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  • Karen Abbott's history of four Civil War women who spied or lied

    Karen Abbott's history of four Civil War women who spied or lied
    The story of Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew almost defies belief. A wealthy society woman living in Richmond, Va., during the Civil War, Van Lew engaged in extensive undercover work for the Union — right under the noses of the Confederacy. Not only...
  • Donald Antrim's new story collection goes in unexpected directions

    Donald Antrim's new story collection goes in unexpected directions
    At first glance, Donald Antrim's collection of short fiction, "The Emerald Light in the Air," looks like a departure — at least from the three novels for which he is known. If in the past, Antrim has played around the edges of reality — his...
  • In 'Bone Clocks,' David Mitchell ties his universes together

    We enter David Mitchell's new novel, "The Bone Clocks," through a conventional door: Holly Sykes, a mouthy British teenager in 1984, is sleeping with an older guy and spending time with a bad-news best friend. After a fight she decides to take off, a...
  • Smart ways to save on college textbooks

    (Reuters) - With the cost of college textbooks surpassing $1,000 a year for many students, soon-to-be sophomore Matt Schroeder came up with a smart way to trim costs. He worked out a system of borrowing books from upperclassmen, offering nominal...
  • J.D. Salinger's home in Cornish, N.H., is for sale

    J.D. Salinger's home in Cornish, N.H., is for sale
    You can own the home of legendary author J.D. Salinger in Cornish, N.H. Salinger's house is for sale for $679,000. And guess what? It's secluded. Set on 12 acres, the spacious 2,900-square-foot house is reached by traveling a mile and half down a...
  • Richard House's 'The Kills' challenges what a thriller can be

    Richard House's 'The Kills' challenges what a thriller can be
    Released last year in England and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Richard House's "The Kills" is a sprawling, 1,000-page epic that forgoes the formulaic machinations of the lowbrow thriller and aspires to high art. "The Kills" is divided into...
  • 'The Invisible Soldiers' warns of private security forces' rise

    'The Invisible Soldiers' warns of private security forces' rise
    Near the end of "The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security," author Ann Hagedorn recommends that President Dwight D. Eisenhower's famous warning in 1961 about the rise of the "military-industrial complex" should be updated. In the 21st...
  • Matthea Harvey's 'Tabloids' mashes word pictures with imaginative art

    Matthea Harvey's 'Tabloids' mashes word pictures with imaginative art
    True story: A teenager saw me with Matthea Harvey's new book of poems as I sat with it in a café and asked if she could look at it. She was the scowly sort, angry tattoo on her shoulder, who I thought was going to ask me if I had a cigarette; not,...
  • 'How the World Was' a vivid tale of a 20th century California boyhood

    'How the World Was' a vivid tale of a 20th century California boyhood
    The Parisian artist Emmanuel Guibert creates nonfiction graphic novels that have the emotional weight and patient observation of great prose fiction. Many of his books are based on long interviews with real subjects. "The Photographer" told the story of a...
  • Rene Steinke's 'Friendswood' visits a town toxic in many ways

    Rene Steinke's 'Friendswood' visits a town toxic in many ways
    René Steinke doesn't like to repeat herself. Her debut novel, "The Fires," drew readers into the mind of a pyromaniac through a haunting first-person narration. Her second, "Holy Skirts," sympathetically reimagined a marginal figure in the early 20th...
  • The Biblioracle: Seeking 'Wise Blood' first edition

    The Biblioracle: Seeking 'Wise Blood' first edition
    I am shopping for books even as I type, but I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on a particular purchase. I've read the book I'm considering buying three times and already own two copies, one of which doesn't have a cover anymore, which is why...