Lizzie Skurnick en Gilbert Puts A Novel Spin On Love And 'All Things' Botanical It has been a great frustration for fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's early fiction to have her turn to memoir for so long. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:56:21 +0000 Lizzie Skurnick 45273 at Popes, Politics And Power: The Story Of The Borgia Family If every era gets the historical fiction it deserves, we have been good indeed. From the transcendent psychological rummagings of Hilary Mantel to the gooey pleasures of Philippa Gregory, we can set aside flowery bodice-rippers (not that there's anything wrong with those) and view the dusty figures through lenses literary, pop culture-y, or near-pornographic.<p>Sarah Dunant, whose <em>Blood & Beauty</em> brings us the Borgia family in all of its complex melange, is already a writer who straddles genre. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:13:00 +0000 Lizzie Skurnick 40195 at Family, Intolerance And Dealing With Disaster In 'Burgess Boys' How often does the family car really kill one of its regular passengers? It's a recurring trope in literary fiction — the parent's moment of inattention that changes a household's fate forever — but in Elizabeth's Strout's novel <em>The Burgess Boys</em>, her follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize–winning <em>Olive Kitteridge</em>, that accident is flipped on its head. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:34:31 +0000 Lizzie Skurnick 32254 at Right On The Money: A 'Capital' Book For Our Times <em>Lizzie Skurnick writes the "That Should Be a Word" column for the</em> New York Times Magazine.<p>England has always reveled in its drawing-room dramas, from Jane Austen's social minefields to E.M. Forster's <em>Howards End</em> to <em>Upstairs, Downstairs</em> — and yes, the blockbuster <em>Downton Abbey</em>.<p>John Lanchester's brilliant <em>Capital</em>, set on a once-ordinary London block whose housing prices have skyrocketed, has the distinction of being the first brick-and-mortar novel set squarely in our current times. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Lizzie Skurnick 13178 at