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Reviews & Essays

Defining Themselves: Transgender Teen Lit

Fiction and nonfiction for teens that explores life beyond male and female.

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Reviews & Essays

The Vanquished Enemy: Everest Above All

An alpine journey of "howling blizzards" and awesome views, from the author of The Steady Running of the Hour.

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The Speculator

Seeds of Ice and Fire

Ten writers the Game of Thrones fan needs to know.

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A Broken Hallelujah

This is not a biography of Leonard Cohen: it's a spiritual odyssey.

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Rock & Roll &

More Generous than That

A rock musician-turned-novelist takes the woes of three hard-luck Americans and makes them sing.

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Crime and Punishment

The Lie

Ghosts of the past haunt a fragile World War I veteran living on England's southern coast.

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A Reading Life

Shakespeare in America

The Bard's lasting influence on U.S. icons during some of the nation's most pivotal moments.

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Reviews & Essays

The French Intifada

The tumultuous history of France and its Arabs in the wake of the Algerian War.

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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Thinking outside the box of twentieth-century office life.

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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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The Little Girl who Fought the Great Depression

Why was Shirley Temple one of the most iconic figures of 1930s 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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Border Patrol Nation

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

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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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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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