreading the words in Salem
Spreading the words in Salem
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 16, 2008


Grave matters

The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta
Entering the small back room at Gallery Kayafas, you feel you’ve been transported into the shadowy pages of a small, mysterious book.
By: CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  July 15, 2008



Larry McMurtry’s life in the trade
Larry McMurtry, the best I can tell, remains the only man to have both won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction and written an Academy Award–winning screenplay.
By: GEORGE KIMBALL  |  July 08, 2008


Repression illustrated

People’s history in graphic format
Graphic novels are an acquired taste.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  July 01, 2008


Master builders

Books on, and by, architects
A good architectural monograph is more than just a big colorful book with too-good-to-be-true photos; it’s a window into the heart and mind of the architect it profiles.
By: DAVID EISEN  |  June 24, 2008


Confessions of an editor

DeWitt Henry's candid new collection of essays meditates on manhood
There’s a quiet courage in these essays, and a revelatory sense of the continuing challenge of pressing on.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 20, 2008


Priorities, rediscovered

In her first book, actress Debra Winger focuses on home, not Hollywood
Instead of checking into rehab, the actress spoke her mind.
By: JENNY HALPER  |  June 19, 2008


Frank Bidart’s ambivalent appetite

The poet probes human opposites in his latest collection
Frank Bidart adores the savage Catullan paradox.
By: SVEN BIRKERTS  |  June 17, 2008


Small presses

Big ideas, and a match made in heaven
Rose Metal Press focuses on unique, non-traditional literary forms such as flash fiction, prose poetry, or novels-in-verse.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2008


Mike Edison walks alone

On his death bed, Mike Edison probably won’t lament that he didn’t do this or he didn’t go there.
By: AMY FINCH  |  June 10, 2008


Spy games

Alan Furst’s “Night Soldiers” novels
The gray afternoon, the loveless assignation, the endless bureaucracy.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 10, 2008


The great American (office) novel

Thirteen fictional perspectives on your 9-5
They are coming regularly now, like buses, like bulletins — the great office novels of the 21st century.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 06, 2008


Booked up

Several shelves’ worth of summer reads
Summertime, and the reading is easy.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 09, 2008


Masterful mysteries

Rendell and Nabb transcend genre
Not in the Flesh is Ruth Rendell’s 21st Inspector Wexford novel since she and the character debuted in 1964.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 10, 2008



The thief who reinvented himself as a Hollywood celebrity
The new guy showed up as a guest at the Lakeside Golf Club in 1932, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, he won the club championship the first time he entered it.
By: GEORGE KIMBALL  |  June 10, 2008


Flying high

Interview: Jonathan Miles’s airport novel
There’s nothing new about the complaint as literature, says author Jonathan Miles.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 02, 2008

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