| Oct 16, 2011
The Art of Fielding
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...
| Jun 19, 2011
The Hair of Harold Roux
Introduction by Andre Dubus III, afterword by Ann Joslin Williams
Bloomsbury: 384 pp., $15 paper
Thomas Williams' novel "The Hair of Harold Roux" occupies a peculiar limbo of the lost: Published in...
| Jan 1, 2012
Tuesday will mark the Iowa caucuses, the first voting that counts in the presidential race. During this quadrennial ritual, politicians conduct "retail politics," whether or not the people buy it. Here are 10 facts that can withstand the upcoming...
| Jun 19, 2011
From "King Lear" to "Leave it to Beaver," works of fiction have featured memorable dads. Here's a Father's Day sampler:
1. Chevy Chase plays Clark Griswold in four "Vacation" feature films, but Clark's two kids are played by different actors in each....
| Jun 7, 2012
| 10:34 AM
Mohamed Ibrashim Abdelmegid, RachelWellington Abhilashi, Kareem Ibrahim Aboutaleb, YousefIbrahimAboutaleb, Matthew Abraham, Christopher Jason Actie, Juan Pablo Aguina, Aizaz Ahmed,...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 12:22 PM
Riffing off the Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” please allow me to introduce future ACC members Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
When the Orange and Panthers begin competition in their new conference home hinges on negotiations with the Big...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 8:43 AM
In every life, a little fall must reign.
One slip, one missed opportunity, one hesitation or wrong turn can haunt you forever, casting an intractable shadow over the rest of your days. The words "if only" are never far from anyone's thoughts.
| Jul 28, 2012
| 12:34 PM
John Irving came to M&T Bank Stadium from his home in New Jersey Saturday to see his favorite soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, play in person for the first time. But Irving, whose allegiance is derived from the fact his father grew up near the team's...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 10:00 PM
It's hardly shocking that the most fully realized characters in "The Casual Vacancy," J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, are the youngest.
Fats Wall, Krystal Weedon, Gaia Bawden, Andrew Price, Sukhvinder Jawanda: Even the names are vaguely...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 1:45 PM
John Irving's latest book, "In One Person," is his most politically charged novel since his 1980s best-sellers "The Cider House Rules" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany."
The book is about a bisexual boy from rural Vermont named Billy Abbott who has crushes...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 1:37 PM
In publishing, landing a spot on the "Today" show has traditionally been thought of as a publicity holy grail. Is that why Benjamin Percy wore a pregnancy suit to get there? And did he have any idea just how strange the experience would be?