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George Prochnik's biography of Gershom Scholem is flawed, but well worth reading, especially for those struggling with their Jewish and Israeli identities.
These well-crafted stories are not for the faint-hearted.
May this superb biography, The Invention of Angela Carter, spark more interest in this amazing writer, especially in the United States.
This is the work of an extremely talented writer whose prose is spare and exact and has an authenticity that marks him as the real thing.
Reading William Trevor will enrich you in ways you cannot imagine.
Two books -- one nonfiction, the other fiction -- that deal with Jewish history.
A splendid, absorbing read in which you feel as if you’ve been dropped onto the set of a Mozart opera.
Frances Wilson's biography of Thomas De Quincey is superb, written with enormous empathy and insight.
This is a book about “survivor’s guilt,” and also about the terrible loneliness that comes of losing so many whom you love.
If any of you are harboring a budding young musician either at home or school or in the extended family, investigate the possibility of he or she attending BUTI.
Kent Haruf's novels remind us that even in the hardest lives, there is joy, often delicate and evanescent, but joy, nevertheless.
This canny writer is concerned with the kind of complicated family relationships that engaged his Jewish literary forebears.
You may have read similar earlier works, but Dominic Smith’s novel is in a class of its own.
There are resemblances to Virginia Woolf not only in the terrific prose but also in Helen Dunmore’s awareness that much of family life lies in what is not said as much as in what is said.
Perhaps in the future Michelle Hoover will let her very real talent take her into the unknown, where narrative and myth merge.
Iris Murdoch proves a wonderful companion: funny, honest, insightful, and courageous.
I urge anyone interested in the voice and or just terrific music to try to attend one of Mirror Visions' concerts.
This novel about Thomas Hardy becomes not only the story of an odd triangle, but also a meditation on the nature of art.
We root for all of the ordinary folk who survived -- and are still surviving even now -- one of the bleakest and saddest periods in Russia’s history.
One must be impressed by memoirist Matthew Spender, who refuses to descend into resentment or anything resembling self-pity despite a very strange childhood.
Death By Water plumbs the depths of the human condition in an entirely original way.
Makine may be plagiarizing himself, which is a perfectly legitimate thing for a writer to do, but scenes of spring snow and railroad stations become clichés even in talented hands.
Tony Judt is an American treasure, in time he may prove as great to our country as George Orwell and Albert Camus are to theirs.
Anne Enright's prose, especially when she is firmly rooted in Ireland, sings; she has the ability to get the details both of setting and character, and a wonderful ear.
Here is a terrific documentary that will appeal to people who grew up in the mid-20th century and also their children and grandchildren.
It is worth your time watching Shakespeare & Company's two fine actresses come to an understanding that is cathartic and real.
Peter Davis knows Hollywood from the inside and has written a splendid novel about the great days of Tinsel Town with the kind of passion you rarely see anywhere these days.
This is a powerful, intensely felt short novel about the lives of ordinary people by a very young Irish writer.
Erebus is wonderful, original book that defies categorization.
The Bridal Chair will not only answer many questions about this complicated, famous family; like Chagall’s best work, it will also linger in the mind.
Kudos to the Celebrity Series for bringing this interesting and innovative young musician to Boston and kudos to Cameron Carpenter for such a fascinating few hours.