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Reviews & Essays

Can't and Won't

Uncoiling a Booker Prize winner's tightly wound collection of short -- at times very short -- stories.

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Reviews & Essays

The Little Girl who Fought the Great Depression

Why was Shirley Temple one of the most iconic figures of 1930's America?

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Pushkin Hills

A comedy of Russian art and politics finds a frustrated writer being torn apart at the seams.

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Reviews & Essays

Border Patrol Nation

Life under the expanding watch -- and lucrative industry -- of Homeland Security.

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Library Without Walls

Robert W. Chambers: Sentimental Horrification

An inspiration behind HBO's True Detective brings the horrors and earthly delights of the nineteenth century's roaring conclusion.

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Reviews & Essays

The Ghosts of Wrath

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of  John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a celebration of the author's revolutionary belief in familial loyalty and America's disenfranchised poor.

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Reading in Common

Living with a Wild God

A tenacious journalist takes up a bold new investigation into the potential existence of divine forces and the mystical nature of faith.

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The Speculator

Pillar to the Sky

An urgent mission to the cosmos bears the fortitude of the Founding Fathers and the Industrial Revolution's pioneers.

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Interviews

I Always Prefer Books That Are Inevitable: David Grossman on "Falling Out of Time"

The author of To the End of the Land returns to the grief of losing a child, in a poignant and richly lyrical dirge.

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Reviews & Essays

In Paradise

A guided tour through Nazi concentration camps makes for a haunting end to the life and career of a twentieth-century master.

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Reviews & Essays

I Am the Beggar of the World

A collection of short poems and photographs give lyrical voice to the citizens of Afghanistan's borderlands.

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University Presses

The Invention of News

The world before (and after) headlines.

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Reading Romance

I'd Know Her (Voice) Anywhere

For some writers, a sentence is as telling as a fingerprint.

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The Speculator

The Time Traveler's Almanac

From the editors of The Weird, an ambitious collection of temporal quests and ingenious paradoxes.

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A Reading Life

The Heathen School

How a New England school embodied a young nation's missionary zeal.

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