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February 3, 2017

The Devils, Damsels, and Discipline of Jorge de Sena 1

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The Prodigious Physician continues to resonate in our time in the way it celebrates equality between women and men, sexual freedom over prudery, reason over fanaticism, and the individual over the state.

February 2, 2017

A Classic Nightmare: On Emily Fridlund’s ‘History of Wolves’ 0

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The story returns to its most painful material and plunges us into a moment-by-moment experience of the self-delusions, complicity, and failures of nerve and understanding that lead to disaster.

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.