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  • Book review: 'Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War'

    Book review: 'Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War'
    Revolution The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War Deb Olin Unferth Henry Holt: 212 pp., $24 In the 1980s, Central America was astir with civil unrest, in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua. While nation-states and their proxies intervened...
  • Book review: 'The Long Goodbye' by Meghan O'Rourke

    Book review: 'The Long Goodbye' by Meghan O'Rourke
    To face death without the architecture of belief may be devastating, but when endured by gifted writers, it results in a potent genre: the memoir of loss. There was Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," about the death of her husband, which won...
  • Book review: 'Say Her Name' by Francisco Goldman

    Book review: 'Say Her Name' by Francisco Goldman
    Say Her Name Francisco Goldman Grove Press: 350 pp., $24 Death has taken a conspicuous place in the recent works of several writers. Joan Didion lost her husband and wrote about it, as did Joyce Carol Oates. Elizabeth McCracken lost a baby; Christopher...
  • Literary journalism finds new platforms

    Literary journalism finds new platforms
    When National Book Award-winning novelist William T. Vollmann went to Japan this spring to report on the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant from inside the contamination zone, he did what any journalist would do. He bought a dosimeter to chart the...
  • Five summers, memorable for the reading

    1974: Unhappy at summer camp, I holed up in my bunk and read Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and Bernard Malamud's "The Natural." The camp might have been awful, but the books were anything but. 1980: In June, I attended a writers conference at UC...
  • Upbeat mood at Book Expo America

    Upbeat mood at Book Expo America
    — What makes Jane Fonda say "wow"? A bigger-than-capacity crowd of more than 200 booksellers waiting to hear about her latest, "Prime Time: Creating a Great Third Act," a rousing manual for aging well. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Book...
  • 'The Guardians: An Elegy' by Sarah Manguso

    'The Guardians: An Elegy' by Sarah Manguso
    The Guardians: An Elegy Sarah Manguso Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 128 pp., $20 For more than a year, I've been on a reader's grief patrol. Memoir about a mother dying of cancer? Story of a husband's stroke? Taking care of a declining relative on a...
  • Thomas Kinkade's artistic legacy up for grabs

    The death of popular artist Thomas Kinkade is certain to ignite controversy regarding the painter’s legacy. Known for his renderings of luminous landscapes and street scenes, often captured at twilight, the so-called painter of light, a Christian...
  • Beautifully packaged reads

    Beautifully packaged reads
    Abuse, betrayal, addiction and grief form the base for memoirs these days — even beautiful ones like Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. But Swim: Why We Love the Water, by pioneering TV news correspondent Lynn Sherr, breaks from the...
  • Nonfiction

    Nonfiction
    The Age of Movies The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael Edited by Sanford Schwartz Library of America, $40 Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best. Alice James A...
  • The best presents for the book nerds on your gift list

    The best presents for the book nerds on your gift list
    It Chooses You, by Miranda July (McSweeney's, 2011) The filmmaker/artist/poet/fiction writer Miranda July is well-known for her movies, whose moods share a kind of charming sincerity with that of her other work. Last month, July's first attempt at...