| Jul 17, 2011
Guilt was Patricia Highsmith's great theme. In her books even the good know they're not innocent, and they carry an apprehension that they too will be found out. "Night was falling quickly, with visible speed like a black sea creeping over the earth,"...
| May 29, 2005
JUST over two years ago I seemed always to be in California, taking part in the celebrations surrounding the release of the film I'd written of Michael Cunningham's novel "The Hours." While the creative team was giving interviews and being mildly feted,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:03 PM
The autobiographical novel is a funny creature. We associate it with the dramas of youth, with first steps: "David Copperfield," for instance, or "The Catcher in the Rye." In a preface he composed later in life to his early novel "Mary," Vladimir...
| Oct 27, 2013
Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...
| Oct 20, 2013
Have you seen AT&T's running-with-books TV commercial? Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall starts up “The Odyssey” audiobook on his smartphone and proceeds to listen and run for hours under a cloudless blue sky down a tree-lined country road, through...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 1:21 PM
Is Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
If you are a journalist at The Washington Post, which Bezos recently bought with his own money, or an editorial employee at any big-city newspaper,...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 10:27 AM
For more than a decade in the 1980s and ’90s, the Medellín drug cartel and its notorious leader, Pablo Escobar, held an entire nation hostage. Drug-related violence and terrorism were the order of the day in Colombia, with Bogotá as dangerous, in...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 9:00 AM
I could tell you that I loved "The Portrait of a Lady," "War and Peace” and “Pride and Prejudice,” but, really, what's the point?
Among book lovers of my general description (female, 40-something, recovering English major) these books...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 12:33 PM
Don't mess with Jodi Picoult. The author of a string of best-selling popular novels with weighty themes ripped from the headlines, Picoult pulls no punches. Her latest book, out this month, is "The Storyteller," which is about a young woman who finds...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:18 PM
This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but until just recently I was under the misguided impression that a Pulitzer Prize in poetry might actually entitle a gal to a little literary respect.
Good thing I had the nice folks at British publisher Faber and...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Novelist Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections, Freedom) argues in an interview published in London's The Telegraph that e-books are bad for society. Really. Franzen's thinking is that their electronic nature makes them vulnerable to change, unlike real...