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February 20, 2006
The Year I Stopped Shopping, Had Lots of Sex, Cooked Street Pigeon . . .

It’s one kind of memoir that won’t fall out of publishing-world favor anytime soon: Do something kooky for a year (from transvestitism to aggressive promiscuity) and then write about lessons learned. A look at four new entries in the thriving subgenre.

February 20, 2006
Passage Marker: Gail Sheehy

Now on her fifteenth book (and latest best seller), Sex and the Seasoned Woman, she spoke to Jada Yuan about women who are entering their “Second Adulthood” after the age of 50.

February 6, 2006
By Our Contributors

In his new novel, The Good Life, Jay McInerney (a New York contributing editor) explores that post-attack feeling—equal parts grief, stoicism, and morbid humor.

February 6, 2006
Impatient Patient: James McManus

In Positively Fifth Street, James McManus turned a week at the World Series of Poker into a rambunctious existential exploration of greed and family, with an epically seedy murder tossed in. His new book, Physical: An American Checkup, takes an equally gonzo approach to the world of medicine.

January 23, 2006
Crack-up

James Frey’s messy story.

January 23, 2006
American Psychoanalyst

In his new book, rock-star French philosophe Bernard-Henri Lévy hits Route 66. With his driver.

January 16, 2006
Baggage Check

Four new books and the family issues their authors carry with them.

December 26, 2005
Foreign Correspondent: Said Hyder Akbar

"I have become more cynical—they lied to my face and said they hadn’t done anything. When I hear a spokesman in Iraq or Afghanistan saying something, I can’t just accept it."

December 19, 2005
Books

It wasn’t just E. L. Doctorow who looked into the past this year—though some didn’t look too far, with one 9/11 novel outshining the rest. Brooklyn writers kept themselves busy (when not feuding), graphic books continued to pop, Joan Didion redeemed the memoir, Mary Gaitskill made us happy-sad, and Donald Trump defended his authorial honor.

November 28, 2005
Roman à Clef Watch

Paris Hilton and Salman Rushdie turn up in recent novels.

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