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  • The Biblioracle: Books by, about women are not niche works

    The Biblioracle: Books by, about women are not niche works
    Sometimes your mighty Biblioracle gets his book recommendations from Twitter.
  • Home Is Where The Heart (and the Hatred) Is: Jane Smiley's 'Early Warning'

    Home Is Where The Heart (and the Hatred) Is: Jane Smiley's 'Early Warning'
    If anyone thought the prolific American writer Jane Smiley, now 65, peaked early with 1991’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Thousand Acres” almost a quarter century ago, they’d be wrong. With works ranging from the nonfiction “...

    Summer's best new books -- for the beach and beyond

    Summer's best new books -- for the beach and beyond
    What comes to mind when you think of a "beach read"? A $7.99 mass-market novel set in Nantucket or the South Carolina low country, featuring some treacly romantic storyline and photo-realistic cover art of an Adirondack chair, sun hat and/or lighthouse?...

    Nell Zink's comic 'Mislaid' is quick-paced, problematic

     Nell Zink's comic 'Mislaid' is quick-paced, problematic
    Mislaid, misnamed, misconstrued — all of these terms could describe Nell Zink's exuberant but problematic second novel, a comedy of manners and errors about sexuality, race and class in the American South. The time is 1960s post-segregation...

    Review: 'Orient' by Christopher Bollen

    Review: 'Orient' by Christopher Bollen
    The talent outruns the proficiency sometimes, in younger novelists. There are only three disciplines that produce prodigies — math, music and chess — and what they have in common is that none of them requires emotional intelligence. The...