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January 01, 1990 - January 17, 2013 + Bookworm
Le Divorce (Dutton) In this satire of American behavior abroad, Diane Johnson exhibits a lethal distaste for innocence.
Trying To Save Piggy Sneed (Ballantine) The usually reticent John Irving opens up in a conversation about his work -- ranging from considerations of...
Closing the Circle A show about an implausible miracle -- a link between art and commerce. Closing the Circle is an Oulipean tale of air...
Melanie Rae Thon First, Body (Houghton Mifflin) Thon has been chosen as one of the top American writers under forty. A discussion of her stories...
Jamaica Kincaid, who grew up in poverty on Antigua, discusses the cultural contradictions of late capitalism and her ambivalent acceptance of American wealth.
The servant-girl novel, that staple of Victorian fiction, is reinvented by Atwood in her most compelling novel to date, "Alias Grace."
The Cattle Killings (Houghton Mifflin) As a writer, John Edgar Wideman finds himself at the intersection of African-American experience and High Modernist experimentation. A...
The Christmas Letters (Algonquin) Lee Smith actively loves her characters; her warmth towards them drives their stories. A conversation about fiction writing as a natural...
The Night in Question (Knopf) Tobias Wolff on the ethical questions that animate the dramatic heart of his stories. An intense analysis of fiction's relation...
Man Booker-Prize winner Michael Ondaatje seems to be one of the very few writers who appreciates the screen adaptation of his work...
Michael Lally Can't Be Wrong (Coffee House Press) Michael Lally--part Frank Sinatra, part William Saroyan--is an auditory seducer. This poet will leave you panting.
Robert Olen Butler Tabloid Dreams (Holt) The characters from supermarket tabloids reveal their inner truths in Pulitzer Prize-winner Butler's poetic stories..
Elena Poniatowska Tinisima (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Mexico's "premiere woman of letters" on Tina Modotti--photographer, model, revolutionary--the subject of this biographical novel.
Paul Theroux My Other Life (Houghton Mifflin) This autobiography is a supernatural story in disguise--hear Paul Theroux's Dr. Jekyll explain the demonic nature of Paul...
Brad Gooch The Golden Age of Promiscuity (Knopf) Brad Gooch reveals the structure of the heroic quest that underlies this misunderstood and frequently reviled novel.