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  • Book review: 'The Paris Wife' by Paula McLain

    Book review: 'The Paris Wife' by Paula McLain
    The fascination with Ernest Hemingway's years in Paris in the early 1920s seems to never die. Witness the sudden rise on bestseller lists across the country of "The Paris Wife," Paula McLain's novel narrated by the first of Hemingway's four wives, Hadley Richardson. She tells the story of their years together; 1920-27. Hemingway himself found these years fascinating — in 1956, thirty years after his marriage to Richardson had ended, the author found an old trunk full of notebooks from that time in storage at the Paris Ritz. He began stitching together a memoir that included a long apology to Richardson and was itself full of nostalgia and regret. Three years after his suicide in 1961 his then wife Mary edited and published that memoir, sans apology to Richardson; it was called "A Moveable Feast."
  • Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway

    Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway
    For much of the 1980s, beginning when I was in college, I used to read a Hemingway book a year. The point was not self-improvement but rather a kind of exploration: What was it, exactly, about his writing that I'd missed? I had read "The Sun Also Rises"...

    Demise of Borders recalls the end of Remington's

    The news that Borders, the nation's second-largest book chain, is giving up the ghost and closing its doors after 40 years came as no real surprise to anyone. The Wall Street Journal observed last week that Borders' exit was the "'first major casualty of...

    'The Orchardist' inspires a rumination on the role of place in literature

    'The Orchardist' inspires a rumination on the role of place in literature
    Hi, my name is Alan, and I'm drunk with landscape. I've just finished teaching a writing workshop in how to deploy setting in modern fiction, mainly, the modern novel, so I couldn't easily get the subject off my mind in any case. And now, just as the...

    In books, Baltimore beats Denver

    In books, Baltimore beats Denver
    As the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos get ready for their big playoff game Saturday, there are plenty of opinions about how the teams and cities compare. But in one competition -- based on books -- Baltimore wins hands down. The East Coast city had...