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  • New in paperbacks: Elizabeth Kolbert's 'Sixth Extinction,' others

    New in paperbacks: Elizabeth Kolbert's 'Sixth Extinction,' others
    The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, Picador, 319 pages, $16 Kolbert explores scientific research suggesting the earth is experiencing a great extinction, potentially the most devastating since the extinction of dinosaurs. Unlike the previous five...
  • Review: 'Whipping Boy' by Allen Kurzweil

    Review: 'Whipping Boy' by Allen Kurzweil
    When a middle-class Jewish boy from New York enrolled at a Swiss boarding school in 1971, the lessons in swordsmanship and elocution were hardly the strangest things he encountered. Unchaperoned boys were often sent with minimal supplies on expeditions...
  • Review: 'West of Sunset' by Stewart O'Nan

    Review: 'West of Sunset' by Stewart O'Nan
    In the early 2000s, I wrote for People, often covering celebrities. One of our major themes, found in profiles and photos, was to show how stars are just like us. Pictures regularly featured famous people taking out the garbage, playing with their...
  • The Biblioracle: Making a molehill out of 'Mountain'

    In 2009, Annie Proulx told the Paris Review that she wished she'd never written her short story, "Brokeback Mountain." Apparently, following the movie adaptation, which won an Academy Award for its director, Ang Lee, strangers felt compelled to send...
  • Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti hopes for era of peace with publishers after difficult 2014

    The overseer of Amazon.com's Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace. With a monthslong standoff between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over e-book revenues settled and a multiyear agreement in place, Amazon senior vice president Russ...
  • Review: 'Friends Disappear' by Mary Barr

    Review: 'Friends Disappear' by Mary Barr
    At first glance, the photograph that once hung on Mary Barr's refrigerator door upholds Evanston's widely praised reputation for integrated education and open housing. The 1974 photo depicts 13 black and white friends posed on the stairs of a home, the...
  • Review: 'Almost Famous Women' by Megan Mayhew Bergman

    Review: 'Almost Famous Women' by Megan Mayhew Bergman
    Maybe the world had been bad to its great and unusual women," muses a character in what might be the thesis statement of Megan Mayhew Bergman's second short story collection, "Almost Famous Women." In 12 of 13 stories, Bergman strives to do justice to...
  • Review: 'The Modern Savage' by James McWilliams

    Review: 'The Modern Savage' by James McWilliams
    James McWilliams is a hard guy to figure out. For more than five years, he's been cranking out contrarian essays that take aim at sustainable food's sacred cows: pastured livestock, organic produce, local food and, yes, even farmers markets. The usual...
  • Review: 'Captives' by Norman Manea

    Review: 'Captives' by Norman Manea
    For the three characters at the center of Norman Manea's "Captives," identity formation is a matter of survival: Haunted by their wartime experiences, the Holocaust and a repressive communist Romania, in which the novel is set (and during which Manea...
  • New in paperbacks: 'After the War Is Over,' more

    New in paperbacks: 'After the War Is Over,' more
    After the War Is Over by Jennifer Robson, William Morrow, 369 pages, $14.99 This novel follows Charlotte Brown, who after four years as a military nurse, leaves behind the Great War to help the needy. She receives two life-changing messages: an offer...
  • Review: 'Outline' by Rachel Cusk

    Review: 'Outline' by Rachel Cusk
    In the conclusion to an essay he wrote about Aerosmith, the music writer Steven Hyden has a funny, damning line about the band's career: "Aerosmith was a drug-fueled rock band when drug-fueled rock bands were big business, it was a non-drug-fueled rock...