February 28, 2014 While writer Anthony Marra sees literary links between Ukraine's past and present turmoil, conflict in Kiev and the arrest of the infamous "El Chapo" remind novelist Zachary Lazar of a Mexican author.
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February 27, 2014 Alan Cheuse reviews Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones.
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February 26, 2014 It's been 15 years since acclaimed writer Lorrie Moore has brought out a new short story collection. Bark has some clunkers and some keepers, but critic Maureen Corrigan says it was worth the wait.
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February 26, 2014 Lorrie Moore's new collection, Bark, contains eight stories — but our reviewer Alan Cheuse says only two of them really stand out. But, he adds, those two offer some "first-rate reading pleasure."
February 25, 2014 In her new book of essays, I See You Made an Effort, comedian Annabelle Gurwitch muses on middle-aged life. Critic Heller McAlpin says that the book, infused throughout with "sharp wit," is hilarious.
February 25, 2014 Alan Cheuse reviews Lorrie Moore's new collection of stories, her first in 16 years.
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February 23, 2014 Who doesn't like to curl up with a good murder mystery? Author Louise Doughty recommends her favorite collection of such tales, and muses about why we're drawn to stories about homicides.
February 22, 2014 Animator Diane Obomsawin's On Loving Women is a graphic memoir of love and sexuality that collects stories from Obomsawin and her friends and lovers, in a quirky anthropomorphic animal style.
February 21, 2014 Michael Benedikt was an exemplary poet, a dedicated editor and an agoraphobic recluse. His work was almost lost forever — until two poets rescued his archive and published a selection, Time is a Toy.
February 20, 2014 Writer Kevin Roose followed eight new bankers through their first years on Wall Street. Reviewer Drew Toal says the book has a "solid sense of finance's corrosive day-to-day effects."
February 19, 2014 Critic Alex Gilvarry calls Jason Porter's first book "a humorous insight into the human condition."
February 19, 2014 Dave Itzkoff's new book, Mad as Hell, chronicles the making of the movie Network. NPR commentator Ted Koppel says Network was meant as a satire, but seems like "inspired prophecy" now.
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February 18, 2014 The hunt for a book of seditious poems is at the heart of medievalist Bruce Holsinger's detail-packed new novel; poet and fixer John Gower is hunting for the book, at the behest of his friend Geoffrey Chaucer. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says "filth of the street is likely to suck off the occasional shoe," but in the end, the experience is enjoyable.
February 17, 2014 A new biography reveals that young Thoreau took quite a few detours on his path to Walden. A gossipy young man who loved eating popcorn, ice skating and listening to his music box, schoolmates and neighbors found him standoffish and regarded his fascination with plants and Indian relics as downright odd.
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February 15, 2014 Author's partners often serve as sources of inspiration — but sometimes their influence is even more direct. In honor of Valentine's Day, Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon recommend three books that would not exist without their writers' significant others.
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