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December 18, 2011

A Year in Reading: Jeff Martin 0

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Emotional without even a touch of sentimentality, the piece perfectly captures the questions, assumptions, and mysteries that arise from combing through the material past of a loved one.

December 18, 2011

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 4

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Behold: a museum of my failures, an atlas of incompletion, a tour of the ruins of a future that never came. I call it “Reviews I Did Not Write This Year.”

December 18, 2011

Why America Needs Indies 0

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Farhad Manjoo thinks corner bookstores are simply comfy and quaint. According to a response by The Christian Science Monitor, he couldn’t be more wrong.

December 18, 2011

A Year in Reading: Kevin Hartnett 0

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Following on months of transition and many sleepless newborn nights, Murakami’s rare, strange story gave me back my human shape.

December 17, 2011

Raising L.A.’s Literary Profile 0

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Wednesday night at the Hammer Museum, the editors of the new Los Angeles Review of Books explained how their new web-only book review will raise L.A.’s literary profile.

December 17, 2011

Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel 2

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There’s a body in the first chapter, but the real story here isn’t the crime; it’s the extent to which we’re willing to lie to ourselves, to ignore the obvious, in pursuit of happiness or companionship or love.

December 17, 2011

Praising Penelope 1

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Biographer and novelist Penelope Fitzgerald of the Booker Prized novel Offshore, was born on this day in 1916. Ranked twenty-third on the London Times 2008 list of “Britain’s Fifty Greatest Writers Since WWII,” Fitzgerald didn’t begin her twenty-year writing career until age fifty-eight. Can we say Post-40 Bloomer?

December 17, 2011

A Year in Reading: Jacob Lambert 2

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I felt utterly rabbit-punched. It was the only book I’ve ever read that betrayed me in such a way — like finding that your cousin’s hilarious web video was directed by Adam McKay.

December 17, 2011

A Year in Reading: Patrick Brown 2

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Here was the reading experience I was looking for! I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I read it over breakfast, over lunch. I voluntarily took the bus to work, just so I’d have extra time to read. It was the book that reminded me what a pleasure a great book can be.

December 16, 2011

On a Different Note 0

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And now for something completely different, a book review of Shaq’s new memoir.