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Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Munro Weighs The Twists And Turns Of This 'Dear Life'()  

November 15, 2012 Alice Munro delivers a collection of stories that makes ordinary existence seem extraordinary, from the costly nature of first love to the literal cost of a small-town affair to the love between two strangers who are perfectly unsuited for each other.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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A Vengeful Virgin In 'The Testament Of Mary'()  

November 14, 2012 Colm Toibin's latest novel reimagines the life and death of Jesus through the eyes of his mother. Elegantly subversive, The Testament of Mary examines the nature of truth and storytelling from the point of view of the world's most famous virgin.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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'Brain On Fire' Details An Out-Of-Mind Experience()  

November 14, 2012 In 2009, New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan was hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disorder. After recovering, she remembered almost nothing about the ordeal, so she decided to find out what happened. Her new book provides a remarkable reconstruction of the events of her sickness.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Delicious Deceit Abounds In McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth'()  

November 13, 2012 British author Ian McEwan is known for multilayered tales with surprise endings, and his latest novel doesn't disappoint. The story of a Cold War intelligence agent who falls for the target of her investigation is sprinkled with hints of subversive intents, making it a clever bonbon of a book.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

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Ian McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth' Leaves A Sour Taste()  

November 12, 2012 The novelist has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award. His latest novel, however, earns the ire of critic Maureen Corrigan, who usually numbers among McEwan's fans but finds herself dismayed by this book's attitudes toward women.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

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Giving Wing To A Story Of Climate Change()  

November 8, 2012 Barbara Kingsolver's new novel starts when millions of monarch butterflies alight on a mountain in eastern Tennessee. Yet, as author Brian Kimberling describes, the beautiful winged visitors in the novel reveal both humankind's effect on nature and the nature of humankind.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

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Going 'Marbles': From Manic Highs To Oceanic Lows()  

November 8, 2012 Cartoonist Ellen Forney documents her bipolar disorder in Marbles, a graphic memoir that sustains its honesty and humor through both manic and depressive phases. No matter what she's experiencing, Forney wants you to be there with her — and chances are you'll want to be there, too.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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'Flight Behavior' Weds Issues To A Butterfly Narrative()  

November 6, 2012 Barbara Kingsolver's seventh novel addresses global warming and the failings of public education through the story of a Tennessee woman whose thus-far disappointing life changes when 15 million monarch butterflies alight in the woods near her home.

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Monday, November 05, 2012

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Caring For Mom, Dreaming Of 'Elsewhere'()  

November 5, 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo began looking out for his mother early in life. In his new memoir, Elsewhere, Russo writes not only of his mother, but of the vanished world that shaped her. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book "gorgeously nuanced."

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Friday, November 16, 2012

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'Elsewhere' Has Beauty, But No Happy Ending()  

November 16, 2012 Novelist Richard Russo's new memoir, Elsewhere, is the uncompromisingly tragic — yet beautifully told — story of his relationship with his mentally ill mother. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it "one of the most honest, moving American memoirs in years."

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