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  • 10 best adult books for teens

    The Alex Awards are given each year to 10 adult books judged most likely to appeal to teen audiences. Here are the 2011 winners: zombies, vampires, and lemon cake – oh my!
    01/17/2011 10:24 am

  • National Book Award 2010 nominees: one big surprise

    The author who was not nominated for a 2010 National Book Award – Jonathan Franzen – is getting at least as much commentary as those who were.
    10/13/2010 03:22 pm

  • Bruce Springsteen says 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' marked dawn of career

    Bruce Springsteen really started to find a purposeful working life with his fourth record, 1978's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' the subject of a documentary that had its world premiere Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
    09/15/2010 03:24 pm

  • 6 books that hurt so good

    For years, people have been guessing at why, as a species, we love to do things like watch hideously depressing movies or read paralyzingly sad books. And while I’m sure any analyst could have a field day teasing apart just what causes a sad-book propensity, what I’m going to do is to put forth a generally applicable theory and then leave you with a selection of titles that will make you hurt so good. Books with heart-breaking plot points, utterly unlikable characters, dysfunction piled atop dysfunction simply must redeem themselves through the clarity of their prose and the ingenuity of their structure. In other words, when the content is unlovely the form must be brilliant. Great writing shines through unadulterated.
    08/24/2010 12:30 pm

  • Roadside assistance Costa Rican-style

    When the writer's son gets entangled in his seat belt, a cowboy strides to the rescue and offers kind, quick roadside assistance.
    06/03/2010 04:34 pm

  • The Theory of Light and Matter

    Vulnerable, hopeful characters populate this award-winning collection of short stories.
    01/23/2010 05:05 am

  • Reading Gogol in Wyoming

    To read against place is to invite fantasy by exchanging worlds.
    12/21/2009 11:26 am

  • The Red Convertible

    This collection of short pieces by Louise Erdrich is a rich sampler of her writing at its best.
    01/29/2009 12:00 am

  • Chapter & Verse Laura Bush, publishers, discuss a book deal

    11/26/2008 12:00 am

  • Following the footsteps of Flannery O'Connor

    On this vacation, he and his wife are visiting the stomping grounds of great writers.
    09/05/2008 01:00 am

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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