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Book Review: 1781

November 27th, 2011
1781 – oct 2011

A flinty new account of a pivotal year in the American Revolution

Book Review: Reprobates

November 25th, 2011

They were for King, country, and courtesans – not necessarily in that order! They were the Cavaliers, and a spirited new book tells their story.

Book Review: Catherine the Great

November 19th, 2011
catherine the great

She nearly doubled the size of the Russian empire, she debated with philosophers, she endowed the first women’s college in Russia, and she was a beloved mother to her people for 34 years – and she had a steady stream of lovers through it all. She was Catherine the Great.

Now in Paperback: Napoleon

November 15th, 2011

Arcade Publishing re-issues Frank McLynn’s merrily magnificent biography of that pestiferous little Corsican!

Book Review: The Romulan War

November 10th, 2011
star trek the romulan war part 2

Two new linked “Star Trek” novels dramatize a pivotal event in the fictional universe of the beloved TV show – Earth’s first war with the Romulans!

Book Review: Venice Disputed

November 9th, 2011
glorification of the barbaro family

A beautifully illustrated examination of one Venetian nobleman’s life-long wrangling with the experts over the public face of the Queen of the Adriatic.

Book Review: The Goblin King

November 8th, 2011
goblin king prequel

A new romance makes beefcake from the least likely material imaginable, treasure-hunting goblins

Classics Reissued: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

November 5th, 2011
rise and fall of the third reich anniversary edition

One of the greatest works of 20th century – and of all time – gets a handsome paperback reprint as it turns 50.

Now in Paperback: Evolution – The First Four Billion Years

November 3rd, 2011
evolution the first four billion years – tp – 1 nov 2011

A gigantic new paperback examines every nook and cranny of Darwin’s famous theory, still controversial after 150 years.

Classics Reissued: The Once and Future King

November 1st, 2011
the once and future king

T. H. White’s towering, sad, uplifting tale of King Arthur, Merlyn, Guenever, and Lancelot gets a beautiful Penguin reprint

Classics Reissued: Lucretius

November 1st, 2011

A handsome re-issue of the best English-language translation of Lucretius’ famous (and famously scatter-brained) poem

Desultory Vivacity

November 1st, 2011

Does marriage mean much anymore? Does the novel? Jeffrey Eugenides sets out to reinvent the classic literary story—but can he combine the style and the substance of the greats he hopes to update to our times?

Lee Miller’s Eye

November 1st, 2011

Lee Miller, known for a hundred years as Man Ray’s muse, comes into her own in a new book and exhibit. What’s she like?

An American in China

November 1st, 2011

A meticulously-researched rendition of the horrifying massacres that comprised the “Rape of Nanjing” is the backdrop for Ha Jin’s latest telegraphic and affecting novel.

The Personal Was Always the Political

November 1st, 2011
The Personal Was Always the Political

Vivian Gornick’s biography of Emma Goldman focuses more on the famous anarchist’s love life than her political ideologies–but might those tumultuous relationships offer new insights into her beliefs?

A Heartbeat Away

November 1st, 2011
Dick Cheney

John Nance Garner famously referred to the vice presidency as being not worth a bucket of warm, er, spit – and yet, during the two terms of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney used that office to wield unprecedented power. The former vice president writes an unapologetic memoir.

Oz Discovered without Ns or Ls

November 1st, 2011

a poem

There Will Be No More Great Ideas

November 1st, 2011

Robert Musil’s magnum opus The Man Without Qualities was groundbreaking not because it’s unfinished but because it’s unfinishable. A new study attempts to take scope of its deep and mesmerizing pointlessness.

The Restful “I”: Rumi, Psychology, and the Discovery of Love

November 1st, 2011

The 12th-century Sufi poet Rumi is said to have re-created himself as an avatar of love. Chase Nordengren explores the stations on the life cycle that lead to such a radical rebirth.

Real Illusions

November 1st, 2011
John Cotter and John Bonath, October 2011

“You’ve got to learn the language of art to be able to appreciate it. And then, where you go with it, what you see with it, is only limited to your own imagination.”– A conversation with cover artist John Bonath

The Hero of His Own Life?

November 1st, 2011

It’s easy to love the Dickens we think we know–the man whose warm compassion and boundless imagination gave us Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Pip and Magwitch, Oliver Twist and Nancy. But what about the man behind the novels? Claire Tomalin’s magisterial new biography brings us up close and personal.

It’s a Mystery: “A Father’s No Shield for His Child”

November 1st, 2011

A gripping thriller, the debut collaborative work from a duo of Danish writers, is the first in a trilogy you won’t soon forget.

Skulking in the Sewers

November 1st, 2011

Umberto Eco’s potboiling new novel The Prague Cemetery was denounced in Europe for anti-Semitism, and then went on to become a best-seller. Is the controversy valid? What strange creation has Eco brought forth?

In Lieu of a Drink

November 1st, 2011

Provocative public intellectual/muckraker Christopher Hitchens offers an enormous volume of collected essays and articles, probably his last.

The Steward

November 1st, 2011

He’s been waiting for the throne longer than any Prince of Wales before him, and he’s changed the nature of the monarchy while he’s been waiting. But will we ever see King Charles III? ‘A Year with the Windsors’ takes a look at the heir.

Set Sail, Come Home

November 1st, 2011

On the surface, the new RPG Bastion is a fairly straightforward hack-and-slash video game—but a complex narrative back-story reveals some hidden depths.

Last Month

November 1st, 2011
Last Month

Alan Hollinghurst’s latest; an essay from Douglass Shand-Tucci; Sargent’s El Jaleo reconsidered; António Lobo Antunes’ thrillers; Ben Lerner’s latest; vintage scents; Akilah Oliver’s final volume and far more….

The OLM Quiz: From All Saints Day to Thanksgiving

November 1st, 2011

This month’s quiz has scoured the archives for November-based literary trivia. Do your worst!

November 2011 Issue

November 1st, 2011
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from “A Strange Beauty”
by John Bonath