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Book Review: Mary I

September 24, 2011
mary 1

A quietly stunning new biography of England’s infamous “Bloody Mary”

Book Review: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow

September 20, 2011
star trek cast no shadow

A new Star Trek novel attempts to answer some old Star Trek questions

Book Review: Letters to Friends

September 19, 2011
fonzio letters to friends

Sooner or later, Harvard’s glorious I Tatti Renaissance Library gets around to everybody.

Book Review: Animal

September 15, 2011
triangle frog

A stunning – and miraculously hopeful – update to DK’s legendary guide to animals

Book Review: Dark Jenny

September 11, 2011
dark jenny

Mallory meets Mike Hammer in the latest Eddie LaCrosse adventure

Interview with Virginia Henley

September 10, 2011
the dark early – pru sept 2011

Romance author Virginia Henley talks with Open Letters about history, human nature, and a certain four-letter word

Book Review: The Dark Earl

September 9, 2011
the dark early – pru sept 2011

The truth is stranger – and more welcome – than fiction in Romance legend Virginia Henley’s latest.

Graphic Novel: Justice

September 7, 2011
justice league 1

Writer Jim Krueger, artist Doug Braithwaite, and fan-favorite superhero painter Alex Ross create the ultimate Justice League adventure.

Book Review: Carthage Must Be Destroyed

September 5, 2011
richard miles

A new history of ancient Rome’s greatest adversary, the doomed empire of Carthage.

Now in Paperback: By Nightfall

September 5, 2011
hugh dancy

The paperback release of Michael Cunningham’s latest novel, a deft portrait of middle-aged might-have-been lust

Now in Paperback: Tutankhamun

September 1, 2011
tutankhamun – august 2011

An engrossing novel featuring the boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun and his steely chief of detectives, Rahotep.

Classics Reissued: TheThree Musketeers

September 1, 2011

All for one and one straight to HBO2! Huzzah!

Splendide Mendax

September 1, 2011
Splendide Mendax

The ethics of Wikileaks (and the antics of its mastermind, Julian Assange) continue to be the focus of controversy – and new books. Greg Waldmann takes a comprehensive look at the entire phenomenon.

Work in Progress

September 1, 2011

Could you actually be hurting the environment by going green and moving to the suburbs? A new book champions that oft-maligned human invention: the big city.

Kindly Words and Spectacles: The Art of Barbara Pym

September 1, 2011

Her merciless social scrutiny and crystal-perfect prose put Barbara Pym in the same league as Jane Austen — and yet she languishes on the edge of obscurity. We offer a re-appraisal — and a celebration.

: cleave :

September 1, 2011

a poem

Walk, Swim, Grumble

September 1, 2011

Olivia Laing’s digressive natural history of the 42-mile-long River Ouse is filled with philosophical meditations, childhood memories, and of course the ghost of Virginia Woolf. Anne Fernald traces Laing’s meandering footsteps.

Do what the clouds do…

September 1, 2011

A talk about touching light with cover artist Charles Matson Lume

Satanic Maggots

September 1, 2011

Colonialism, feminism, witchcraft, the Lord of Darkness — themes such as these once made Sylvia Townsend Warner’s novels bestsellers. Now her charmingly subversive fiction is back in print.

Changeable Camelion

September 1, 2011
Painting Poet John Donne

Courtier and cleric, adventurer and ascetic, man of faith and man of the world — John Donne was many things in his life, and a sprawling new Companion does its best to assess them all.

Love at First Glans

September 1, 2011

Nicholson Baker’s provocative new book is an attempt at mainstream literary pornography, but does it suffer from the same performance anxiety as other novelistic efforts to depict sex?

It’s A Mystery: “This was either an accident, murder or an act of nature.”

September 1, 2011

A promising new series is launched with a thoroughly captivating, quirky mystery set well off the beaten path, in a tiny village in Southern Thailand.


September 1, 2011

One of the most significant voices of the Harlem Renaissance was Jessie Redmon Fauset — novelist, essayist, translator, and editor. She’s become obscured behind many of the male writers she published, but Joanna Scutts returns her poignant work to the main stage

Three for the Boys

September 1, 2011

Newly released in paperback are three Young Adult novels aimed at that sometimes-elusive reading demographic: teen boys.

September 2011 Issue

September 1, 2011

“Do what the clouds do (for Charles Wright)”
by Charles Matson Lume

The OLM Quiz: The Autumnin’ Empire

September 1, 2011

Enjoy the fall hues of this month’s seasonally themed quiz