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February 2, 2017

The Family 0

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Recommended Reading (National Prayer Breakfast edition): Jeff Sharlet’s terrifying, timely The Family.

February 2, 2017

Ghost Stories 1

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A controversial homebirth midwife; a woman cop who took six bullets as she helped stop a terrorist attack; a young woman making the best of life despite a disfiguring disease. Those are the kinds of people I have ghostwritten books for.

February 1, 2017

Translating Bigly 0

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Pity the translators.

February 1, 2017

February Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month) 4

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Here’s what we’re looking out for this month.

January 31, 2017

Global Crises, International Art 0

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Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich put together a reading list to help children understand the global refugee experience, and Kaveh Akbar compiled a list of poems from the seven countries — Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria — impacted by President Donald Trump’s executive order. Meanwhile, Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) has been curating a Spotify playlist of music from those countries […]

January 31, 2017

How Mark Twain Invented the Wild West 1

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Twain’s claim to having created the first modern cowboy is borne out of only a short scene that occurs on the periphery of Finn’s story — a nugget of gold nestled in the middle of the book.

January 31, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Auster; Whitaker; Lobo; Appelfeld; Reve 0

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New this week: 4321 by Paul Auster; The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker; Mr. Iyer Goes to War by Ryan Lobo; The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld; and The Evenings by Gerard Reve. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

January 30, 2017

Sentimental and Manipulative: On Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Here I Am’ 45

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In spite of Foer’s issues, in spite of the flaws wounding Here I Am, in spite of the fact that it’s at least 100 pages longer than it needs to be, when I closed the book for the last time, I was genuinely moved.

January 30, 2017

Lydia Davis Reads 0

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Recommended Reading: Four stories by Lydia Davis.

January 30, 2017

For the Love of the Books 2

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In the world that I grew up, books — at least certain books — were seen as something dangerous, something to be wary of and keep at a distance if possible.