‘The Boomer List’: Big Names, Great Stories

American Masters: The Boomer List, sponsored by AARP and airing from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET on PBS Tuesday, is a light-hearted look at the Baby Boom generation through the eyes of 19 icons representing each year from 1946 to 1964. Directed by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, whose other works include The Black List, The Latino List and The Out List, the film focuses on individuals whose experiences touch all the important movements and moments of the boomer generation, from Vietnam and racism to the sexual …

Return of the Page-Turning Titans

Some of the biggest names in American literature have been silent for quite some time now. Amy Tan? Hasn’t published a novel in eight years. Donna Tartt? Absent for 10. And the last time we heard from Allan Gurganus was in 1997. The drought ends this fall with a splash, as those three authors, among many others, bring out hotly anticipated new novels: Tan’s The Valley of Amazement (left) follows a virgin courtesan from turn-of the-century Shanghai to San Francisco; …