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'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.

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Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

Monday, January 26, 2015

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women is littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.

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In 'Death By Pastrami,' Charming Stories Of New York's Garment District

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Leonard S. Bernstein — the writer, not the composer — once owned and managed a garment factory. In his first work of fiction the octogenarian crafts quaint parables about the comic futility of life.

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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.

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Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

Monday, November 24, 2014

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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Superstorm Sandy Inspires Bleak, Poetic Landscapes In 'Let Me Be Frank'

Monday, November 10, 2014

In Richard Ford's brilliant collection of four short stories, protagonist Frank Bascombe returns to be "frank" about touchy topics. His awareness, particularly of mortality, is profound and hilarious.

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The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.

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You'll Want To Accept The Dinner Invitation To 'The Immortal Evening'

Thursday, October 23, 2014

On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.

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'The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher' And Other Stories From Hilary Mantel

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heads tend to roll, figuratively and otherwise, in Mantel's writing. Critic Maureen Corrigan says this new short story collection — about grotesque characters in the modern world — is breathtaking.

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'Florence Gordon' Isn't Friend Material, But You'll Appreciate Her

Monday, October 06, 2014

Brian Morton's novel features a 75-year-old woman — an icon of the Second Wave Women's Movement — who's a self-described "difficult woman." It's a witty, nuanced and ultimately moving novel.

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After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.

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After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.

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Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of Soul-Stealers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.

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As 'Boardwalk Empire' Comes To A Close, Creator Reminisces About Its Start

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The HBO show began its final season Sunday. Terence Winter says he wrote the Prohibition-era drama in part to work with Martin Scorsese. It was "something I couldn't possibly ... pass up," he says.

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'10:04': A Strange, Spectacular Novel Connecting Several Plotlines

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Ben Lerner's new novel is about a writer who gets an advance for a second work of fiction, is diagnosed with an aortic heart valve problem and agrees to be the sperm donor for a close friend.

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Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To 'Dear Committee Members'

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Julie Schumacher's anti-hero pens recommendations for junior colleagues, lackluster students and former lovers. The novel deftly mixes comedy with social criticism and righteous outrage.

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