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Book Review: The Design in Nature

January 29th, 2012
design in nature

The originator of Constructal Theory writes another book expounding his notion that all things flow against resistance, and that everything flowing is alive.

Book Review: Iago

January 27th, 2012

One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains gets a novel of his own – is there creative life after the Bard?

Book Review: An Available Man

January 26th, 2012
an available man

A befuddled widower finds himself suddenly thrust back into the dating game in Hilma Wolitzer’s latest novel

Comics: Fear Itself

January 25th, 2012

The god of fear comes to Earth intent on stomping all over Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and company

Book Review: Death and Resurrection

January 24th, 2012
death and resurrection

A new fantasy novel from a neglected giant in the genre!

Book Review: Henry VIII

January 24th, 2012
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A masterful new biography takes Henry VIII down a peg or two

Book Review: Ben Jonson

January 22nd, 2012
ben jonson – jan 2012

A brilliant new biography of the great man of the English Renaissance

Now in Paperback: Reckless

January 21st, 2012
reckless – pru – jan 2012

A daring teen hero must risk everything to save his brother.

Interview: Christina Brooke

January 20th, 2012
heiress in love

An interview with Romance author Christina Brooke!

Book Review: Mad About the Earl

January 19th, 2012
mad about the earl

When it comes to matters of matrimony, Christina Brooke’s Ministry of Marriage will have its way, even if – in her latest novel – it means matching a ravishing beauty with a reluctant beast!

Comics: The Drops of God

January 18th, 2012
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The international hit manga series about the joys of fine wine comes to America in a series of new graphic novels

Book Review: The Evolution of Ethan Poe

January 17th, 2012
bpl – the evolution of ethan poe – january 2012

a gay teen in rural Maine deals with God, lust, and dogs in Robin Reardon’s latest novel

Book Review: The Apocryphal Gospels

January 16th, 2012
bpl – the apocryphal gospels – january 2012

They’ve been debated, debarred, and destroyed over the centuries, but the Apocryphal Gospels are still with us, and in this fantastic new edition, they speak more clearly than ever.

Classics Reissued: Fire Upon the Deep

January 14th, 2012
fire upon the deep

Vernor Vinge’s epic science fiction masterpiece gets a spiffy reprint on its twentieth anniversary!

Book Review: Spartacus: Swords and Ashes

January 14th, 2012
liam mcintyre

A new novel (tie-in with the hit TV series) gives us an adventure of the pre-rebellion Spartacus

An Interview with Carol Carr

January 13th, 2012
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A lively interview with Carol Carr, author of the ‘India Black’ novels!

Book Review: Sex and the River Styx

January 12th, 2012

The great essayist Edward Hoagland has come out with another collection of his work, one preoccupied with old age and looming mortality – and happiness, and renewal, and forest ponds.

Book Review: The Darwin Archipelago

January 11th, 2012
bpl – the darwin archipelago – 3 jan 2012

He wrote about the voyage of the Beagle, and then he wrote about the Origin of Species … but many readers don’t recall that Charles Darwin KEPT writing, generating many more books in the two decades left to him.

Anthology Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction 28

January 10th, 2012
bpl – year’s best science fiction – 3 january 2012

The living giants of science fiction stretch and subvert the fabric of imagination in the latest instalment of this legendary anthology series.

Book Review: The Deception at Lyme

January 9th, 2012
bpl – the deception at lyme – dec 2011

In Carrie Bebris’ latest Jane Austen homage, the detective duo of Mr. & Mrs. Darcy take a vacation at Lyme, a location the proves scenic, fascinating – and deadly!

Book Review: India Black and the Widow of Windsor

January 7th, 2012
bpl – india black and the widow of windsor – 3 jan 2012

High society madam and sometime-spy for the Crown, India Black investigates a threat to the life of Queen Victoria herself in Carol Carr’s latest delightful romp.

Book Review: When Passion Rules

January 7th, 2012

In Johanna Lindsey’s latest, the heiress to a distant kingdom returns home to stop a war and promptly falls into tempestuous love with the captain of the palace guard, giving whole new meanings to ‘porous borders’

Anthology Review: Cape Cod Noir

January 5th, 2012
bpl – cape cod noir – dec 2011

A noir mystery anthology takes us down the mean streets of … West Brewster?

Book Review: The Favored Queen

January 4th, 2012
the favored queen

A new novel tries to infuse life and drama into the mousy, deferential person of Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour

Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice

January 3rd, 2012
bpl – good thief’sguide to venice – dec 2011

In his latest adventure, (mostly) reformed thief Charlie Howard finds trouble in the much-storied Queen of the Adriatic.

New in Paperback: Superman Secret Origin

January 1st, 2012
look – up in the sky

A thrilling re-telling of the famous origin story of the Man of Steel


January 1st, 2012
Whitman of Tikrit

If anything’s taboo in our society it’s a thoughtful, humanistic portrait of a terrorist, which is why more established writers failed where Jarett Kobek delivers something new.

Second Glance: The Quiet One

January 1st, 2012
Second Glance: The Quiet One

Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is usually overshadowed by her sisters’ masterpieces, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, but this gripping novel, a startling exposé of Victorian patriarchy, deserves a turn in the spotlight.

On Reading a Five-Volume Biography of Prince Albert

January 1st, 2012

Maligned as nothing but handsome breeding stock, this German import did more to redefine the role of the monarchy than any subsequent royal, consort or king.

Sentimental Education

January 1st, 2012
Sentimental Education

Though most people don’t understand musical notation or the theory underlying it, nearly all classical music writing relies on it. Today, the initiate has a better option: YouTube.

American Aristocracy – Brahmin Dreams: In Search of the Capital of The World

January 1st, 2012

Boston without Brahmins, like Vienna without Jews, frames shifting capitoline visions, visions much more in the spirit than most realize of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., who actually wrote: ‘It dwarfs the mind to feed it on any localism.’


January 1st, 2012

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For Singular Consideration

January 1st, 2012

A conversation with Maureen Thorson, Open Letters’ new poetry editor, founder of NaPoWriMo, and publisher of Big Game Books

Devil Twins

January 1st, 2012

Is Don DeLillo’s short game as good as his long? Is it better? His first collection of short fiction — or is it his first? — offers occasion to take the much-lauded writer’s measure.


January 1st, 2012
Me with Patriot

“I’ve never been terribly attracted to pretty things in general. Pretty and bland seem synonymous to me, and there’s certainly a lot of that in the art world already.” — a conversation with Bill Amundson

It’s a Mystery: “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery”

January 1st, 2012

P.D. James takes on Jane Austen: a match made in elite whodunit heaven.


January 1st, 2012

James Madison was more cautious and purposeful than the temperamental Hamilton or the effusive Jefferson. Indeed, to paraphrase Brookhiser, Hamilton was a rocket, Jefferson was a kite, Madison was a ballast.

“The Desire for Motion”: Tagore’s Three Voices

January 1st, 2012

Prince of the Bengali renaissance, internationally feted poet, composer, painter, educator — why don’t we know Rabindranath Tagore today? And will a new book open our eyes?

Last Month’s Issue

January 1st, 2012

A new history of China, the year’s reading highlights, who was Terence Rattigan?, who was Horace?, mainstream perfumes!, a new James Bond, new fiction, and the end of the end of A Year with the Windsors

January 2012 Issue

January 1st, 2012
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Bill Amundson
“The Promised Land”

The OLM Quiz: Last Days!

January 1st, 2012

Before the Mayan prophets have the last word, try this month’s Open Letters quiz!