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‘Lost Horizon’ for American Ovaries

Ann Patchett’s sixth novel, “State of Wonder,” poses a provocative question: If, ladies, you could preserve your fertility into your 50s, 60s or even later, would you?

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE


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A Whoremonger’s Tumble Into Love

David Schmahmann, in the era of Spitzer, Edwards, Weiner and Schwarzenegger, has written a novel about a powerful man who risks his reputation and career for illicit sex and ends up in an unlikely relationship with a Bangkok bar girl. “The Double Life of Alfred Buber” may in some ways feel like a mystery novel, but it’s much more than that.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



‘Midnight’ and the Meaning of Trust

Fiction is supposed to provide escape. Action/adventure romances are written for youthful readers and the young at heart, but Sister Souljah makes several choices as an author in her new novel, “Midnight and the Meaning of Love,” that make it difficult to trust her.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



‘Tiger Trap’: 21st Century Espionage

For decades during the Cold War, the most captivating spy-vs.-spy battle was the one waged between Moscow and Washington. With the rise of China, a new player has entered the game.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



American Artists in Paris

“Not all pioneers,” writes David McCullough, “went west.” Thus he establishes his theme, the intellectual frontier mentality that drove countless Americans to brave the rigors of a sea voyage and an alien culture to imbibe the Old World charm and history of Paris.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



The Double Life of a Hip-Hop ‘Mogul’

Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble, the main player in Terrance Dean’s debut novel, “Mogul,” is a music producer with a secret: He’s on the up-and-up in his career, but he’s also on the down low, struggling to come to terms with his sexuality at the risk of losing his family and his fame in the hip-hop industry.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



An Oral History of ESPN

The book lacks a narrative voice to set the scene, pull the reader along. Authors are not just tape recorders with expense accounts. They need to analyze, criticize, validate their characters. Here, they’re often missing in action.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



A Road Map to Economic Armageddon

In “Reckless Endangerment,” Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner argue that cozy connections between government and the financial industry were the primary cause of the financial crisis.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



Words From the Right: On Buckley and From Paul and Breitbart

As Campaign 2012 looms large, it’s not exactly clear who or what will define the moment for conservatives—has the Tea Party Express run out of steam? Who will emerge as their rightful leader? These three reads give us some idea of where they’ve been and where they might be headed.

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



Love Among the Beasts

Reviewing Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” the author makes his case for “one good thing about the Nazis” and wagers that this romantic thriller of a memoir will hit it big.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


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