Article Archive for August 2011
Now in paperback: a fascinating look at the intellectual Dark Ages (i.e. before Wikipedia)
The murder of an American tourist in Cape Town propels this well-made thriller, the latest paperback from an internationally popular writer.
Joining the innumerable hosts of Byron biographies, a new book looks at the heartthrob poet’s brief but legendary sojourn to Geneva
A quick Q & A with Justin Gustainis, author of the Morris and Chastain novels, on fame, devils, and holy scripture
In their latest outing, intrepid paranormal investigators Morris and Chastain look into an American presidential candidate who seems too good to be true.
A terrific new fantasy novel set in an alternate 15th century Venice.
In Danielle Steel’s latest, a celebrity hostess and an aging football hero both wonder if they’re too old to fall in love again.
An anthology volume from a titan of the Christian fiction genre
The long-awaited re-issue of one of the greatest, most triumphantly inventive vampire novels of all time.
A compact and lively history of superhero comics, from one of the most popular writers currently working in the industry.
The larger-than-life exploits of Lord Byron drew an erratic and daunting trajectory through the lives of those nearest him. A trilogy of novels attempts to go where so many biographies have gone before.
Once considered a credible rival to Dickens and Thackeray, W. H. Ainsworth is nearly forgotten today. It’s our loss: his historical novels – full of sensuous detail – run the gamut of romance and horror, tragedy and comedy.
Critics were often baffled by Ray Bradbury in his heyday, and biographers have been equally baffled ever since, but the quest goes on to understand the man who did as much as anybody to give science fiction the shape it has today.
Irmgard Keun depicted exceptionally naive women and seemed even to play the the role herself, even suing The Gestapo for banning her books. But was there a strategy behind playing dumb?
When his brother the king abdicated, shy Prince Bertie suddenly became king – and he was just settling in when the World War II threw his kingdom into chaos. ‘A Year with the Windsors’ continues.
A witty young woman meets a devastating man — literally, he devastates her. From the wreck of her life she tells her tale, and it is a tale well told. Sex meets death in Deborah Kay Davies’ brilliant True Things About Me
Brothers take opposing sides in World War One, in a gripping biography that reveals the history and politics of America’s role in the conflict.
In her new collection of poems, Claire Becker probes the matter between what we intuit and what we learn, between what we choose and how we change.
A new biography explores the life of the erratic and headstrong ‘forgotten’ Founding Father who bankrolled a revolution and guided a new republic.
David Ignatius writes superb novels of espionage from the perspective of the consummate insider. The latest is Bloodmoney.
a talk on architecture and art with cover artist Quynh Vantu
from “Chapel for One”
by Quynh Vantu
This month’s OLM Quiz!