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Articles from November

A Family Affair
Merlin Holland opens his grandfather's mail OSCAR WILDE DIED one hundred years ago in Paris, on November 30, 1900, disgraced, poor and virtually alone. Yet today, the author of such classics as The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of...
A Great New World
Mortimer Adler and Robert Maynard Hutchins' idea has proven its appeal over the past half century. IT'S ENOUGH TO STRIKE terror into the heart of a tenth-grader. Chairs are arranged in a circle near the windows. People filter in slowly, several...
Book Bin
This fall brought a bumper crop of new titles, many from familiar authors: Mary Karr, Malachy McCourt and Ha Jin are just a few of the writers coming back for more. But old standby Tom Wolfe, with his brand-new book Hooking Up, tops the list. Its title...
Books Change Lives
While The National Book Foundation is primarily known for its work in sponsoring the National Book Awards, the five-member staff spends the entire year planning and implementing its educational outreach programs. These programs promote the reading...
Books That Last
Books that can be read and re-read make great gifts for young children. IT'S A SPECIAL PLEASURE TO GIVE a book that you know will be opened again and again, a book that may become a cherished part of a child's life. The right reference books are...
Donald Westlake's Stark Assessment
A veteran of nearly ninety books revives a pen name--and the criminal mind that goes with it. LIKE THE CRIMINALS he's written about for more than four decades, Donald Westlake generally has a knack for getting out of a jam. But when questioned about...
For the Sake of the Children
Katie Couric's done it. John Lithgow's done it--and plans to do it several more times. Jamie Lee Curtis just did it for the third time. With entertainers like these penning children's books, what can we look for next? Perhaps Snow White and the Seven...
Group Profile a Secret Too Good to Keep
When it was first released in 1996, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood barely made a ripple. But now, propelled by word of mouth, Rebecca Wells' novel has exploded, selling more than three million copies and making waves as a perennial book club...
Letters
Sizing up the cover BOOK is a joy, and I have subscribed to it since the first issue. However, I must register my first complaint. Why in the world did you choose that particular photo of Anne Rice for your September/ October cover--especially since...
Letter to Readers
THE FIRST TIME I READ A BOOK by John Updike, I was probably too young to know what I was reading; in his earliest work, Updike was--as D.T. Max mentions in the story that begins on page 32--more cautious in his use of euphemism. But that didn't matter....
Literary Iceland
The country with enough appeal to draw the reluctant literati has natural wonders and a rich literary tradition ICELAND. Home of glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, whales, puffins, cod--and very long winters. It is also one of the most literate and literary...
Making BookSense
Was the long wait worth it? Maybe so. PUMPKIN GROWERS and candy companies excepted, it's likely few people were happier to see October roll around than Len Vlahos. Vlahos is the director of BookSense.com, the long-awaited, much-delayed e-commerce...
Mapping Jane Hamilton's World
On the earth mother's farm and in her books, life's wonders are in the details. ROCHESTER, WISCONSIN, IS A SMALL TOWN of nine hundred residents thirty miles southwest of Milwaukee. Here, a cozy, white farmhouse sits on two hundred acres of apple...
National Book Award Finalist
Additionally, the Award helped propel the paperback onto the best-seller list in its very first week; sales of the hardcover remained brisk even after the paperback was published; and McDermott's oeuvre was appreciated by a new audience. Such is the...
National Book Awards 2000 Familiar Names Get the Call
Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Sontag and Galway Kinnell are among the twenty-one nominees for this year's awards. THIS YEAR'S National Book Awards have the feel of an encore performance. Nearly half of the finalists announced in October...
Oh, the Places He's Gone
Under the watchful but enthusiastic care of the good doctor's widow, Audrey Geisel, artists of all types are re-imagining the work of Dr. Seuss. YOU'LL BE FORGIVEN this fall if you find yourself having a strange craving for green eggs and ham or...
Q&a
Acclaimed director Whit Stillman (above) has long aspired to be a writer--as evidenced in his recent novel The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards, based on his own 1998 film The Last Days of Disco. Stillman, who lives in...
Ralph Steadman: Fear and Loathing in Rural England (and More)
A few years ago, Ralph Steadman--the English artist who made his name illustrating Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas--was asked to come up with some drawings for the 1997 collection The Roam Dahl Treasury. He said there was only one...
Recommendations from Coast to Coast
Respected food-book connoisseurs from across the country name this year's stand-out books. Nach Waxman, proprietor of New York's Kitchen Arts and Letters. * The New Low-Country Cooking: 125 Recipes for Coastal Southern Cooking With Innovative...
Santa's Literary Helpers
Books make the perfect gift, but choosing the right ones can turn into the nightmare before Christmas. We're here to help. Book speaks with a few insiders to find out what they plan to pick up for their loved ones. Wally Lamb Author Lamb--the...
Taking Somebody Else's Work Home with You
The upcoming books Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War and The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power have a lot in common. First, they're written by people who like to flaunt their middle names (war-time photojournalist Deborah...
The Geraldine R. Dodge Festival Heaven in New Jersey
Thousands attend the country's biggest poetry event. WATERLOO, NEW JERSEY, is a restored colonial village bounded by forested hills and valleys, winding roads and well-preserved canals. With its old stone buildings and nineteenth-century houses,...
The Twelve
Recent book-club favorites About a Boy Nick Hornby After penning 1995's High Fidelity, Hornby repeats his success with this 1998 follow-up. Will, a thirty-six-year-old bachelor, joins a group for single parents in order to meet women and the...
Two Sides of Telluride
Nestled in the Colorado mountains, Between the Covers has learned to serve tourists and local residents together. BETWEEN THE COVERS, one of two bookstores in Telluride, Colorado, is a warm refuge in a cold winter ski town. But don't let the name...
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