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Sunday, April 06, 2014

PG-13: Risky Reads

Under Scrutiny, Teen Learned Defiance From 'President's Daughter'()  

April 6, 2014 Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Poetry

Dark, Remarkable Poems Show 'How To Dance' Amid Economic Despair()  

March 29, 2014 Nick Lantz's third collection, How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, could hardly be called cheerful. But his poems of divorce and recession are accessible and entertaining, even at their most grim.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Reviews

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs()  

March 26, 2014 In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Reviews

'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos()  

March 25, 2014 Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Reviews

All Sides Of A Divorce, Told In Fresh, Lively 'Papers'()  

March 18, 2014 Susan Rieger's new The Divorce Papers is a modern epistolary novel, chronicling a crumbling marriage in court filings, emails and hand-written notes. Critic Alan Cheuse calls it serious yet charming.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Book Reviews

The Lively Linguistical Exuberance Of 'Being Blue'()  

March 16, 2014 The NYRB Classics imprint has reissued William Gass's 1976 raucous philosophical inquiry into the color blue. Reviewer Juan Vidal says it's more an experience to be had than a book to be read.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Reviews

A Delicate Arson: 'The Blazing World' Consumes Its Readers()  

March 15, 2014 Siri Hustvedt's latest uses fragmented documents to tell the story of an artist who chooses men to present her work. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls the book complex, harrowing, playful and engrossing.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Reviews

When You Befriend A Killer, You Can't Not Write About It()  

March 13, 2014 In 2008, Clark Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter and led police on a weeklong chase. Turned out he wasn't a Rockefeller at all; he was an impostor who happened to be friends with writer Walter Kirn.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Reviews

A Cautionary Tale For Aspiring 1-Percenters In 'Young Money'()  

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."

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Reviews

Midwestern Memoir Tracks 'Flyover Lives' Of Author's Forebears ()  

January 31, 2014 Diane Johnson often writes about American heroines living in France, but when she began her memoir, she found herself drawn back to her native ground in America's heartland. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Flyover Lives "lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds."

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