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Infinite pleasure

Admit it, fellow scribblers. You'd sell your soul to come up with an opening sentence like "Of the things we fashioned for them that they may be comforted, dawn is the one that works."
John Banville's playful universe
By ED SIEGEL  |  February 19, 2010

2009: The year in books

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best books the Phoenix reviewed in 2009.
True stories - fact and fiction
By JON GARELICK  |  December 25, 2009

Brutal truths

To call a 560-page novel “spare” sounds ridiculous. But though Wolf Hall is both lengthy and dense, this book — essentially a character study of the 16th-century statesman Thomas Cromwell — is also as close to bare-bones writing as one can imagine, a s
Hilary Mantel’s Booker winner
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 30, 2009

Pilgrims’ progress

India, 1838. The opium business is booming, and drug money fills the British Empire’s coffers, offsetting a trade imbalance created by imports of Chinese tea and silk. But now the emperor wants the drug trade stopped.  
Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  October 08, 2008

Brick Lane

A lush love story set in East London explores the lives of Bangladeshi immigrants caught up in social turmoil before and after 9/11.
A lush love story of Bangladeshi immigrants
By PEG ALOI  |  June 25, 2008

Winter reads

Esteemed fiction writers, young stars, the Civil War, the ’60s, and the morass of contemporary geopolitics — it’s all here for reading during winter’s long, dark nights.
Novels from Peter Carey and Russell Banks, poetry from Elizabeth Bishop, and advice from Madeleine Albright
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  December 21, 2007


Rushdie’s courage

Bombay-born Salman Rushdie, educated at Rugby and Cambridge, is now Sir Salman Rushdie.
Why Sir Salman’s knighthood matters
By EDITORIAL  |  June 20, 2007

Not TV

Big names, new names, and a handful of poets provide worthwhile reading this winter to distract you from the Sopranos reruns on A&E.
Mailer, Lethem, Amis, Ashbery deliver good reads
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  December 28, 2006

Tales of the times

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best fiction and poetry books the Phoenix wrote about in 2006.
A year in fiction
By JON GARELICK  |  December 20, 2006

Touchy feely

Art-world sophisticates are schooled not to hunt for hidden pictures in abstract paintings, but that’s just what Cecily Brown encourages.
Cecily Brown’s paintings at the MFA, Louise Bourgeois’s dolls in Worcester  
By GREG COOK  |  November 21, 2006


Novel escapes

A certain soul-crushing scene from The Fountainhead makes its way into my brain about this time every year.
Traveling without a passport
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 20, 2006