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Articles from September

An Artist of the World
Born in Nagasaki, raised in Great Britain, Kazuo Ishiguro talks about Japanese culture, English taste and American rock 'n' roll. I WAS FIVE WHEN I CAME TO THIS COUNTRY, and at that age you pick up languages quickly," says Britain's Kazuo Ishiguro,...
Ann Hood and the Miracle Basement
The award-winning author of the bestselling Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine takes time to commune with the saints and reflect on being an ex-stewardess. ANN HOOD has a terrible sense of direction. She is my friend, but I will level this criticism...
A Thousand Words
BOOK is definitely devoted to the written word, but it has lately become difficult to ignore the lavish picture books that often find their way into the office. So, with that in mind, here's a roundup (in no particular order) of some well-illustrated...
Book Bin
Hooking Up, Tom Wolfe's upcoming collection, might be the season's most anticipated book--but it's a close call. Caleb Carr, for instance, has an imminent release: Killing Time, a crime thriller set in the year 2023. Also on the way is The Years With...
Double Albom: New Work from Morrie Author
Mitch Albom never dreamed his 1997 book Tuesdays With Morrie would be such a runaway success. The forty-two-year-old sports columnist at the Detroit Free Press wrote the story of the last days of his university professor Morrie Schwartz in order...
Good Digestion
An expert provides some rules for getting the most out of a nutritious book menu. THE NORTHERN New Jersey group Mostly We Eat makes food a priority. The members take their motto--Francis Bacon's "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,...
Latching onto a Bestseller: David Roberts and in the Land of White Death
Looking for the next Perfect Storm? Thanks to a discovery made by David Roberts, a seasoned mountaineer and an old friend of Into Thin Air's Jon Krakauer, it just might be blowing in on October 20th. That's when Modern Library is releasing In the Land...
Letters
Grisham's best I would have been very disappointed if you hadn't included John Grisham's A Time to Kill in July/August's list of ten first novels to remember. I consider it to be the best book he has written so far. --Sue Green Charlotte, North...
Letter to Readers
THE CLOSE OF SUMMER--beach reading season--and the imminent start of autumn--when publishers roll out many of their biggest and brightest titles of the year--is perhaps the right time to point out the obvious: that reading provides an engaged, imaginative...
New York City: The Very Heart of It
An overwhelming array of volumes dominates the famous Gotham bookshop, where father and daughter carry on a nearly seventy-five-year-old tradition. THERE IS NO MISTAKING the legendary Strand for anything but the quintessential New York bookstore....
Old Chestnuts
GARNETT could still remember, from when he was a boy, a giant hollow log way back up in the woods on Zebulon Mountain. It was of such a size, he and the other youngsters could run through it single file without even bending their heads. The thought...
On the Inside with Anne Rice
The diva of dark forces, on the eve of the release of her first novel since a diabetic attack two years ago, lets down her guard to explore some of the ghosts in her life. SOME PEOPLE WOULDN'T DO WHAT we're doing," says Anne Rice, perched on...
President and Accounted For
Out of thousands of books on America's forty-two presidents, BOOK selects the standout volumes on the life of each. FORTY-ONE MEN have filled the office of president of the United States. Their biographies are as compelling as the nation's history,...
Q & A
Three years ago, journalist Michael Paterniti rented a Buick Skylark and drove retired pathologist Thomas Harvey from New Jersey to California. In the trunk was a gray duffel bag containing the brain of Albert Einstein. Paterniti tells the story...
Robert Crais: Poster Boy
The man behind Elvis Cole, Joe Pike--and now, Carol Starkey--makes it look easy. You look like you just walked off the set of some TV series where the star--you--wears the faded Levi's and the tired-looking leather jacket or maybe a lime-and-white...
Sidney Sheldon: Straight Man
They don't make them like this anymore. THINK SIDNEY SHELDON, and you think best-selling novelist--one of the world's three-biggest sellers, in fact--sixteen books, three hundred million copies sold, in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's...
Ursula K. le Guin Portland Trailblazer
Feminist, Taoist, mother, wife--the writer has made a career incorporating her passions into work that defies categorization. Before they put a man on the moon, there was Ursula K. Le Guin. Before Star Wars, there was Le Guin. A writer best known...
Vermont: American Pastoral
The Green Mountain State may well have more writers per capita than any other state in the union. THERE WAS A TIME when pastoral Vermont had more cows than people--even now it owes its wholesome Holstein image to agriculture. But that isn't the...
What's Next?
Good series books for younger readers. WHEN YOUNG READERS are immersed in a book, they enjoy it even more if they know a similar book is waiting for them when they finish. That is one reason series books are so popular with children in second, third...
Writers on the Web
Addressing the dearth of top-notch author sites, two companies are pulling writers together for promising new online ventures. FANS of contemporary literature can be forgiven for finding Internet offerings aimed at them a bit lackluster. Despite...