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  • Editor's choice: 'The Liar's Wife'

    Editor's choice: 'The Liar's Wife'
    "Heat was a presence, a companion, but not, as in daytime, an oppressor." It's a summer evening, and a yellow Frito-Lay delivery truck across the street looks all wrong parked on this suburban Connecticut street. Sipping wine, the narrator of the...
  • Review: 'Possibilities' by Herbie Hancock

    Review: 'Possibilities' by Herbie Hancock
    You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to be acquainted with Herbie Hancock, a protean musician who has ventured far afield from his jazz and classical roots to become something of an icon of American culture. Ranging freely from jazz to funk,...
  • Review: 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' by Charles M. Blow

    Review: 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' by Charles M. Blow
    Memoirs are endeavors wherein the author says to the reader: "Here's what happened to me." The authorial motive, more often than not, is a combination of the memoirist's need to get something off his or her chest (or out of his or her gut), along with the...
  • Review: 'Cosby' by Mark Whitaker

    Review: 'Cosby' by Mark Whitaker
    Comedian Hannibal Buress recently went on a rant aimed at Bill Cosby, a rant — "You raped women, Bill Cosby" — fueled by the many allegations over the last decade of rape or sexual assault by more than a dozen women that have shadowed Cosby'...
  • Darcey Steinke's 'Sister Golden Hair' a winning tale of girlhood

    Darcey Steinke has published five novels and a memoir in the last 25 years (her first book came out in 1989 when she was 27). For all her apparent productivity, Steinke has been relatively quiet in recent years: It has been nearly a decade since her...
  • Review: 'The Republic of Imagination' of Azar Nafisi

    Review: 'The Republic of Imagination' of Azar Nafisi
    In 2003, Azar Nafisi dazzled the world with "Reading Lolita in Tehran." It's the Iran-born author's passionate exploration of literature and intellectual freedom told through the story of brave women who secretly read and discussed American novels in...
  • Review: 'You Might Remember Me' by Mike Thomas

    It is remarkable in this celebrity-obsessed age that it has taken so long to receive a full-length biography of Phil Hartman. Given the heat of his fame — in the 1980s and '90s he was a bright star of "Saturday Night Live," "The Simpsons" (his...
  • Leon Panetta's 'Worthy Fights' critiques Obama's policies

    Leon Panetta's 'Worthy Fights' critiques Obama's policies
    As a young Republican in 1969, Leon Panetta joined the Nixon administration as the director of the Office of Civil Rights. Panetta worked to integrate Southern schools, but after discovering that Richard Nixon's White House was trying to delay...
  • Review: 'The Prince of Los Cocuyos' by Richard Blanco

    Review: 'The Prince of Los Cocuyos' by Richard Blanco
    One of life's great challenges is finding a home: not just a physical home, but a sense of being at home — at home in your culture, at home in your country, at home with the people you love, and — maybe most important — at home with...
  • Denis Johnson's carefully arranged derangement

    Denis Johnson's carefully arranged derangement
    Denis Johnson tends to let his work speak for itself. Since the publication of his debut novel, "Angels," in 1983 he's written some of the most essential books in contemporary American literature, but he doesn't often talk about them. "My general policy,"...
  • 'The Mayor' by Richard Riordan short on revelations, insight

     'The Mayor' by Richard Riordan short on revelations, insight
    In his long public life in Los Angeles, including eight years as mayor, few ever accused Richard J. Riordan of being the Great Communicator. Sincere. Awkward. Generous. Tone deaf. Unbending. Passionate. All of those, yes. But capable of moving people...