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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 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, 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, 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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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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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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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fiction Truer Than Fact: A Haunting Autobiographical Novel()  

January 20, 2013 Leonard Michaels' Sylvia, an account of a violent and tumultuous love affair, began as an autobiographical essay and then grew into a novel. Author Sarah Manguso writes that despite all of its particularities, the story could really be about anyone. What are some novels that you can relate to?

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Urban Oases: Getting Lost in 'Invisible Cities'()  

January 21, 2013 Marco Polo sits in the garden of Kublai Khan and weaves tales of spider cities, gold cities and dream cities. Author Eric Weiner explains why the best travel book he has ever read isn't about a real place. What's your favorite book about an imaginary journey? Tell us in the comments.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Splendor Of Suffering In 'The Lonely Passion Of Judith Hearne'()  

February 10, 2013 Brian Moore's The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, a book about an alcoholic looking for love, is the novel that author Ann Leary always turns to when she's depressed. What books do you read when you're sad? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

On The 50th Anniversary Of Sylvia Plath's Death, A Look At Her Beginning()  

February 11, 2013 Poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher says The Colossus, Plath's first book of poetry (and the only one published in her lifetime), shows us glimpses of the poet she would later become. Do you have a favorite Plath poem? Tell us in the comments.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Darkness Visible: 'He Died With His Eyes Open' Is A Crime Novel Like No Other()  

March 10, 2013 Derek Raymond has been called the father of British noir. But author A.L. Kennedy says He Died With His Eyes Open is a crime novel so far beyond noir that there isn't even a word for that kind of darkness. Is there a book you find deeply disturbing but still love? Tell us in the comments.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

'The Quick And The Dead': Parables Of Doom And Merry Rapture ()  

March 17, 2013 Joy Williams' The Quick and the Dead, about three motherless girls traveling through the desert, left author Domenica Ruta with more questions than answers. Do you have a favorite book that left you confused — in a good way? Tell us in the comments.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

In Alice McDermott's 'Charming Billy,' Love Turns To Grief()  

March 31, 2013 In this novel about sadness and delusion, critic Harold Augenbraum says, "love ... tatters its own lovers." What's your favorite tragic novel? Tell us in the comments.

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

In A Vivid Memoir Of Life In Pakistan, A Vortex Of Tragedies()  

April 7, 2013 Sara Suleri Goodyear's heartbreaking memoir, Meatless Days, describes growing up in post-colonial Pakistan with an elegiac immediacy. Author Rajesh Parameswaran says the book does justice to the way memory actually lives in the mind.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Dreaming Of Justice: Hardscrabble Lives In Hallucinatory Prose()  

April 14, 2013 Tomás Rivera's ... And the Earth Did Not Devour Him is the account of a boy bearing witness to the injustices faced by migrant workers in the mid-20th century. Author Alex Espinoza says this book showed him that storytelling doesn't have to be private, it can be revolutionary.

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