He takes aesthetic pleasure in rolling in fox dung and Light, frothy mayhem for a steamy season It's officially summer, and many new crime novels will make great beach reads - they keep you entertained but won't keep you up nights. Christopher Lydon, X. Kennedy , and F.
In Philippe Claudel's disturbing new novel, "Brodeck," a spasm of such violence has already passed. Throughout his life, Kerouac Aerialist's stunt links tales of characters struggling to make their way New York City is Antaeus ground for Colum McCann: When he touches down, a surge of strength courses up. When he moves elsewhere as in his unfocused "Zoli," set in the Balkans or when he elaborates beyond a spirit of place into complexities of character and plot, he tends to strain.
On summer mornings, customers line up before the farmstand opens. Corn is a big seller, as is the signature zucchini bread. In "Idiot America," his idiosyncratic and rambling survey of the headlined events of recent years, Pierce is apoplectically aghast at what has become of the nation. A Cape crash, and after Thirty years ago this week, a small Air New England passenger plane crashed deep in the Cape Cod woods on a foggy night. Pilot George Parmenter, who had worked a hour day after being called in on an extra shift, was killed.
Recessionary reads: Hunker down with old favorites Most of us are going to lowball summer this year.
A walk on the wild side will be a night at the drive-in. No Umbria, no Cotswolds.
Editorial Reviews. Review. This is perhaps one of the best medical thriller I have ever read! Book 2 of 6 in Jack Bass Black Cloud Chronicles Jack's PTSD flashbacks sometimes leave him unaware of his actions while under the influence of. In the first book of the Jack Bass Black Cloud Chronicles series, In the Line of Ire, 2. Past Aghast: A Medical Action Thriller (Jack Bass Black Cloud Chronicles.
And, for my part, no new exorbitantly priced hardcovers. Instead, I will wallow in the joys of rereading my favorite books. Soon crimes of the Poking fun at kiddie classics, Lear, and romance writers Lois Lowry has written all manner of novels for children and young adults over the years, from fantasy and historical fiction to humor.
A few have been challenging, some even controversial. But one never thought of her audiobooks as cleverly snarky or riotously funny. Until now. John Updike's final collection plumbs familiar themes, place of the heart The blurb for John Updike's last collection of stories finds him in a "valedictory mood," words that speak truly to the stories, individually and collectively. The second is an ingenious exploration of an enduring historical mystery.
The two others are pure escapism, perfect summer reading. Apart from a few missives purported to be from Abe Lincoln, the San Francisco-based Kasper Hauser comedy team has written a pitch-perfect set of high-level text messages and e-mails. Bill Clinton asks Barack Obama to send Hillary out of the country The dark comedy of life in distant, corrupt lands "When it comes to.
If they were included in the Olympic Games, India would always win gold, silver, and bronze in those three. National Geographic's "The Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life" promises a trip you'll never forget - and one that will make the world a better place. Author Pam Grout spans the globe with programs aimed at Maybe it's time to look at the future a little differently.
A 19th-century adventurer's unsentimental education There are novels so finely constructed that they propel you back to the beginning at the moment you reach the end. Instead of closing the covers, you return to the first page with fresh eyes. Iliya Troyanov's "The Collector of Worlds" is a wonderfully sumptuous example. She travels with his downtown New York crowd of artists, dealers, collectors, film directors, actors, musicians, and models.
She is the assistant, the one who carries the burden of the work - provides the youth, the talent, the sexual energy, the actual brushstrokes.
Three poets defy simple pigeonholing It's surely a sign of the times that you could compile a veritable field guide of estimable poets in recent generations who fit that general description in one form or another and are impossible to pigeonhole under any one cultural provenance or literary tradition.
Marblehead messenger Katherine Howe's interest in the Salem witch trials is more than academic. A doctoral candidate in New England studies at Boston University, Howe is a descendant of two accused witches.
Yet it wasn't until she moved to Marblehead that she felt the full force of New England's past, leading to her novel, "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" Voice , being The industry has been struggling with sagging sales and is looking for cheaper and more efficient ways to deliver content to readers who want more flexibility in how they buy and read, whether on paper or a handheld device. Aficionados will savor the photographs of key players and the missions but likely will find this volume is a little light on text. What promises to amuse, though, I am going to review and promote books that promise maximum enjoyment.
But, notes poet and critic Robert Pinsky in these compact lecture-essays, there has always been a broad streak of myth surrounding the reality of life in these burgs. Alice Hoffman reads from "The Story Sisters," 2 p.
A combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes, Flavia de Luce is a fearless, cheeky, wildly precocious year-old whose "particular passion is poison. The Celtics' odd couple Celtics legend Bill Russell has now penned "Red and Me," a warm and thoughtful celebration of their longer friendship. He describes an evolving relationship built on mutual respect.
A meditation on loss and remembrance of things past Forget what you think you know about how novels are supposed to work. There are characters - Avery Escher, a British-born engineer, and Jean, his Canadian wife - but the book really isn't about them. The true main characters are history, memory, and loss. Friends to humanity, they took it upon themselves to do something about the inaccuracy, inconsistency, arbitrariness, redundancy, and exclusiveness that are Where Boston's the backdrop If you're going to spend 24 hours and a small fortune on an audiobook, then it had better be worth the time and money.
Thankfully, Dennis Lehane's lengthy "The Given Day" was worth the wait and the time it takes to listen to it. Speigelman's 'Seven Pleasures' celebrates ordinary happiness Willard Spiegelman loves to dance, swim, and take long walks, but he is not a performer, athlete, or advocate of avid exercise.
These activities simply bring him pleasure, so he indulges in them. Bachelor father Since Elinor Lipman's is a moral universe where wrongs are righted, it seems natural - and therefore just - that the daughter whom Henry Archer lost when she was 3 should reappear. Peter Abrahams discusses "Reality Check," 7 p. Hal Niedzviecki discusses "The Peep He filed eyewitness accounts from battlegrounds and beachheads and chronicled feats of heroism and humanity, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his account of submarine crewmen performing an appendectomy.
It was no different in the early 20th century, when painters gathered at colonies from Maine to Connecticut to create a sublime variety of impressions. About 80 of these paintings - by Edward Hopper, Childe Hassam, and others - have been collected in "Call of Looking to America's past to find a path for the future "This is the time to stand for things that are close to the American spirit," George McGovern proclaimed in as he accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
McGovern promised to take on wasteful military spending, entrenched special interests, prejudice based on race and sex, and the despair of the old and sick. Schloss's 'Foundation' gets inside hip-hop dance tradition Lesson one: Don't call it breakdancing. Hip-hop's dance tradition, the kinetic counterpart to the soundscape of rap music and the visuals of graffiti art, is properly known as b-boying. God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut As major 20th-century American novelists go, Kurt Vonnegut did a remarkable job of keeping his private life out of his fiction.
While the work of contemporaries such as Saul Bellow and Phillip Roth brims with characters and crisis cribbed, often defiantly, from their biographies, Vonnegut's only autobiographical novel, "Slaughterhouse Five," tells us more about an imaginary species of space aliens Reviews of 'A. Liebling comes up, people usually talk about his exuberant pieces on boxing. Then people talk Did you know that Land Rover suspension springs can be made into a machete or that, with a little practice, you can start a fire in a A former museum employee, Peruggia said he had hidden himself in a seldom-used broom closet the previous afternoon, waiting until Monday morning when the galleries were closed to the public A swing and a miss, and a home run Julianna Baggott is a heartbreaking writer, in part because she so nearly writes great books.
Under the pen name N.
Bode, she has published "The Anybodies," "The Somebodies," and "The Nobodies," popular books that similarly seem to miss perfection, not by a mile, but by a matter of feet. A new crop of books in 'An Orchard Invisible,' 'Wicked Plants' and 'Summer World' When British soldiers arrived in Jamestown in to quell a Colonial rebellion, a few daring farmers slipped some jimson weed into the British chow. The soldiers hallucinated for 11 days. A visitor from the past unravels a family's fabric of lies In Mary McGarry Morris's new novel, "The Last Secret," a dysfunctional family collides with a psychopathic outsider, revealing the truth behind hidden misdeeds and the complexity of individual motive.
This is not an unfamiliar theme for fans of Morris, author of "Songs in Ordinary Time" and "Vanished. More multicultural offerings at Kate's Mystery Books in Cambridge Ten years ago, a single shelf at Kate's Mystery Books in Cambridge was devoted to novels set in foreign cultures. Today there's an entire section - and that's not even counting mysteries set in Britain and Ireland.
Short takes Imagine the suffering of African-Americans over centuries of slavery and racism, compounded by the slaughter, dispossession, and deracination of the American Indians, and you begin to grasp the enormity of the plight of Australia's Aborigines.
How globalization paves the way to poverty "Globalization is an international shakedown," Jon Jeter declares, "and its targets are ordinary people across the globe, men and women made sojourners in the country of their birth by global finance and its missionaries. Books about growing your own food With the economy in the doldrums and first lady Michelle Obama having planted a vegetable garden at the White House, growing your own food is suddenly the thing to do.
New books offer help to novices as well as experienced hands. Short takes Dag, a corruption of dagger, is defined by Samuel Johnson in his dictionary as "a handgun or pistol, so called from serving the purposes of a dagger, being carried secretly and doing mischief suddenly.
Buckley Jr. First, there's the annoyance that he's actually buried in a coffin, when his instructions were to have his ashes commingled with those of his wife, Patricia Taylor Buckley, in a sculptural bronze cross on his Stamford, Conn. When home is where the tent is What do summer camp, boot camp, Camp David, hobo camps, terrorist camps, and de facto camps for homeless people have in common?
And what makes each distinct? Architecture professor Charlie Hailey pinpoints freedom and control as organizing principles in his freewheeling discussion about dozens of types of camps. When secrets meet the light Two of these novels have a common theme, a parent's decision to shield a child from the truth.
Additionally, military planners wanted to evaluate whether military troops could successfully perform against an adversary in such an environment. Package price in Cambodia. Past Aghast by Edwin Dasso is a gut-churning medical thriller that explores the effect of PTSD while at the same time presenting a tightly-written mystery as Bass copes with his debilitating condition and struggles to protect those he loves. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. She is found by a mysterious boy named Haku, who promises to help her. Or did he do it to embarrass the Howe administration, as a way to make the world think that the president had put him up to this? Shogun Assassin.
The third is an old-fashioned entertainment about a strange, gifted boy in the 19th-century Oxford of Charles Darwin and John Ruskin. A young woman adrift, at the mercy of luck, love, and fate Rivers are major players in American mythology. Mississippi, Missouri, Hudson, Cuyahoga, Colorado, Rio Grande - their names invoke an endless cycle of discovery and diaspora, renewal and decay. Essays ask: Why must women be so hard on each other? Novelist Ayelet Waldman has degrees from Wesleyan University and Harvard Law School; a career that would-be writers would kill for; four "smart and thoughtful, funny and wise," "creative and very intelligent" children; and a handsome, brilliant, high-earning husband Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon , who cooks, changes diapers, fixes leaky faucets, and is great in bed.
You'd think she would be living happily ever after.
Reif Larsen, author of 'T. Spivet,' begins local book tour in Brookline Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, an endearing, insightful year-old who makes maps of just about everything, hops a freight train in the illustrated debut novel "The Selected Works of T. Spivet," being published Tuesday.
Worst movie by a great director? Best sports year ever? Most iconic photograph? A patchwork of life stories In the years since the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project got underway in , it has examined 6, quilts preserved in museums and historical societies and treasured in private homes.