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New Chester Himes Biography Reveals A Life As Wild As Any Detective Story

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2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

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'Golden Hill' Recalls The Dark Alleys And Twisted Virtue Of 18th-Century NYC

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Despite A Strong Start, 'Modern Gods' Falls Short Of Its Promise

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2 Families Cruise Toward Catastrophe In 'Do Not Become Alarmed'

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Searching For A Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away

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'No One Can Pronounce My Name' Is A Charming Take On Loneliness And Connection

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'Anything Is Possible' Explores The Unquiet Depths Of Ordinary Lives

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'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

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'One Of The Boys' Tells The Story Of A Corrosive Father-Son Relationship

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Smart, Satirical 'Devil And Webster' Takes On College Identity Politics

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Refugees Are Turned Back And A Rembrandt Goes Missing In Suspenseful 'Heretics'

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A Fatal Hit-And-Run Leads To A Collision Of Cultures In 'Waking Lions'

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'Ghachar Ghochar' Presents A Fretful Vision Of Indian Class Anxiety

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George Saunders Re-Imagines A President's Grief With 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

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