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Art and Empathy: The National Book Award Fiction Finalists

A former NBA judge searches through the final five for a book that could change your life.

 

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Nice Shots and Great Shots: Reading the National Book Award Fiction Finalists

A former National Book Award judge casts an eye over this year's contenders.

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The NBA Finalists: A Reader's Guide

In his third annual review of the National Book Award finalists, a former judge  surveys  the contenders.

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44 Bookers in 25 Words (Each)

A look back at past recipients in anticipation of the announcement of a new Man Booker Prize winner.

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April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.