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Thursday, February 23 2012

The Best Non-Fiction of 2011

Books have a long shelf-life. A loved book may outlast its original owner by a generation – or more -- if well cared for. With that in mind, we recall our best loved books of 2011 here, well into 2012. Better late than never...


Reviews

Tuesday, December 6 2011

The First True Celebrity of the Arts: Jane Smiley's 'Charles Dickens: A Life'

Jane Smiley's Charles Dickens: A Life is a beautifully written, wonderfully surprising look at the thoroughly modern Charles Dickens.


Monday, November 1 2010

'The Man Who Invented the Computer' Was Not Steve Jobs or Bill Gates

John Atanasoff's invention -- 74 inches long, 36 inches deep and about 40 inches tall -- was a milestone, but also only a steppingstone to the personal computers we depend on today.


Tuesday, June 8 2010

Janes Smiley’s Excellent Prose and Sly Humor are Here in 'Private Life'

Smiley never writes a book without placing her characters amidst upheaval; here it's war, along with scientific advances and technologies like the telephone, the 1906 earthquake, and the Spanish Influenza epidemic.


Wednesday, February 14 2007

Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley

What should you do when war starts? Visit a friend! Talk! Have sex!


Wednesday, November 15 2006

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley

You might argue with her judgments, as I did with her criticism of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, but you can't help but sense that hers is the more grounded point of view.


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