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Jul.21.2009
The letters of the British Post-Impressionist painter Vanessa Bell, the sister of Virginia Woolf, wife of critic Clive Bell, lover of critic Roger Fry, life partner of Duncan Grant, and mother of the ceramist and art professor Quentin Bell and the artist and memoirist Angelica Garnett. An innovator...
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Jul.21.2009
Bloomsbury Pie examines the persistent allure of Bloomsbury (the circle around Virginia Woolf)--a fascination driven by nostalgia, adoration, and antipathy--and tracks the resurgence of interest in the Group, from a handful of biographies in the 1960s through the feminist discovery of Virginia...
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Jul.02.2009
  During the first half of the twentieth century, Atlantic City was the nation's most popular middle-class resort--the home of the famed Boardwalk, the Miss America Pageant, and the board game Monopoly. By the late 1960s, it had become a symbol of urban decay and blight, compared by...
The Lonely Tree
Jun.27.2009
In 1944 in British Mandate Palestine, Tonia's parents take the family to live on a struggling religious kibbutz in isolated Gush Etzion. Fifteen-year-old Tonia does not share her father's dream for a Jewish state, nor does she believe that one will ever come to be. Life on the kibbutz is harsh, and...
Jun.27.2009
In 1944 in British Mandate Palestine, Tonia's parents take the family to live on a struggling religious kibbutz in isolated Gush Etzion. Fifteen-year-old Tonia does not share her father's dream for a Jewish state, nor does she believe that one will ever come to be. Life on the kibbutz is harsh, and...
Jun.27.2009
In 1944 in British Mandate Palestine, Tonia's parents take the family to live on a struggling religious kibbutz in isolated Gush Etzion. Fifteen-year-old Tonia does not share her father's dream for a Jewish state, nor does she believe that one will ever come to be. Life on the kibbutz is harsh, and...
WHEN RACE BECOMES REAL: Black and White Writers Confront Their Personal Histories
Jun.03.2009
In these personal, evocative, original essays, thirty contemporary black and white, young and older writers--from Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Award winners to brand new voices--share their intimate racial experiences as they take unflinching looks at society and themselves. An incisive, powerful...
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Apr.17.2009
THE VAGABOND VIRGINS, Baja California, 1979A Holy Virgin, or a convincing fraud, appears in Mexico, dedicating herself to the overthrow of the corrupt and tyrannical Partido Revolucionario Institutional. And a woman who claims to be the Virgin’s sister brings San Diego law student and private...
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Mar.12.2009
To the millions of Americans on the home front during World War II, Ernie Pyle’s column in newspapers across the country offered a foxhole view of the struggle as he reported on the life and death of the average soldier. When he died, Pyle’s popularity and readership was worldwide, with his column...
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Mar.12.2009
In the late 1950s the Soviet Union shocked the world by placing a small satellite—Sputnik—in orbit around the earth. Treated as a technological Pearl Harbor in the United States, the Russian achievement prompted the federal government to create a civilian organization, the National Aeronautics and...