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  • A lifetime bond over books

    A lifetime bond over books
    Every Christmas when I was a child and even as a young adult, I knew which present I would open last. Deep under the tree, covered with fallen needles and those home-made paper ornaments you save for the lowest branches, lay a large box. Originally used for some bulky garment — a really significant cardigan or, pushing further back, one of those inexplicably popular fuzzy ponchos —it was the kind of box one saved, once upon a time, before gift bags were invented and gift wrap was dear, when kids were encouraged to slow down and remove the paper carefully so it could be smoothed, folded and used again. To make this box suitable for easy reuse, only its lid had been wrapped in red paper bedecked with some green figure (wreaths possibly, or just festive bows) that over the years frayed at the corners and had a web of inevitable wrinkles so that it eventually looked like a Christmas present might look on a TV screen full of static.
  • Discoveries

    A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman Complete Short Stories Margaret Drabble Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 215 pp., $24 Written over a period of 50 years, these stories reveal a great deal about a writer best known for her novels. Organized...

    Christopher Nolan dies at 43; Irish poet and novelist

    Christopher Nolan, an Irish poet and novelist who refused to let cerebral palsy get in the way of his writing, has died. He was 43. Nolan choked on a piece of food Friday at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, according to a statement from his family in the...

    'The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History With Jigsaws' by Margaret Drabble

    'The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History With Jigsaws' by Margaret Drabble
    The Pattern in the Carpet A Personal History With Jigsaws Margaret Drabble Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 368 pp., $25 "These fragments I have shored against my ruins," T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Waste Land." In "The Pattern in the Carpet," Margaret Drabble...

    Scientific meditations on the passage of time

    NO one who has read Margaret Drabble's novel "The Peppered Moth" can doubt her keen interest in science. In fact, Britain's venerable scientific association the Royal Society asked her to help judge its Aventis Science Book Prize in 2003. As she writes in...