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Ester Bloom is an editor of the Billfold whose writing appears in Slate, Salon, Creative Non-Fiction, Flavorwire, New York Magazine's Vulture blog, the Toast, and numerous other venues. Follow her @shorterstory.

Michael Chabon Enchants with Moonglow

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Michael Chabon Enchants with Moonglow

It’s unusual for an author to cheerfully refer to his own 400+ page novel as a “pack of lies,” as Chabon does in the Acknowledgements section of his...
Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder Will Make You Believe

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Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder Will Make You Believe

As award-winning author Emma Donoghue made clear in her breakthrough novel Room, she is a master of tight spaces: both the physically cramped confines...
Colson Whitehead Takes The Underground Railroad From Metaphor to Devastating Reality

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Colson Whitehead Takes The Underground Railroad From Metaphor to Devastating Reality

In the midst of the never-ending election, America focused on either accepting or rejecting the notion that the country needs to be made great...
Homegoing Traces a Family’s Lives Across Continents and Generations

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Homegoing Traces a Family’s Lives Across Continents and Generations

Any novel that begins in West Africa and follows members of a family across an ocean to America will be compared to Alex Haley’s...
Mean Girls Meet Their Match In Girls On Fire

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Mean Girls Meet Their Match In Girls On Fire

Many of us remember our teenage years as the most intense period of our lives. The highs are higher, the lows lower, the mediums all but nonexistent. The...
25 Life Lessons I Learned From Harry Potter

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25 Life Lessons I Learned From Harry Potter

1. The family you are born into matters much less than the family you choose. 2. Despite what we were taught by When Harry Met Sally, men and women can be...

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Enter the Mysterious World of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

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Enter the Mysterious World of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Acclaimed British writer Helen Oyeyemi (Boy, Snow, Bird) ignores the conventional wisdom that “magical realism” doesn’t sell, or that...
Genius Is a Gift And a Curse In A Doubter’s Almanac

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Genius Is a Gift And a Curse In A Doubter’s Almanac

America has long been fascinated with geniuses, both real and fictional. Oscar-winning films like Good Will Hunting and A Beautiful Mind, the recent...
An Intriguing Offer Leads to an Existential Crisis in Rachel Cantor’s Sophomore Novel, Good On Paper

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An Intriguing Offer Leads to an Existential Crisis in Rachel Cantor’s Sophomore Novel, Good On Paper

Brooklyn, NY, doesn’t lack for intellectual writers that can put together a densely layered, heady, urban story about densely layered, heady, urban...
Alexander Chee’s Regal, Epic Queen of the Night

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Alexander Chee’s Regal, Epic Queen of the Night

With his second novel The Queen of the Night, a coming of age tale about the life, loves, and career of a self-made opera singer in late 19th-century...
Elizabeth Strout’s Fierce, Unforgettable My Name Is Lucy Barton

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Elizabeth Strout’s Fierce, Unforgettable My Name Is Lucy Barton

There isn’t one story in Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s concise, powerful new novel My Name Is Lucy Barton. Instead there are...
Stacy Schiff’s Chilling The Witches Lays Bare a Frightening Chapter in Early American History

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Stacy Schiff’s Chilling The Witches Lays Bare a Frightening Chapter in Early American History

The Salem witch trials are often discussed as a quintessentially American phenomenon. Oh, those New England Puritans! So repressed, so obsessive, so afraid...

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