July 17, 2012 Who says humor books can't be serious? Critic Heller McAlpin recommends some light but not weightless reads on mostly modern dilemmas: the pitfalls of class snobbery, what to do with those expensive higher degrees, the challenges of long marriages, and why otherwise rational women wear high heels.
January 23, 2012 In this cheekily irreverent first novel by Shalom Auslander, an worry-worn family man moves to bucolic upstate New York — only to find that Anne Frank is squatting in his attic.
January 11, 2012 Shalom Auslander's Hope: A Tragedy takes on genocide, identity politics and Anne Frank (now elderly and squatting in a farmhouse in upstate New York) with grim humor and daring irreverence.
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February 13, 2010 Who needs the frustration of dedicating yourself to another person? This Valentine's Day, writer Annabelle Gurwitch finds a love affair with words much more satisfying. The most interesting love, she says, happens during a passionate attraction to ideas.
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