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  • THE American novel

    February 18 is a day to celebrate, because it was on February 18, 1885, that Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the definitive American novel. Ernest Hemingway famously said, "All modern American literature comes from one book by...
  • Book review: 'The Art of Fielding' by Chad Harbach

    Book review: 'The Art of Fielding' by Chad Harbach
    The Art of Fielding A Novel Chad Harbach Little, Brown: 528 pp., $25.99 In terms of conjuring a shorthand for a certain American innocence, there are few delivery systems quite so direct as baseball. Touched on by a library's worth of authors...
  • Bookmark: New novel tackles tough subject

    The late John Updike once opined that we are all "trapped in solitary confinement inside our own skins." We can't ever really know what someone else is feeling, no matter how hard we try or how desperately she or he wants us to. Our unique souls are...
  • A poison pen

    Reading "The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal" is like watching a cobra devour forest vermin. Even if you don't have much feeling for the prey, you may pause at the thought of what might happen if the monster turned its attention on you. Not that Vidal...
  • 'The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps' by William Styron

    'The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps' by William Styron
    The Suicide Run Five Tales of the Marine Corps William Styron Random House: 198 pp., $24 The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
  • Paperback Writers: Sillitoe's still running

    Paperback Writers: Sillitoe's still running
    Alan Sillitoe, now in his 80s, grew up in Nottingham, in the English midlands, in the kind of squalor and poverty that, a century earlier, gave Charles Dickens nightmares. Sillitoe's father was a violent drunk; his mother, on occasion, was forced to...
  • 'Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace' by David Lipsky

    'Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace' by David Lipsky
    Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace David Lipsky Broadway: 352 pp., $16.99 paper David Foster Wallace dispenses exactly three pieces of writing advice in "Although of Course You End Up Becoming...
  • Robert Silverberg, science fiction elder statesman

    Right about then, the Age of Aquarius seemed to be reaching an apocalyptic conclusion: Amid campus riots, a contentious war and political assassinations, it was hard not to feel fatalistic. And Robert Silverberg, a New York writer who'd recently...
  • Los Angeles Times bestsellers for July 5, 2009

    ++++++++++++++++++++ || Fiction || Weeks on list || || 1. || The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Doubleday: $26.95) A novelist in 1920s Barcelona takes a dangerous writing assignment. || 1 || || 2. || The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown:...
  • 'Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers'; 'Close Calls With Nonsense: Reading New Poetry'; 'The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else'

    'Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers'; 'Close Calls With Nonsense: Reading New Poetry'; 'The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else'
    Curiosities of Literature A Feast for Book Lovers John Sutherland Herman Graf/Skyhorse Publishing: 288 pp., $22.95 This totally silly literary miscellany is "loosely inspired" by Isaac D'Israeli's 1791 bestseller "The Curiosities of Literature." It is...
  • Reynolds Price relives the past in high spirits

    Reynolds Price relives the past in high spirits
    Spring is impossibly verdant in Raleigh, so lush it's steamy. The path to the door of Reynolds Price's house in the woods is scattered with beechnuts. Tree frogs babble, the screen door slams, somewhere in the pond outside the kitchen an old snapping...