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  • Review: 'Fields of Blood' by Karen Armstrong

    Review: 'Fields of Blood' by Karen Armstrong
    People commit atrocities for a complex range of reasons," writes Karen Armstrong. "Yet so indelible is the aggressive image of religious faith in our secular consciousness that we routinely load the violent sins of the twentieth century onto the back of...
  • Review: 'Shark' by Will Self

    Review: 'Shark' by Will Self
    Last August, British author Will Self wrote in the Guardian that his new novel, "Shark," was in part influenced by the classic Spielberg film "Jaws." "I had begun by thinking I would write 'Jaws' without the shark," Self wrote. "I ended up by writing...
  • Reader of the Week: Jean-Luc Bouchard

    Reader of the Week: Jean-Luc Bouchard
    Who I am Jean-Luc Bouchard from New York City. One unique thing about me In second grade, I began reading Roald Dahl and became obsessed with his work. I was stunned to learn that you could just make up what you want in fiction — not just...
  • Anthony Horowitz on 'Moriarty'

    Anthony Horowitz on 'Moriarty'
    Well over a century after he first appeared in a London magazine, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is more popular than ever. Some of his latter-day incarnations are in pastiche forms and settings that his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, could not...
  • Review: 'Skylight' by José Saramago

    Review: 'Skylight' by José Saramago
    In her introduction to "Skylight," Spanish journalist Pilar del Río notes that in 1953, José Saramago sent a manuscript to a publisher, where it languished in a slush pile for 36 years. The publisher, while moving offices, discovered the manuscript,...
  • The Biblioracle's Biblio awards, Part I

    The Biblioracle's Biblio awards, Part I
    Welcome to the 3rd annual Biblioracle Book Awards! Is three years long enough to be considered an institution? I'd like to be an institution someday. The first year I decided to name the nonexistent trophy after my dog Oscar, but that name was taken....
  • Review: 'The Woman I Wanted to Be' by Diane von Furstenberg

    Review: 'The Woman I Wanted to Be' by Diane von Furstenberg
    Barbara Walters, speaking last month at the celebrity-studded launch party for "The Woman I Wanted to Be," said this about 67-year-old Diane von Furstenberg: "She does what she wants to do, she does it well, and she doesn't give a damn." True as that...
  • Indie bookstores give what Amazon lacks: A human touch

    Indie bookstores give what Amazon lacks: A human touch
    Walking into the entryway of Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Hyde Park is like entering an Athenaeum, a kind of temple of books. Intellectuals furrow their brows and read in comfortable chairs, framed by tall shelves that house the published volumes of the...
  • Review: 'The Confessions of Frances Godwin' by Robert Hellenga

    Review: 'The Confessions of Frances Godwin' by Robert Hellenga
    Frances Godwin, 60-some years old and widowed, is writing her spiritual autobiography — filling the pages of a Clairefontaine notebook with the story of her life. Her sentences are plain as day and she can repeat herself. She seems frustratingly...
  • Review: 'Something Rich and Strange' by Ron Rash

    Review: 'Something Rich and Strange' by Ron Rash
    When a young Englishman travels deep into America's Appalachian Mountains in 1922, his head teems with fantasies of rustic life: men dressed in buckskin, holsters at their sides, boots and breeches on the women, saloons and cabins everywhere. He is...
  • Maureen Holtz on 'The Last Resort'

    Maureen Holtz on 'The Last Resort'
    "The Last Resort" is a provocative drama about an African nation that hatches an economic development plan to legalize physician-assisted suicide and attract "death tourism." Set in 2021, the novel alternates between Mkanda and Sangamon, Ill., where...