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A Thousand Splendid Suns

The author of The Kite Runner compares wars civil and domestic.


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Khaled Hosseini's first novel, The Kite Runner, struck a national nerve on so many levels it would be unfair to expect his second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead Books, 372 pages, $25.95), t ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

The Ministry of Special Cases

A first novel about lost identity also loses readers.


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The challenge in writing a novel about Argentina's "dirty war," in which a military junta "disappeared" some 30,000 people between 1976 and 1983, lies in maintaining the suspense (or at least a glimme ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Christine Falls

A Booker Prize winner writes a smart, if predictable, crime novel.


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Benjamin Black is the pseudonym of Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville. The Booker is a bit of a toff in the world of literary awards, limited to citizens of the British Commonwealth or the ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Power, Faith, and Fantasy

In the beginning, for America, was the Middle East.


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If the name Israel means "wrestles with God," then America must be Hebrew for "wrestles with the Middle East." American-Israeli historian Michael B. Oren's new book, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Sacred Games

Indian novelist Vikram Chandra shows the West how to write a crime thriller.


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If there is any justice in the book-publishing world, Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games (HarperCollins, 916 pages, $27.95) deserves to become a million-copy bestseller, alongside the next Harry Potter nov ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Thunderstruck

Popular historian Erik Larson can't make lightning strike twice.


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Seattle author Erik Larson's latest nonfiction potboiler, Thunderstruck (Crown, 463 pages, $25.95), tries to duplicate the winning formula of his New York Times bestseller The Devil in the White City. ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Fleeing Fundamentalism

A desperate housewife lashes out at conservative Christianity.


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Readers hungry for a rousing indictment of America's religious right on the eve of the fall elections won't find it in Carlene Cross' new memoir, Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Fai ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

A Sense Of The World

A tour de force biography of a man who led the way in every sense but sight.


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In his first book, McSweeney's contributor Jason Roberts has achieved something that more veteran biographers like Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough never bother to attempt: take a near-forgot ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Rough Crossings: Britain, The Slaves, And The American Revolution

Historian Simon Schama drowns the American Revolution.


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Simon Schama is best known to American audiences as the snarky British host of the BBC's epic 15-part series A History of Britain. But the expatriate professor of art history at Columbia University is ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

American Theocracy and The Secret Way To War

Two new books call out more examples of the Bush White House's perfidy.


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There is no shortage of books deriding the rank deceit, moral bankruptcy and gross incompetence of the Bush administration. But to appreciate fully how far George W. Bush has fallen in the eyes of a v ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM
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