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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

These 'Miracle Cures' Are Absurd And Delightful()  

October 17, 2012 Argentine author César Aira's newest novel, The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira, is the story of a doctor's quest for miracle cures for imagined illnesses — and to defeat his wicked archnemesis, the sinister Dr. Actyn. Reviewer Pablo Medina says it's worth a read.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Collaboration Leaves Couple 'Drawn Together'()  

October 17, 2012 Husband and wife cartoonists Robert and Aline Crumb have worked jointly on autobiographical comics for nearly four decades. The panels of their new graphic novel overflow with voluminous speech bubbles filled with the Crumbs' honest observations about anything and everything.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

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'May We Be Forgiven': A Story Of Second Chances()  

October 11, 2012 In A.M. Homes' suburbia, yawning sinkholes will suddenly open up in front lawns, swallowing cliched plotlines and opening portals to other dimensions. In her latest novel, she serves up an old-fashioned American story that's more Norman Bates than Norman Rockwell.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Mapping The Road 'From The Closet To The Altar'()  

October 11, 2012 Michael Klarman, a Harvard law professor and former clerk for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, traces the judicial history of gay marriage in America from WWII to the present. According to Klarman, the "handwriting on the wall" indicates the imminent legalization of same-sex marriage.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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Bits Of Beauty Amidst The Gloom In 'Building Stories'()  

October 9, 2012 Graphic novelist Chris Ware's latest, Building Stories, is a collection in many formats, following the (mostly) sad and lonely lives of the inhabitants of a Chicago brownstone. But reviewer Glen Weldon says the work is colorful, intricate and ultimately beautiful.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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Page And Screen Make Peace In 'Mr. Penumbra'()  

October 3, 2012 The debut novel of Robin Sloan, a former Twitter and Current TV employee, tells the thoughtful, magical story of Clay, a worker in a mysterious literary emporium. Aside from the occasional groaner insight, the buoyant narrative demonstrates Sloan's gift of charismatic prose.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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Details Weigh Down The Drama In 'Live By Night'()  

October 2, 2012 Dennis Lehane's latest novel moves from the modern Boston of books like Mystic River to Prohibition-era Florida. Reviewer Jennifer Reese says the story is weighed down by too much lovingly researched period detail, and not enough attention to character development.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

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'May We Be Forgiven' Blames The Online World()  

September 27, 2012 After an ill-advised affair with his sister-in-law ends tragically, Harold, the protagonist of A.M. Homes' new novel, looks to the Internet for solace. Harold's unfortunate online encounters unfold as a dark, but ultimately hopeful, critique of the digital generation.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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A Midcentury Romance, With 'Sunlight' And 'Shadow'()  

September 26, 2012 When aspiring Broadway actress Catherine and World War II vet Harry first lock eyes on the Staten Island Ferry, everything changes — but their lives together won't be easy. Mark Helprin delivers an old-fashioned love story, and an ode to 1940s New York, in his novel In Sunlight and in Shadow.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Pratchett Leaves Discworld For London In 'Dodger'()  

September 26, 2012 Author Terry Pratchett is best known for his 39-book Discworld series, but his latest novel, Dodger, leaves the Disc behind for a lighthearted romp through Victorian London. Reviewer Tasha Robinson says Dodger shows an author wearing his not-so-secret soft heart on his sleeve.

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