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Oates Gets her Goth On

Joyce Carol Oates has written in all manner of modes and genres — naturalistic fiction, suspense novels (under the pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly), plays, poetry, memoir, and essays.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  March 18, 2013


Interview: Ayana Mathis and her tribes

One of the most buzzed-about and acclaimed books of the new year since its publication last December, the Oprah Book Club selection The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Knopf) is Ayana Mathis's first novel.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  February 22, 2013


Phreaking Ma Bell: Phil Lapsley's Exploding the Phone

Exploding the Phone is Phil Lapsley's exhaustive history of the phone-phreak phenomenon of the '60s and '70s.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  February 20, 2013


Scary monsters and super freaks

What if deceased presidents were reincarnated as horses in a belated lesson in humility?
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  February 13, 2013


Jennifer Haigh's quiet lives

Jennifer Haigh's News from Heaven , a series of 10 interconnected short stories set in the fictional Bakerton, Pennsylvania, of her celebrated 2005 novel Baker Towers (it's subtitled "The Bakerton Stories"), stretches over much of the 20th century.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  January 23, 2013


Bipolar and off the leash of meds: Juliann Garey's Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

Juliann Garey's debut novel begins with its narrator doing something unforgivable.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  January 08, 2013


Photos: Making a recipe from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Lisa Weidenfeld tries her hand at one of the recipes in The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook .
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  November 15, 2012


Perelman in print: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook  has arrived just in time for you to tackle some bold new dishes for Thanksgiving.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  November 28, 2012


Review: An Ian McEwan trifle

Sweet Tooth — a light, comic novel from Ian McEwan, tells the story of an intelligence agent in MI5 in the '70s.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  November 14, 2012


The other side of the McGovern legacy

George McGovern's death on October 21 has inspired remembrances of his status as a longtime liberal champion, but also his losing 1972 presidential campaign.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  October 31, 2012

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