Heller McAlpin Heller McAlpin is a New York-based critic who reviews books regularly for NPR.org,The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.

Ian McEwan's other books include Solar, For You and On Chesil Beach. Eamonn McCabe/Courtesy of Nan A. Talese/Doubleday hide caption

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Christopher Hitchens, who died in December 2011 from complications related to esophageal cancer, was a columnist for Vanity Fair, and the author of Hitch-22 and God Is Not Great. Brooks Kraft/Corbis hide caption

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Paul Auster is the author of fiction including The New York Trilogy and In the Country of Last Things. Lotte Hansen/Picador hide caption

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