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Paradise Lust

Spin a globe and jab your finger down at random. Chances are good that some wild-eyed theorist has, at some point in the past, placed the "historical" Garden of Eden wherever your digit just landed. In this lively, charming survey of attempts to definitively locate a mythic nexus, Brook Wilensky-Lanford does not stint on madcap details. Eden in Ohio? Readers will be believers after imbibing this wealth of folly.

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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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