Sunday Books: coverage for October 31, 2010

Book review: 'Common as Air' by Lewis Hyde

October 31, 2010

Michael Hiltzik: Book review: 'Common as Air' by Lewis Hyde

A penetrating book concludes that copyright and patent protections have gotten out of control.

Book review: 'First Family' by Joseph J. Ellis

October 31, 2010

Book review: 'First Family' by Joseph J. Ellis

Ellis explores the partnership between John and Abigail Adams, using their many letters as the base of his very engaging book.

Book review: 'Driving on the Rim' by Thomas McGuane

October 31, 2010

Book review: 'Driving on the Rim' by Thomas McGuane

In his latest novel, McGuane has fun playing out some thorny moral dilemmas within the confines of a regular guy, the unforgettable small-town doc Berl Pickett.

'Virals' by Kathy Reichs

October 31, 2010

'Virals' by Kathy Reichs

The niece of famed fictional forensic scientist Temperance Brennan stumbles on a mystery at prep school.

Book review: Willy Wonka's creator

October 31, 2010

Book review: Willy Wonka's creator

In "Storyteller," biographer Donald Sturrock explores the dark, Grimm world of Roald Dahl.

Discoveries

October 31, 2010

Discoveries

'Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work' by Edwidge Danticat; 'On Admiration: Heroes, Heroines, Role Models, and Mentors' by W.D. Wetherell; 'The Weekend' by Bernhard Schlink.

Book review: A unlikely shot at 'Fame'

October 30, 2010

Book review: A unlikely shot at 'Fame'

In Daniel Kehlmann's new novel, faulty phone lines enable characters to switch identities — at least momentarily.

Astral Weeks: Ted Chiang's mental travelers

October 30, 2010

Astral Weeks: Ted Chiang's mental travelers

In the story collection 'Stories of Your Life and Others,' characters challenge the limits of human knowledge.

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