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A withdrawn, melancholy novel set in Havana's Barrio Chino and concerned with how the biggest Chinatown in Latin America came to be and then to pass away with Castro's restrictions on private property; by a Cuban-American writer who is a natural student of families scattered around the earth. By Brooks Hansen. The island chosen for Napoleon's final exile lends its hermetic isolation to Hansen's novel, in which a defeated, domesticated Bonaparte plays with children and writes his memoirs while his presence intrudes on the local haunt, a Portuguese traitor stranded many years before.
By Norman Rush. A long comic novel with long, nutty digressions whose hero, a C. By Peter Carey. This brisk, prankish novel by the author of ''True History of the Kelly Gang,'' constructed on classical Ripping Yarn lines, proposes a Frankensteinian monster in the form of an Australian poet, Bob McCorkle, who is the creation of another Australian poet, Christopher Chubb, invented in part to embarrass Chubb's editors. Whereupon a real-life person called Bob McCorkle appears ex nihilo and proves to be a better poet than his creator, whose daughter he appropriates.
By Jhumpa Lahiri. This first novel by Lahiri, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning ''Interpreter of Maladies,'' is a mild, graceful study in dissonance: its Indian-American hero, Gogol Ganguli, is afflicted with a name that feels profoundly alien and seems committed to wafting haphazardly through life. By Thomas Keneally. This fictional chronicle of the sentimental education of a priest mixes elements of melodrama, murder mystery and theological treatise, all of them swirling around an earnest young curate whose indiscretions bring scandal to the church and a killer to his confessional box.
By Tobias Wolff. Wolff's first novel, which greatly resembles his life as he has told it in two books of memoirs, concerns a prep school boy, his lower-middle, partly Jewish background disguised, who is obsessed with both writing and dissembling -- activities that have a great deal in common.
By Susanna Moore. A fine historical and political novel, recorded by Lady Eleanor Oliphant, sister to the governor general of India in the 's; its grand set piece is a state visit to the Punjab to ally with a maharajah. Everything goes wrong in Afghanistan, though, and terrible things are seen by those with the courage to look. By Lisa Dierbeck. A sober first novel that overturns the traditional optimism of the coming-of-age story; things get worse and worse for Alice Duncan, a prematurely developed year-old who is neglected, coerced and used as the fantasy object of some quite unpleasant adults.
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This installment in Salter's lifework is formal in manner, modern in matter sonograms and satellite hookups appear. By Paul Auster. Immediately stories begin to proliferate, right from the bottom of the page upward, in a stew of creation and discovery, communication and concealment. By Margaret Atwood. Atwood returns to a dystopian future in this bleak novel about a man who may be the last human remaining on postapocalyptic earth. By David Guterson. An eccentric, accomplished novel concerning a teenage runaway, Ann Holmes, who wanders into the Pacific Northwest rain forest in November and sees a vision of the Virgin Mary.
Small, wet and weedy-looking, Ann has been a druggie, a hippie and a rape victim; nevertheless, some thousand followers come to watch her watching the Virgin in North Fork, Wash. By Jonathan Wilson. The prenatal injuries that would mark the birth and life of Israel are dramatized in this novel, set in 's Palestine, through three characters: a thoroughly British Jew who joins the police; a painter, also British and Jewish, who compromises his art; and the painter's wife, a non-Jewish American Zionist.
By William Gibson. Gibson's elegant, entrancing seventh novel concerns a supersmart woman, a freelance marketing consultant who covers the globe looking for the next big salable fad, trying all along to solve the disappearance of her father, a retired C. By Andrew O'Hagan.
This meditative novel, the author's second, is the chronicle of a Scottish family of Italian descent whose past is rich with complex incident; now Maria, a wildly talented singer at 13, is threatened with reduction to a media personality, all her own characteristics eradicated and a TV image posted in their place. By Penelope Lively. An engaging novel the author's 13th whose hero, a landscape historian, finds in a closet a snapshot that suggests adultery by his wife now dead and her brother-in-law; the more he investigates the dead woman, the more she seems insubstantial when alive, a fluffy creature, casting no shadow and scarcely attached to the ground.
By Michael Pye. A tough, mature, difficult but brilliantly paced novel in which a woman in Nazi Berlin accepts Jews' valuable possessions to safeguard them, then appropriates them and slopes off to Switzerland. Nemesis arrives 60 years later when a woman spots and remembers a piece of family furniture. By Siddhartha Deb. A first novel whose hero, an Indian veterinarian and public servant, a true believer in progress and public works, finds himself repeatedly on the wrong side of history in the intolerant, irrational and corrupt nation of real life.
By Margaret Leroy. This unhappy-family novel starts with a middle-class idyll and it's downhill from there as an 8-year-old daughter falls ill and then iller; a mother's dark secret -- the girl was put in an orphanage for her own rotten mother's convenience -- seems to be generating her daughter's sickness. By Valerie Martin. Set in and around antebellum New Orleans, this novel turns on sexual rivalries and power struggles involving a boorish planter; his enraged wife, who hates him; and an accomplished, beautiful slave woman who belongs to the wife but has also borne a child to the husband.
By Meghan Daum. A fine comic first novel in which misguided fantasy betrays a young New York television journalist, first by sending her to the Midwest, where folks are simple and good, then by orders from New York to do a lifestyle series on the simple, good folk. By Neal Stephenson. Nine hundred pages of dizzying complexity -- rich with bibliographies, time lines and mathematical diagrams -- that delve into the philosophy, economics and wars of the 17th and 18th centuries, and serve as a prequel to the cyberpunk world of Stephenson's earlier fiction.
By Alan Lightman. A small-college professor, attending his 30th college reunion, vividly and at length recalls his first passionate love affair with a ballerina! By Barbara Gowdy. Obsession knows no greater exponent than Louise, narrator and protagonist of this adroit novel that refuses to honor the claims of adulthood. Abandoned by her mother at 9, Louise soon falls madly in love with another family's mother, then with that mother's adopted son, and remains consciously faithful to her doomed love ever after. By John Mortimer. For a while it looked as though Horace Rumpole, Mortimer's curmudgeonly London barrister, might have breathed his last in this collection, in which he defends his usual assortment of eccentric clients.
By Richard Price. A sprawling cast of cinematic characters, often little people who command feeling for a moment, then vanish, surrounds the two chief characters of this urban North Jersey novel, in which the beating of a television writer is investigated by an old friend turned police detective. By Leslie Epstein. A heartbreaking Hollywood novel whose catastrophe is the death of the narrator's father, a screenwriter, after a chat with HUAC.
But its focus is the narrator's brother, who is not right in the head and requires constant monitoring. By Charles Baxter. Circumstances, alternately aggravating and ameliorating, seem to be in control of a young married-with-baby couple's life in this quite irreverent novel, which shows throughout a healthy contempt for youth and its sometimes forthright admiration of self.
By James Carroll. The cold war and a father-and-son dyad, recalling in the events of in Berlin, generate the elaborate plot of this political thriller in which a missing roll of film seems to portend a new world war. Edited by Daniel Anderson. Twelve years after Nemerov's death, the editor's selections trace his career from would-be modernist to godfather of the New Formalists and winner of just about every poetry prize.
By Matt Ruff. A heavily populated novel its two principal characters, Andrew and Penny, suffer from multiple personality disorder. When Andrew's personalities begin to riot, he and they hit the dangerous road for his childhood home while Penny does her best to keep up. By Jane Stevenson. The second novel in an intended historical trilogy; in this installment, Balthasar son of a black father and cousin, by some fatal arrangement, of Charles II of England and Aphra Behn, British proto-novelist and spy, encounter each other in a modern drama of displacement and self-invention set in the later 17th century.
By Cathleen Schine. A skillful domestic comedy full of cancer victims and short tempers whose title refers to the frightening probability of growing up to become our mothers. One major character is an expert on ''Madame Bovary''; she is trying to develop a Bovary movie treatment, while nearly everyone has one or more symptoms of Flaubertian adultery. By Scott Spencer. In the author's eighth novel he reprises the theme of consuming love, this time in the form of an affair between well-adjusted adults told from both perspectives, and asks whether that love isn't worth the suffering it causes to those around them.
By Louis Begley. Not fame, not wealth, not even a French mistress can fend off the midlife writer's crisis that plagues Begley's latest protagonist, a celebrated author who evokes the familiar contradictions of Begley's lawyer character, Schmidt, but none of the sympathy. By John Banville. The protagonist of ''Shroud,'' based on Paul de Man, the posthumously disgraced star of deconstructive criticism, dreads his exposure in his own lifetime as the author of Nazi-era anti-Semitic journalism; the worst of it is that he didn't really write that stuff, though he is living under the name of the man who did.
Barry Unsworth. A modern retelling of Euripides' ''Iphigenia in Aulis,'' in which seers struggle to see which god is holding up the invasion of Troy while Odysseus, a scheming political animal, works to unite the Greek forces to preserve his chance of looting Troy and dying rich. By Joseph O'Connor. By Bruce Wagner. Third of a series in what Wagner calls his ''cellphone trilogy,'' this hip, angry, funny and humane novel set in Hollywood employs the clinical apparatus that dissects the lives of major stars on nobodies as well -- for example, a year-old aspirant who looks like Drew Barrymore and whose major breakthrough is being cast as a cadaver.
By Courtney Angela Brkic. A spare, poignant first story collection based on the author's experience on a forensic team investigating mass graves in Bosnia in ; she writes boldly from the viewpoints of her characters: men and women, soldiers of all religions, everyone touched by the Balkan tragedy. By Molly Moynahan. Moynahan's second novel is about grief, but no ordinary grief. Its narrator, Alice McGuire, can be exasperated by commonplace frustrations, but as events turn darker she recoils from conventional sentiment; when her boyfriend is killed in Mexico, she dismisses the irrevocable and takes up arguing about forgiveness and helping prisoners write poetry.
By Gil Courtemanche. A wonderfully rich portrait of fear and love set against the backdrop of Rwanda in the mid's, where a burned-out correspondent finds it easier to drift along than risk becoming too involved in ''the hopelessness of living. By Roxana Robinson. In Robinson's third novel, questions of personality and self-esteem in an undemonstrative woman arise for a widowed environmental specialist who maintains a probationary approach to her second marriage.
By Annie Proulx. Proulx's new novel follows the destiny of Bob Dollar, abandoned at 8 on a Denver doorstep, through the high plains of Texas and Oklahoma, where he seeks locations for hog factories until he encounters the real folks who live there and is caught up in their yarns and legends. By Max Ludington. This entertaining first novel hits the road with Jason, Ludington's year-old narrator, who joins a troupe of nomads following the Grateful Dead in the fall of , relishing casual hygiene and bootleg tapes, and worshiping Jerry Garcia.
By Richard Powers. This dazzling, difficult novel, Powers's eighth, follows the lives of a talented mixed he Jewish, she black couple in America from about on; their sufferings are reflected in musical and scientific developments. By Pete Dexter. Set in 's Los Angeles, where real life was basically film noir, this novel of harsh, precise everyday violence by the author of the scary novel ''Paris Trout'' involves a cynical detective, a young woman who surely deserves better than what she gets and a black caddie, nearly 18, who is nice to animals and serves as the book's moral center.
By Julie Hecht. The narrator of Julie Hecht's first novel, a photographer of some repute and the owner of a tone of voice that mocks her own narcissism, suffers a feeling of disensoulment, a consequence of her long attachment to a man much younger than herself who has committed suicide. By DBC Pierre. A first novel that is smart, ridiculous and funny even though it is nourished chiefly by the Columbine High massacre of ; its year-old protagonist, whose best friend has killed 16 classmates, is the focus of the town's lust for retribution.
By Charles Simic. Tidy, blunt verses whose moral vision is rooted in an appreciation of the absurd, a surrealism of a sort that is always in position to raise existential questions about daily life. By Alan S. A tale of romance, adventure and the redemption of a war correspondent, Joe Shelby, a cynical hack determined to conquer England's highest peak, and in the process tame a worsening neurological disorder; by a veteran correspondent for The Times. By Jonathan Raban. Both a kind of historical novel and domestic drama, ''Waxwings,'' set in Seattle in , ostensibly concerns a writer accused of child abduction, but its most real presence is a Chinese contractor, an illegal immigrant who bosses a team of illegal Mexicans.
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Rooted in the author's family history, a novel of the Persian Gulf war follows a young Army sergeant as he gradually perfects the emotional hollowness that allows him to live with all that he has seen and done in Iraq, as well as with the exquisite awareness of his own expendability. By Siri Hustvedt. A generous, engaged philosophical novel, set in the New York art world with its vanities and corruptions, and developing such propositions as the impress of one personality on another, the instability of sexual identity, the passage of the world through people's thoughts and lives.
Notes on a Scandal. A year-old teacher has an affair with a year-old boy in this darkly comic novel; a no-nonsense spinster colleague and narrator tries to account for this behavior in a book that focuses on the rift between perception and truth. By Elmore Leonard. All of Leonard's talents for hard-boiled fiction -- the sadism, the sex and especially the deadpan vernacular -- are on display in his second collection of short stories.
The bookish Frederica Potter, protagonist of this fourth novel in a series that began 25 years ago, lives by interviewing many and various savants on television, allowing the entry of much arcane information into the novel and unleashing the author's satirical powers in every which direction. By Meg Wolitzer. A light-footed, streamlined novel that rushes in to shed new heat on old themes like gender, writing and identity; Joan Castleman gives up her writing career to service that of her husband, Joe, a jerk of many flavors, and Wolitzer deploys a calm, seamless humor over the agony.
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Wildly popular in Russia, Akunin's detective novels, set in czarist times, offer entertainment to readers fatigued with official truths. This one concerns Fandorin, a young officer of good family who catches the case of another such who seems to have died playing what they call ''American roulette'' with a revolver. By Martin Amis. The awful people in Amis's current excursion include an actor and writer who sacrifices political correctness and becomes an antifeminist because of a brain injury; a vicious journalist who hates women and excuses rape, apparently because he is genitally underendowed; and a king of England, Henry IX, a good-natured fellow who suffers from his boring job and a shocking invasion of his daughter's privacy.
By David Lipsky. Lipsky, sent by Rolling Stone to write on West Point, followed it at length, finding young people at the academy about as hedonistic as others their age but also deeply committed to duty, honor, courage, discipline and, if necessary, dying for others. By Michael Sims. An endlessly amusing essay, in the spirit if not the manner of Browne and Burton, on the visible human body and all the lore attached to it since the beginning; by a journalist who got the idea while immobilized by surgery. By Steven Brill. Brill sets out, John Hersey fashion, to comprehend America's reaction to the terror attack by visiting the viewpoints of those he interviews: officials, lawyers, politicians of course, but regular folk as well; he discerns a peculiar American tendency for special interests to work together in time of crisis.
By Peter Ackroyd. An ingenious essay in cultural anthropology that tries to define its subject through art and literature, without respect to the disciplines of history; for Ackroyd, ''Beowulf'' informs Milton, whether he read it or not, and the same English music is heard in Dowland and Britten, Constable and Blake. By Stephen Kinzer. A lively popular history, by a Times correspondent, of the coup that swept aside Iran's nationalist prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh, who emerges as the book's enigmatic hero.
By Craig R. In examining the lives of master organists and organ builders, the author, an assistant managing editor at The Times, reveals what it's like to command an instrument the size of a minor European principality, and investigates the effect over time on the human ego. By Nuala O'Faolain. Picking up where ''Are You Somebody'' left off, O'Faolain's second memoir finds her middle-aged and more settled but no less introspective as she bluntly examines her loveless childhood, a fragile new relationship with a divorced father and even the perils of memoirs.
By Sally Denton. A gripping account of the ambush in southern Utah that claimed the lives of some members of a California-bound wagon train, and of the evidence pointing to its probable perpetrators. By Gail Collins. From Eleanor Dare Virginia's mother to Betty Friedan, a celebration by the editorial page editor of The Times; it's not so much about how women have shaped America as vice versa, especially when national adversity offered them the chance to expand their ambits and horizons.
This memoir by a celebrated chef recounts a culinary coming-of-age, from the hunger pangs of wartime France to the job as personal cook to Charles de Gaulle to the passage to America that would give rise to the author's unabashed partiality for Oreos, Jell-O and iceberg lettuce -- though not, dare we hope, combined. By Geoffrey Wolff. This biography by a fellow fiction writer who has himself endured rejections and editing goes far toward redeeming O'Hara from the the ranks of the impossible and placing him among the merely very difficult. By Fay Weldon. The author of a couple of dozen novels in breezy prose pauses to tell her own story, in which an intrepid, no-nonsense woman survives paternal abandonment, earthquake, World War II and a long heritage of dotty ancestors, many of whom were compulsive scribblers of novels, stories and movie scripts.
By Stefan Kanfer. A swift, judicious biography of the bold, beautiful clown who arrived in television land in with ''I Love Lucy,'' which ran for six years and is running on cable to this day. By Allison Glock. A slim, winning family memoir that stars Glock's late grandmother, a beautiful, vivacious West Virginian who had Hollywood written all over her, but didn't leave home until near the end of her life.
View all New York Times newsletters. By Walter Isaacson. A full-length portrait of the many-minded, long-lived writer, diplomat, scientist and much, much more; crisply written in the intervals of Isaacson's day jobs as managing editor at Time and head of CNN. By Elaine Pagels. Pagels, whose ''Gnostic Gospels'' explored the discovery in of ancient Christian texts in Egypt, revisits the suppressed Gospels and their potential for shaping a different, more diverse Christianity.
By George Howe Colt. For five generations of Brahmins, including the author, an eccentric summer home on Cape Cod remained a fixed point on the family compass; faced with the house's impending sale, Colt affectionately deconstructs the sacred place. By Steve Hodel. Hodel, a retired Los Angeles cop, coolly makes the case that his deceased father -- a doctor, a dabbler in art and a man of the world -- was also the Black Dahlia killer, who stalked 's Los Angeles. By Mike Freeman. Freeman, a sports reporter for The Times, presents an assortment of profiles, off-the-field stories and eye-popping statistics -- all anchored by the author's passionate belief in the spirit and resilience of the game.
By Paul Fussell. Tapping published and unpublished memoirs as well as his own experience, Fussell, a veteran and an award-winning war historian, looks unflinchingly at the ill-fated G. By Peter Balakian. A sweeping, unremitting description of the killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire; American public opinion was galvanized and aid sent, but state interests militated against intervention. By Bob Woodward. A remarkable day-by-day account from inside the White House of the campaign to oust the Taliban from Afghanistan and the internal argument over a pre-emptive strike against Iraq; Woodward's extraordinary access reveals a patchwork of ideas held together by a supremely confident president.
By Fiona MacCarthy. This zillionth life of Byron finds that in his heart he was gay. But even if not, the author's analysis of his romantic history and his suicidal financial conduct help explain why people in the 's regarded him with both awe and horror. By Linda Colley. A historian's intensive study of the ''captivity narratives'' that arose first from British exploration, then supremacy, in far distant lands; the captivity theme that dominated ''Gulliver's Travels'' arose again and again as British power spread itself thin and encountered occasional humiliation.
By Robert K. Continuing his own ''Dreadnought'' of , this elegant writer pursues World War I at sea, most sharply focused on the Battle of Jutland in May , the closest approach history would ever provide to the forthright slugging match the dreadnought fleets were invented for; it was indecisive. By George Crile. A behind-the-scenes chronicle, by a veteran television producer, of a congressman's provision of vast financial support to the anti-Soviet side in 's Afghanistan. By Benita Eisler. Seeking to untangle the paradoxical relationship between the shy, fragile pianist and the passionate sexual outlaw and novelist George Sand, Eisler's book underscores Chopin's illness and Sand's nursing skills, and sees a mutual attraction arising from their voracious appetite for work.
By James Glanz and Eric Lipton. Glanz and Lipton, both Times reporters, tell a fascinating story from several sides, including the legal and political maneuvers that ushered in the World Trade Center and the engineering innovations that secured its completion. By Arthur Gelb. A memoir of life at The New York Times by one who spent nearly 50 years there, rising from copy boy to managing editor; he has the power to evoke whole generations of change in the news business, reaching back to the glorious postwar years of manual typewriters, chain smokers and all-nighters.
By Barbara Freese. An engrossing account of the comparatively cheap, usually dirty fuel that supported the Industrial Revolution, inspired the building of canals and railroads to move it and once made London and Pittsburgh famous for the quallity of their air. By Colson Whitehead. An engaging, ambitious author takes his shot at the cityness of New York in this short, dense tour de force of shifting voices and points of view in a town that changes faster than its inhabitants can follow.
By Amanda Hesser. A smart, charming look at a Manhattan romance through the lens of the author's chief preoccupation; Hesser's book, which originated as a column in The New York Times Magazine, addresses a provocative question: does eternal love require similar tastes? By Emily W. An accomplished study of the movie star and his era, and of how he altered forever the electric charges of both men and women in with ''The Sheik. By Paul Theroux. The youngest curmudgeon grows older: Theroux turns 60 during this arduous trek and seems to resent it in a narrative suffused with ruin and oblivion; he remains a mighty myth deflator and a master at the humor of ill humor.
By Charles Bowden. A grim exploration, seven years in the making, of crime on both sides of the Rio Grande at El Paso, organized around the murder of a man who may have been killed only because his brother was an officer of the Drug Enforcement Agency. By Karl E. A veteran journalist and scholar revisits the playing fields of the ''great game,'' where Russia and Britain met and blocked each other in a tussle for influence that isn't over yet. By Peter Galison. Relativity once more, in a sparkling adventure with the French mathematician who reordered the world's time and the Swiss government patent clerk who realized that nothing could change the speed of light.
By Helen Sheehy. A smart, industrious, passionate biography of a great figure scarcely anyone now living ever saw, an international superstar in works by Sardou, Zola, Verga and Dumas fils, a sexual adventurer of some note and a willing helper to younger performers. By Niall Ferguson. A young British historian argues that the empire did a lot of good and prevented a lot of evil, and invites the United States to reflect on the possibilities of its global reach.
Written and illustrated by Richard Ellis. Ellis combines his narrative skills and his illustrator's hand to present an eloquent account of maritime tragedies wrought by human overuse and abuse, most of it offshore and out of sight. By Susan Braudy. A powerful narrative that unspools a dreadful episode in lefter-than-thou political activism and revolutionary frustration: Kathy Boudin's part in the killing of two police officers and a Brink's guard in an armored car robbery in , after a decade spent underground.
By Marina Warner. A sprightly, imaginative, playful, fabulously informed public meditation on change: mutating, hatching, splitting, doubling and carrying on. By Greg Critser. Americans have increased their daily average intake by calories in two decades, Critser says.
And the food industry has helped them by discovering ways to get people to eat more and feel good about it. By Calvin Trillin. By Maxine Hong Kingston. Compounding fiction with memory, as she did in ''The Woman Warrior,'' Kingston transmutes a manuscript she lost in a firestorm into part of this book, which presents hope as an obligation, set over against the despair so easily generated by the conduct of man and nature.
By Don Van Natta Jr. Van Natta, an investigative reporter for The Times, shows just how much presidential time has been spent ignoring affairs of state and chasing a little white ball around instead. By Peter Pringle. A fine survey of the battles over genetically altered food, with a colorful cast of academics, activists and corporate suits; Pringle also weighs in with his own admonitions to all sides.
By John McPhee. A short personal encyclopedia of a wonderful annual fish, teaching shad history together with shad geography, shad behavior, shad statistics and shad appreciation, wrapped up in McPhee's usual intensely vivid prose. By Jim Sterba. A charming memoir of Sterba's courtship and marriage to Frances FitzGerald and summer life in Maine, versatile enough to cover Sterba's experiences as an Asian correspondent for The Times and FitzGerald's own stand against lobster consumption ''out of context.
By Leo Braudy. A sweeping examination of the intimate link between war and manhood as society has construed it since the Middle Ages; Braudy reads Al Qaeda as the mortal thrashings of a dying order. By Pascal Khoo Thwe. A powerful portrait of his suffering nation, Myanmar, virtually sealed off from the rest of the world for most of the last 40 years, by a sensitive Burmese writer who was lucky enough to escape. By Fareed Zakaria. The editor of Newsweek International updates Tocqueville's critique of popular government, expanding its reach to the world; unlike Tocqueville, he does not see independent countervailing social institutions containing democracy's excesses.
By Roger Angell. An anthology from 40 years of writing by the foremost interpreter of baseball of our time or our fathers' time he's now in his 80's ; it is the next best thing to being in the bleachers, except when it is better than being in the bleachers. Bizot, a French ethnologist seized by Cambodian rebels in , recalls peculiar daily chat sessions over politics and philosophy with his chief captor, an obviously dangerous man who later ran one of the Khmer Rouge's ghastliest killing fields; after three months, Bizot was given an all-night farewell party and released.
By Stephen W. A vivid, panoramic overview of the remarkable Union victory, by a veteran Civil War historian who finds many of the clues to its outcome in the sequence of events leading to battle. By Hilary Spurling. A biographer illuminates the brilliant, beautiful, industrious woman who knew everybody in literary London; the model for Julia in '','' she was Orwell's wife for the last 14 weeks of his life and his executor ever after. By Hilary Mantel. A dark tale of extravagant consequences and loathed transformations by a distinguished novelist and critic whose life was permanently compromised by misdiagnosis and foolish medication in her youth.
And her mother was awful too. Mantel is still furious, and well able to say why. By Adam Nicolson. A study of the committee of scholars and bishops that produced the English Bible, a work whose language soars far above any of the more accurate translations that have succeeded it. By Chip Brown. A searching biography, by a journalist, of Guy Waterman, a Republican suburbanite who became a born-again mountaineer in midlife, taking the White Mountains as his backyard; in February , at 67, he killed himself by going outdoors and lying down in the cold. By Robert Hughes. A dazzling account of Goya's dark genius, informed by the author's own worse-than-death experience after a car crash; he sees Goya as able, more than any 20th-century artist, to ''make eloquent and morally urgent art out of human disaster,'' his pessimism confirmed by a mysterious illness and by the dismal history of Spain in the 18th century, much aggravated by foreigners in the Napoleonic era.
By Daniel Okrent. Nobody loved it in , when it was still only an idea; now it's more of an ideal, an integrated cityscape that works. Okrent retells some old stories very well, and displays a large cast of visionaries, artisans and schemers who were present at the creation. By Paul Krugman. Three years of blunt, efficient writing by a Times columnist and Princeton economics professor radicalized by the presidency of George W. By Christopher Benfey. A scholar and critic, naming the names and telling the stories, sorts out the maze of interpenetration that sprang up between Japan and the West after Perry's ships came in ; they got modern weapons and universities, we got an aesthetic revolution.
By Jason Goodwin. An English historian and travel writer confronts the dazzling proposition that America became rich because people believed in their money, which was made from paper and encouraged speedy spending. By Samuel Hynes. A memoir by the author of ''Flights of Passage'' of his Midwestern youth, in which he trained to be a man by being first a boy; it ends with the year-old Hynes saying farewell to his father and waiting for the train that will carry him to World War II.
By Anne Applebaum. Applebaum, a columnist for The Washington Post, is one of those who think Hitler and Stalin merit the same opprobrium. Using archival material Solzhenitsyn never saw, she supports his analysis of Stalin: Lenin written larger. By Norman Manea. Should a distinguished Romanian novelist return from exile in New York? Manea did, after receiving a push from his mother's ghost; a kaleidoscopic excursion into his recent and remote yesterdays results, and he is able to say Kaddish at her grave.
By Michael Korda. Korda's second memoir is driven by a love story, one woven through with amusing digressions that evoke the emotion connected not so much to the animals as to the people for whom the animals are everything. By Elizabeth Cohen. Was Cohen downhearted when her Alzheimered father was shipped to her? When her husband abandoned her and their baby? You bet! But from chaos, with help from the neighbors, she made this frank, funny, nonexploitative memoir.
By Adam Bellow. In this thorough social history, Adam Bellow, a son of novelist Saul Bellow, defines nepotism more broadly, defending our less-than-perfect meritocracy as ''both natural and necessary. By Helen Stevenson. Stevenson's beguiling account of her personal and professional coming-of-age in an unnamed town in France's remote South, where she falls in love with a handsome dentist, manages to be both graceful and intensely colored. By John Keegan. How useful is espionage in war? Keegan, a military historian, presents several cleareyed case studies, measuring the contribution that intelligence made to victory, with heroic legends often giving way to duller truths.
By Thomas Powers. Essays originally book reviews by the biographer of Richard Helms, assessing intelligence history in the light of disclosures in the last decade and settling for now some ancient controversies about spies, conspiracies, moles and the like. By Eric Hobsbawm. A distinguished historian who lived to be virtually the last Communist in Britain explains himself and his years as a believer. Though he was deceived, he was not a fool, and his book provides a marvelous account of how it felt to be an intelligent Communist in the age of Stalin.
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A concise, penetrating examination of the construction of an entirely new Japan after Perry's visit in ; in the headlong course of making itself modern, Japan borrowed many authoritarian, even fascist, habits of thought, many of them left in place after By Gerald Sorin. A life of the eminent critic and socialist who died in , after a youth of rigid Trotskyism and a maturity that widened his perspectives but kept his intensity intact.
By James Gleick. Color, detail and narrative flow are all nicely handled in this life of the discoverer of the optics of color, the laws of motion, universal gravitation and the calculus -- a man whose life has resisted scrutiny because he was reclusive by nature and evaded criticism by going incommunicado. By Anthony Swofford. A hair-raising memoir that captures the hilarity, tedium and loneliness of the prewar deployment, followed by the appalling, astonishing experience of combat itself, in which terror and joy were one.
By Evan Thomas. A fascinating life of the reckless adventurer whose mad-dog pugnacity during the Revolution won fights at sea that a sane man would have bent on all sail to avoid. By Jason Kersten. A spare, understated account of two inexperienced young men from around Boston who camped out in the New Mexico desert with three pints of water between them and got lost. The Day the World Exploded: August 27, By Simon Winchester. A brilliantly rendered narrative of one of the biggest volcanic explosions in recorded history; Winchester, trained as a geologist, identifies the massive forces at work and tallies the 36, deaths, caused not by lava and noxious gases but by seismic sea waves.
By Diane Ravitch. Education is so squeezed by ''bias and sensitivity panels,'' Ravitch argues in this persuasive study, that what started as an admirable attempt to balance instruction has evolved into censorship. By Michael Shapiro. An engaging chronicle of the Dodgers' season, their next-to-last in Brooklyn, and a sympathetic defense of the team's owner, Walter O'Malley, whose unsuccessful quest for a new stadium ended with the team's departure for Los Angeles.
By Melissa Fay Greene. Greene's subject is a coal-mining accident that took place in October beneath Springhill, Nova Scotia. Nineteen men survived in pockets, to be rescued by fellow workers; Greene notes that television made the event the first mass-consumption disaster. By Gardner Botsford. Botsford's lively memoir of growing up as a New Yorker covers his experiences in World War II, but revolves mainly around his years at The New Yorker and the magazine's turbulent internal power struggles. By Sherwin B. Nuland, a distinguished surgeon and medical writer, counts the cost of success in this memoir about becoming an assimilated second-generation American from a home dominated by his angry, altogether unassimilable Orthodox Jewish father.
By John D'Emilio. A historian's life of the gay black man he perceives as the ''master strategist of social change,'' who organized the March on Washington for civil rights in and formulated procedures for Martin Luther King. By David A. A solid, absorbing history of Jamestown founded , the first English-speaking colony in North America to survive. Its hero is John Smith, but not the same old John Smith; this one is a student of Machiavelli and soldier of fortune who was just what Jamestown needed, especially to deal with the Indians.
By Madeleine Albright. A memoir unlike any other by a secretary of state, focusing as much on Albright's voyage of personal discovery -- and the tension between insecurity and ambition -- as on the history of foreign policy during the Clinton administration. By Milt Bearden and James Risen.
A trove of stories on once deeply classified subjects in the C. Bearden, a year C. The real story is mostly the story of James Murray, a schoolteacher who knew everything as so many Victorians did and who edited the great dictionary heroically from to others completed its 15, pages in By Stephen S. A lucid, thorough report on the developments in biology -- cloning, stem cells, ''longevity genes'' -- that may not bring about immortality but appear to carry hope of making life a little longer and a great deal nicer toward the end.
By Gail Sheehy. In Middletown, N. By Teresa Carpenter. A meticulous account of the six-month odyssey that began when some Macedonian Bulgarian revolutionaries kidnapped an American missionary spinster and a pregnant Bulgarian woman in By Garry Wills. A short, scholarly, insightful rendering of the forms and ideas of Jefferson and his project, a rotunda and double row of pavilions that have more than once been cited as America's greatest work of architecture; Wills's great strength lies in his ability to see political and social ideas in their architectural expressions.
By Michael Lewis. Lewis, the author of ''Liar's Poker,'' examines the proceedings of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, who finished first in the American League West last year with as many victories as the Yankees despite the third-smallest payroll in the major leagues. By David Quammen. A fine science writer's account of efforts to preserve large carnivores like tigers and crocodiles, and a meditation on what life would be like without them.
By Tracy Kidder. A completely absorbing portrait of Paul Farmer MacArthur ''genius'' grant, , a driven, dedicated, rigidly idealistic doctor who commutes between Harvard and Haiti, where he works like mad to relieve the suffering of some of the poorest people on earth.
By Robert Macfarlane. What compels mountain climbers to risk themselves isn't so much their free spirit as the power of advertising; Macfarlane, an English journalist, traces three centuries of thinking that rationalized and romanticized the landscape. By Edgar Vincent. This deeply historical, psychological and technical examination of Britain's seaborne superstar of the Napoleonic Wars amply shows how little prepared he was to meet Emma Hamilton; his vulnerability on land was as spectacular as his competence at sea.
By Amy Tan. In this collection of sharp autobiographical essays, Tan reports on her own very American negotiations with her Chinese background and destiny, including a peaceful settlement with a depressive mother, hellbent on raising an obedient daughter. By Edward Tenner. Charming, loosely connected essays on developments like eyeglasses, shoes, chairs and other inventions that have changed our lives and bodies in unforeseen ways tender feet, weaker spines ; by a researcher at the National Museum of American History.
By Zachary Karabell. An authoritative account of the work of Ferdinand de Lesseps, a Frenchman who replaced sand with seawater in , allowing great ships and Western prestige to fare expeditiously through the middle of the Muslim heartland. By Marjane Satrapi. A dramatic, witty, insouciant autobiography in bold, densely rendered comic-book form by a woman born to the leftish secular bourgeoisie of 's Iran; she was 10 when the shah fell and his tyranny was replaced by the ayatollah version.
The book ends when she is 14 and her parents put her on a plane for some safer place she now lives in France. By Frank Kermode. A collection that condenses a lifetime of careful reading and intense critical activity into 26 essays addressing in disarmingly straightforward prose the big questions of half a century: What is modernity?
What is a classic? What is criticism for? By James McManus. Assigned to cover the event for Harper's Magazine, McManus entered the tournament and finished fifth, winning a fair bundle and a useful point of view not often accessible to the literati. By Janna Malamud Smith. A fervent examination of the powerful, visceral anxiety of mothers for their children's lives and welfare, and of its exploitation by experts and authorities interested in keeping mothers scared and in their place.
By Philip J. A thoroughly documented history of the first internal federal agency charged with protecting individual citizens, and of numerous efforts to improve it or wreck it since its beginnings.