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Sep 23, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Louise Erdrich finds the heart of a family trauma, T.C. Boyle mines love and horror on San Miguel and Robin Sloan tells of a bookstore with secrets in stock. In nonfiction, David Skinner opens up Webster's third dictionary. In poetry, Mary Oliver returns home.
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Sep 20, 2012 — T.C. Boyle's past work is largely satirical and tough on his characters. In San Miguel, readers will find the same biting tone, but none of the irony. Loosely based on ranchers' memoirs of a grim California island, this chillingly written novel exposes a bleak and savage reality.
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Mar 7, 2012 — Novelist T.C. Boyle takes on a California environmental battle while Mary Doria Russell takes a fresh look at the Wild West of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. In nonfiction, Sarah Vowell tours Hawaii, Charles Fishman looks at the future of water, Allen Shawn reflects on being a twin, and Ben Ryder Howe on running a Brooklyn deli.
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Feb 22, 2011 — T.C. Boyle's new novel, When The Killing's Done, follows prescient environmental quarrels in Santa Barbara between an environmentalist and a biologist — but the bureaucratic bickering pales in comparison to the ferocious powers of nature.
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Feb 1, 2010 — The stories in Wild Child, the new book from T.C. Boyle, involve mostly unremarkable characters confronted with moral dilemmas. In the title story, a young boy abandoned at birth and who grew up on his own is discovered in the woods in France.
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Jan 20, 2010 — This week, a novel from Jonathan Dee looks at the costs (and wild benefits) of living wealthy in America, and a memoir by Patti Smith recalls the singer's long friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Also, T.C. Boyle offers a new book of short stories, and a novel dives into Britain's mid-1950s "Cyprus Emergency."
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Mar 3, 2009 — Writer T.C. Boyle explores the scandalous and passionate turns in the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright through the perspective of his wives and mistresses.
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Jan 26, 2008 — London cabbie, Will Grozier, offers some book recommendations. Included are: The Wild Places, by Robert Macfarlane; Sepulchre, by Kate Mosse (due out in April); and Drop City by T.C. Boyle.
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Jul 24, 2006 — Kathy, who listens to WETA radio in Washington, D.C., recommends this novel: "One of the best reads I've had in the last couple of years!"
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Sep 29, 2005 — Nancy Pearl is back with another stack of book recommendations. This time, Pearl talks about some of her favorite short story collections. At left, a detail from the cover of Among the Missing — one of her favorites.
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