April 30, 2014 Issue 46 of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern showcases crime fiction from all over Latin America, with new stories from writers like Alejandro Zambra. Reviewer Juan Vidal calls it rousing and essential.
April 29, 2014 Poet Najwan Darwish's first collection to appear in English muses on identity, history and heartbreak. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's passionate, yet "so matter-of-fact that it stops the breath."
April 26, 2014 In Teju Cole's newest, elliptical novel, an unnamed narrator visits his native country, alarmed at what has changed, and at what hasn't.
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April 26, 2014 Bestselling author Maeve Binchy wrote stories about fictional Chestnut Street all her life. When she died in 2012, they were collected into a volume reviewer Bobbi Dumas calls lyrical and accessible.
April 24, 2014 The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It's a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.
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April 24, 2014 Philip Short's new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.
April 23, 2014 Darryl Gregory's new novel, Afterparty, envisions a future where anyone with the right gear can make his own custom drugs. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a juicy jumble of second-generation biopunk.
April 22, 2014 Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.
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April 22, 2014 Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.
April 21, 2014 The Ballad of a Small Player is set in the murky underworld of Macau's casinos. Reviewer Tash Aw calls the novel a masterful and thrilling collision of old Asia and 21st century glamour.
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April 20, 2014 Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless.
Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in 1982, died Thursday at 87.
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April 18, 2014 Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.
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April 18, 2014 Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is a careful, layered account of a troubled family in rural 1950s Ohio, narrated by a quasi-Greek chorus of daughters and cousins.
Physicist Albert Einstein found great joy in his hobby — playing the violin.
April 17, 2014 Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.
April 17, 2014 Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.
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