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Our July/Aug 2011 issue is now available!

Contents:

  • Crime: In the Art World
  • Novels from the Greater Middle East
  • Graham Greene: Book by Book
  • Reader Picks, Book Group, more
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide: Almost 50 New Books Reviewed!

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Our May/June 2011 issue is now available!

Contents:

  • Life Stages, vol 2: First Love
  • Scientists: Novels, Memoirs, and more
  • Kate Atkinson: Book by Book
  • Latest Book Awards, Book Group, more
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide: Almost 50 New Books Reviewed!

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Our Mar/Apr 2011 issue is now available!

Contents:

  • Literary Physicians
  • Willa Cather, Book by Book
  • Susan Vreeland, Book by Book
  • Best of the 2010 Best Books Lists
  • Best Books on Baseball
  • Awards, Book Group, more
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide: Almost 50 New Books Reviewed!

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Our Jan/Feb 2011 issue has just been printed.

Contents:

  • Life Stages, vol. 1: Coming of Age
  • Theodore Dresier, Book by Book
  • Hollywood: Books on Making Movies
  • Awards, Book Group, more
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide: Almost 50 New Books Reviewed!

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By: 
Jessica Teisch

This profile of and interview with Nicole Krauss is from our Nov/Dec 2010 issue.

Writing a novel is a difficult enterprise; starting a new work after a best seller can be particularly daunting. In our interview with Nicole Krauss, the celebrated author of The History of Love ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection July/Aug 2005), we discussed the challenges and origins of her newest novel, Great House (to be reviewed in our next issue). "When I began to write seriously again after The History of Love," Krauss told Bookmarks, "there was a long period of aimless effort, of trying this or that without any sense of where it would lead. Many of the pieces I began I eventually lost interest in--either they reached a dead end, or never really came alive to me. But in all of this material, there were four voices that I fell into just as accidentally as the rest, but unlike those stories, these didn't quickly exhaust themselves. Just the opposite: the more I wrote of them, the more real and vivid they became to me. I threw the rest away, and these four intense monologues or confessions began to expand, each with its own story."

By: 
Jessica Teisch

Mario Vargas Llosa is the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Price in Literature. We present this article from our archives—our Mar/Apr 2005 issue.


For the past four decades, Mario Vargas Llosa (1936-) has mined Latin America's violent history for larger truths about the interplay of history, culture, and geography. Associated with the Latin American writing boom that evolved in the 1960s and ‘1970s, Vargas Llosa--along with other Latin American writers such as Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, and Gabriel García Márquez--revitalized the region's fiction into self-conscious, playful writing. As a novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, and critic, he transformed Peru's reality into a heightened, imaginative view of the world--and brought Peruvian literature international acclaim.

Our Nov/Dec 2010 issue is now available.

Contents:

  • Best Books of 2010
  • A discussion with Nicole Krauss
  • A close look at Jonathan Franzen's Freedom
  • Expatriate Literature
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide: Almost 50 New Books Reviewed!

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Our Sept/Oct 2010 issue is now available.

Contents:

  • A discussion with Allegra Goodman
  • Contemporary Russian Literature
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide - Over 50 New Books Reviewed!

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Our July/Aug 2010 issue is now available.

Contents:

  • Great Mystery and Crime Writing, vol. 3
  • Ian McEwan, Book by Book
  • Best Books on the Collapse of Empires
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide

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Our May/June 2010 issue is now available.

Contents:

  • Literature of Contemporary China
  • Rebecca & Floyd Skloot
  • Sarah Blake
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide

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