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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Adjust Your Vision: Tolstoy's Last And Darkest Novel()  

January 6, 2013 Resurrection, Tolstory's last and perhaps least-read novel, is also his most bleak. Author George Saunders writes that it opened his eyes to the plight of the disenfranchised — in Tolstoy's Russia and the modern world. What book opened your eyes to the suffering of others? Tell us in the comments.

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by Leo Tolstoy, Richard F. Gustafson et al.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Depression-Era Evil: Gothic Horror In A Haunted Land()  

January 1, 2013 The Night of the Hunter is a much-loved film, but author Julia Keller says the book it is based on is even better — a forgotten masterpiece. Do you have a favorite book that became a movie? Tell us in the comments.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

War Writ Small: Of Pushcarts And Peashooters()  

December 19, 2012 Jean Merrill's classic children's book The Pushcart War explores war, peace and pushcarts on the streets of New York. Author Adam Mansbach writes that the story still resonates. Do you have a favorite children's book that deals with heavy themes? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

A Gruesome 'Sabbath': Roth's Vile, Brilliant Masterpiece()  

December 3, 2012 Philip Roth recently announced that he had written his last novel. Author Matthew Specktor explains why Sabbath's Theater, released in 1995, is not only Roth's most disgusting novel but also his best. Do you have a favorite book that breaks all the rules? Tell us in the comments.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Warrior's Welcome In 'Billy Lynn'()  

November 28, 2012 Ben Fountain's newest book, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, takes place over the course of a single day in the life of Spc. William Lynn. Author Jonathan Evison writes that this is a book so vivid he felt like he lived it. Have you ever read a book that felt real? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Strange Fruit And Stranger Dreams In The Deep South()  

November 26, 2012 The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You may be more than 15,000 lines of almost entirely unpunctuated poetry, but author Steve Stern says this Southern gothic fun house is so bewitching you'll have to finish it. Do you have a favorite impossible book? Tell us in the comments.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Death At The Lighthouse: Witless Bay Comes Alive()  

November 14, 2012 The Bird Artist, Howard Norman's 1994 novel about the murder of a lighthouse keeper, is set in Witless Bay. Author Da Chen writes that the distinctive setting makes this novel a success. What is your favorite book with an unforgettable setting? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Cosmic Love: A Sensual Sanskrit Epic Revived()  

November 5, 2012 The great Sanskrit epic The Birth of Kumara details the heavenly lovemaking of Shiva and Parvati. Author Aatish Taseer tells how reading the fifth-century epic connected him to classical India. What work of literature brought you closer to home? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

A Historical Account Of Revolution In Present Tense()  

October 15, 2012 After the first manuscript of Thomas Carlyle's French Revolution was accidentally burned, he began again with renewed fervor. Historian H.W. Brands explains why Carlyle's book remains fresh as ever. Have you ever lost your magnum opus to fire or flash drive? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, August 06, 2012

An Apocalyptic Romp Through The 'Golden' State()  

August 6, 2012 Golden Days starts out as a fun tale of '80s Los Angeles. By the end, it's a devastating portrait of life after a nuclear blast. Author Gabrielle Zevin says it showed her that novels, like life, can span multiple genres. Do you have a favorite book about life in California? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Monsters In Black Tie: A World Of Cliques And Class()  

August 6, 2012 The five interconnected Patrick Melrose novels may first seem like vapid tales of the wildly rich, but to author Mark Saunders they're also harsh dramas about the excesses of the British upper crust. What's your favorite story of the upper class? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

An Existential Guide For When You're Really 'Lost'()  

July 30, 2012 Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't usually read self-help books, but something about Walker Percy's existential optimism in Lost In The Cosmos actually changed his outlook on life. Do you have a favorite self-help book? Tell us in the comments below.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

In Old Havana, A Story Of Sunlight And Mystery()  

June 25, 2012 For Pablo Medina, Guillermo Cabrera Infante's Three Trapped Tigers was powerful enough to transport him back to his homeland of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Is there a book that has whisked you back to the place where you grew up? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Cowslips To Kingcups: Finding Joy In The Garden
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May 28, 2012 When author Lauren Groff found herself anxious and unable to work, she needed a book to get lost in. Elizabeth and Her German Garden, with its great, hidden depths, consoled her through her darkest time. Has a book ever gotten you out of a tough moment? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Recalling The Past: The Intimate Objects Of Childhood()  

May 28, 2012 Sometimes rediscovering an object from childhood can bring back a flood of memories. Jeffrey Lewis rediscovered much of his young self when he read Berlin Childhood around 1900. Has a book ever reminded you of your own early life? Tell us about it in the comments.

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