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Kim Young-ha probes into modern Korean society in new essay

Kim Young-ha, one of South Korea’s most celebrated novelists of his generation, has published a book of essays titled “See,” collating his thoughts and observances of changes in Korean society sinc...

Updated : 2014.09.22 19:47

Journalist’s memoir lacks personal insight

Foreign Correspondent: A MemoirBy H.D.S. Greenway(Simon & Schuster)A memoir is defined as a written account in which someone describes past experiences. Longtime journalist David Greenway certainly do...

Updated : 2014.09.18 20:55

Professor looks at economics of slavery

The image of the genteel, benevolent Southern slave owner was the creation of early 20th century artists and writers like D.W. Griffith and Margaret Mitchell. Life on the antebellum plantation, they l...

Updated : 2014.09.18 20:52

‘Hold the Dark’ no simple crime story

Hold the DarkBy William Giraldi (Liveright) If dark, violent novels aren’t usually my cup of tea, why did “Hold the Dark” exert such a hold over me, right from the start? “Hold the Dark” begins...

Updated : 2014.09.18 20:46

Novel with vivid sense of Japan

Tokyo KillBy Barry Lancet (Simon & Schuster)Art, social issues, culture and, yes, war ― all the things that make or break a society ― converge in Barry Lancet’s exciting second novel about antique...

Updated : 2014.09.18 20:46

‘Blind Spot’ picks up Jesse Stone novels

Robert B. Parker’s Blind SpotBy Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)Although Robert B. Parker died in 2010, stories about iconic Boston private eye Spenser have continued through novels by Ace Atkins. Now a...

Updated : 2014.09.18 20:45

Historic fantasy to inspire youth

Most people in their 70s slow down when it comes to work and settle into the comfort of retirement ― but not Daisy Lee Yang. Instead, the former teacher, doctorate in comparative and international ed...

Updated : 2014.09.18 20:44

‘Champagne Supernovas’ explores ’90s fashion world

“Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ’90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion” puts readers in the front row and three of the era’s biggest names in the catwalk spotl...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:13

Following the footprints of Korea’s past

Veteran journalist Lee Ki-hwan, with a writing career that has spanned almost three decades, believes that one can’t really live meaningfully in the present without references to the past.A journalis...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:11

‘Summer of the Dead’ has powerful plot

Summer of the DeadBy Julia Keller (Minotaur Books)Small towns ― where everyone knows your name and keeping secrets seems unfathomable ― can be hotbeds of concealment. No one really knows what goes ...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:08

‘Original Sin’ is tense, disturbing thriller

Original SinBy D.P. Lyle (Reputation Books)The dying old man on cardiac surgeon Lucy Wagner’s operating table was bleeding out from an aortic aneurism. As she desperately massaged his failing heart,...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:08

‘Why Football Matters’ versus ‘Against Football’

Unlike Steve Almond and Mark Edmundson, the authors of two terrific new books on football, I did not grow up with a father who loved the sport.My father thinks football is commercialized barbarism ― ...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:15

Mike Sacks’ ‘Poking a Dead Frog’ cracks comedy code

Comedy is having a moment. You can’t really talk about the vaunted New Golden Platinum Age of Television without reference to Louis C.K., Amy Schumer or Amy Poehler. Political discourse takes cues fr...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:14

David Mitchell’s ‘Bone Clocks’ revisits story lines of ‘Cloud Atlas’

The Bone ClocksBy David Mitchell (Random House)Count on David Mitchell ― whose novels regularly suggest a Borgesian library ― to invoke one of the most famous literary labyrinths of all in “The Bo...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:14

‘Half of What I Say is Meaningless’ a strikingly felt essay collection

Half of What I Say is MeaninglessBy Joseph Bathanti (Mercer University Press)It’s 1976, and Joseph Bathanti, former North Carolina poet laureate, is leaving his native Pittsburgh in a 1969 VW Beetle...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:13