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Black Water

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Black Water

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A man's career in the shadowy world of covert operations may be coming to a bloody end -- but for what purpose? Anna Mundow reviews Louise Doughty's layered novel of espionage and aftermath....
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic

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Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic

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Alice Kaplan traces one of the 20th century's most influential works from its roots in Albert Camus' Algerian childhood to its destination as a touchstone for a philosophy and an era. Review by...
How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America

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How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America

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The most breathtaking voice in travel writing today may be that of a writer who feels ambivalent about travel itself. Essay by David Ulin....
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

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Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

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In Ruth Franklin's life of the author of "The Lottery" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," the power of loneliness is the engine of a titanic imagination. Review by Megan Abbott....
The Secret Film History of Bill Murray: 11 Bills You Might Have Missed

BILL MURRAY

The Secret Film History of Bill Murray: 11 Bills You Might Have Missed

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The author of "The Tao of Bill Murray" on ten roles (plus one) to catch the unpredictable actor in after "Lost in Translation" and "Groundhog Day."...
Reputations

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Reputations

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The events of a party for a Colombian political cartoonist and its aftermath through the decades provide the mystery at the heart of the "provocative" new novel from Juan Gabriel Vásquez....
A Whole Life

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A Whole Life

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In Robert Seethaler's novella of a man's days in the mountains of Germany, stark beauty and inevitable heartbreak are inseparable. Review by William Giraldi....
Eyes on the Street

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Eyes on the Street

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Robert Kanigel's life of urban visionary Jane Jacobs uncovers a figure whose most intense life was manifested in her ideas....
Nutshell

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Nutshell

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In Ian McEwan's new novel, an extremely young narrator delivers a tale with Shakespearian ambition. Review by Melissa Holbrooke Pierson....
Little Nothing

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Little Nothing

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Marisa Silver marries harrowing realism and fairy-tale enchantment in a story of a girl who faces the terrors of the world through a series of transformations....
Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud

BEYOND CATEGORY

Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud

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Ever wanted to just disappear? Elizabeth Greenwood explores the fantasy (and convoluted reality) of that thriller-plot mainstay, the faked death....
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

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The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

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Is memory real? John le Carré's new memoir tries to map the border between recollection and imagination. Review by Michael O'Donnell....

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