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Today Will Be Different

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Today Will Be Different

Reviewed by Veronique de Turenne ×

The author of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" delivers a wry portrait of a woman who finds herself wondering how she got to her to-do-list-driven life. Review by Veronique de Turenne....
A Failure of Vision

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A Failure of Vision

By Steve King ×

Seventy-five years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the debate still rages over how prepared American forces could have been -- and what we can learn from their mistakes.
Robert Wagner: “I Live in Gratitude”

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Robert Wagner: “I Live in Gratitude”

A Conversation with Charles Taylor ×

The actor and memoirist talks with Charles Taylor about his new book "I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses."
Valiant Gentlemen

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Valiant Gentlemen

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

Sabina Murray's new novel follows the improbable true story of the life of a Victorian adventurer whose career took a sensationally tragic turn. Review by Anna Mundow.
The Killing State

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The Killing State

By Steve King ×

The first modern state to abolish capital punishment, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, did so on November 30, 1786.
A Newly Visible World: Exploring Science Fiction from China

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A Newly Visible World: Exploring Science Fiction from China

By Paul Di Filippo ×

American readers are just beginning to explore the wonders of Chinese science fiction. Essay by Paul Di Filippo.
Travels with Henry James

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Travels with Henry James

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

Before he became a master of style, the young writer proved himself a genius of observation. Michael O'Donnell on a new collection of Henry James's dispatches from America and Europe.
Both Sides of the River: Nonstop Metropolis and The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

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Both Sides of the River: Nonstop Metropolis and The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

Review by Peter Lewis ×

Peter Lewis follows William Helmreich's walking tour of a Brooklyn that stretches beyond hipster havens, and matches it up against Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's five-borough...
The Poet Descends: Reading Pushkin’s Prose

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The Poet Descends: Reading Pushkin’s Prose

Essay by Heller McAlpin ×

The author of the peerless verse epic "Eugene Onegin" also dabbled in nearly every other literary genre. A new translation showcases Alexander Pushkin's many voices.
Thus Bad Begins

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Thus Bad Begins

Reviewed by Tom LeClair ×

The storyteller at the heart of the new novel from the author of "Infatuations" is as unreliable as they come -- and that, writes Tom Le Clair, is a good thing.
The Fragile Blessing

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The Fragile Blessing

By Steve King ×

Why a painter, not a president, made Thanksgiving what it means today -- a holiday as sensitive to cultural flux as to political upheaval.
Moonglow

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Moonglow

Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger ×

Michael Chabon's new novel takes an enigma from his grandparents' lives as the first move in a game with shifting rules. Review by Liesl Schillinger.