| Jul 29, 2008
FOR THOSE of us who don't expect to travel soon to Tasmania, reading Nicholas Shakespeare's "Secrets of the Sea" is a decent alternative. His fifth novel draws much of its allure from its wild setting on this remote Australian island at the bottom of...
| Dec 7, 2008
All of It Singing
New and Selected Poems
By Linda Gregg
Though these poems -- influenced by the poet's years in Greece -- find Gregg alone in a landscape deserted by a man, she isn't despairing but contemplative, wry, amused.
| Mar 28, 2010
Outside of a Dog
Constable & Robinson: 278 pp., $23.95
At last, a book about a life with books that puts the little buggers in their place. After his divorce, Rick Gekoski spent a few weeks wondering who he was without his...
| Sep 5, 2010
The Black Nile
One Man's Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World's Longest River
Viking: 310 pp., $26.95
Searching for a good bush hat in the covered market in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, author Dan Morrison recounts a...
| Nov 7, 2010
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 256 pp., $26
Cynthia Ozick's sixth novel, "Foreign Bodies," is a piece of literary sleight of hand: It is modeled on Henry James' 1903 novel, "The Ambassadors," the story of an American...
| May 22, 2011
W.W. Norton: $24.95
When a mediocre writer's bride-to-be leaves him to search for a legendary giant squid, he treks across the continent seeking counsel from nefarious creatures on how to win back her affections. (August)...
| Jun 5, 2011
State of Wonder
Harper: 368 pp., $26.99
In Ann Patchett's new novel, "State of Wonder," an ordinary woman winds up in increasingly extraordinary circumstances. That woman is Marina Singh, a 42-year-old pharmaceutical researcher...
| Dec 4, 2011
Let's say you're getting, or giving, a new tablet or an e-reader (iPad, Kobo, Nook or Kindle Fire) for the holidays. Here's an idea for what to do with it: Load it first with free books. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, as well as the cultural gift known as...
| Aug 7, 2011
The Secret History of Costaguana
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Riverhead: 287 pp., $26.95
"The Secret History of Costaguana" is an intricately detailed, audacious reframing of "Nostromo," the classic 1904...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 7:35 AM
Nigerian-born author Chinua Achebe has died. The 82-year-old was best known for his gorgeously written historical novel that served as an indictment of colonialism, "Things Fall Apart." Published in 1958, "Things Fall Apart" soon became an international...
| Mar 23, 2013
JOHNANNESBURG, South Africa — When Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe was in college, a European professor assigned "Mister Johnson," which portrayed Africa as a land of grinning, shrieking savages. Time magazine called it "the best novel ever written...