May 30, 2014 Poet Tess Taylor reviews I Am the Beggar of the World, a new poetry collection that offers a rare glimpse into Afghan lives.
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May 29, 2014 Ellen Gilchrist's bittersweet new story collection is filled with good people who stay strong in the worst of situations — a refreshingly warm-hearted view of humanity that only occasionally cloys.
May 29, 2014 A new fantasy anthology collects stories from places and voices often overlooked by mainstream authors, from a Qing Dynasty courtesan in China to the Igbo rebels of Nigeria's 1929 "Women's War."
May 28, 2014 Polish journalist Mariusz Szczygieł's compilation of short vignettes about Czechoslovakia centers on Prague's infamous Stalin monument, a giant edifice that lingers despite its destruction in 1962.
May 27, 2014 The famed writer of Westerns uses his first novel in five years to blow a few holes in the myths surrounding the shootout at the OK Corral. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it "a peach of a book."
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Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove, seen here in 2013, has been forced to respond to critics of his plan to pull classic American novels from a major British standardized test.
May 27, 2014 A push to protect To Kill A Mockingbird. Also: Notable books coming out this week include a wildly original collection of poetry and a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thriller.
May 27, 2014 Legendary food writer Ruth Reichl stumbles on her first foray into fiction, with a novel about food, love and redemption that critic Heller McAlpin calls "as predictably sweet as packaged cakes."
May 27, 2014 Robbins applies his signature verbal gusto to his own life in a new memoir — and reviewer Jason Sheehan says your enjoyment may depend on how much you really want to hear about Robbins himself.
May 26, 2014 The nine tales in Elizabeth McCracken's Thunderstruck deal with death, tragedy and darkness, but the collection shines due to the mesmerizing strangeness of its extraordinary images.
May 25, 2014 Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi's new book, his first to receive an English translation, is a haunting tale of love, loss, millet wine and whales that walks a fine line between sci-fi and magical realism.
May 24, 2014 Two decades after Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen is back with Cambridge, an unflinching, elegiac, quasi-autobiographical novel that takes us back to her childhood in the 1950s.
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May 22, 2014 Michael Cunningham's newest novel is named after a fairy tale. But this is no Disney fantasy. Instead The Snow Queen is a story of death, drugs and aging (not always gracefully).
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May 22, 2014 The Essential Ellen Willis focuses on the writer's explicitly feminist culture criticism. It was edited by Willis' daughter, who published an earlier collection of her mother's essays in 2011.
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May 22, 2014 Monica Byrne's post-apocalyptic novel follows two women on dangerous journeys around India and Africa; reviewer Jason Heller says the vivid, haunting prose staggers under the weight of too many ideas.
May 22, 2014 The Vacationers is a cinematic family drama set on the picturesque island of Mallorca. While the narrative arc verges on predictable, the book's screwball charms make for a pleasant diversion.
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