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The Gardens of Consolation

FICTION

The Gardens of Consolation

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A novel of Iran in the decades leading to Revolution is both a love story and a political epic. Review by Anna Mundow....
Selection Day

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Selection Day

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The author of "The White Tiger" returns with a novel that looks at contemporary India through the lens of an obsession with sport. Review by Katherine A. Powers....
Enigma Variations

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Enigma Variations

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Andre Aciman's new novel might just be the ultimate refutation of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Review by Mark Athitakis....
No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

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No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

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A novel of life in the Syrian city of Aleppo counters the images of war with a multifaceted, fragile portrait of the city's human past. Review by David L. Ulin....
Stiffed, Again

REDISCOVERY

Stiffed, Again

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Michelle Dean on what Susan Faludi's study of masculinity and resentment can tell us about our current moment....
A New Year of Books: What We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

RECOMMENDATIONS

A New Year of Books: What We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

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The pages we are eager to turn....
Memoirs of a Polar Bear

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Memoirs of a Polar Bear

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In Yoko Tawada's fabulist novel, three generations of bears ask us to think about empathy and how we know what we believe we do. Review by Paul La Farge....
Welcome Back to the 1980s

CULTURAL HISTORY

Welcome Back to the 1980s

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Are we in for a replay of the decade that brought us big hair and bigger shoulderpads? Jason Diamond, author of "Searching for John Hughes," looks back to look ahead....
Harvest of a Hard Season: Poetry in 2016

YEAR IN REVIEW

Harvest of a Hard Season: Poetry in 2016

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Tess Taylor on a quartet of works of poetry that provide light in a shadowed moment....
A Common Condition: What Midwestern Novels Tell Us about 2016

FICTION

A Common Condition: What Midwestern Novels Tell Us about 2016

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Can the imaginative terrain of Midwestern fiction provide a map to America's political and cultural hot spots!...
The Undoing Project

PSYCHOLOGY

The Undoing Project

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Why are even experts so poor at making predictions? Our minds, says Michael Lewis in his new book, are playing tricks on us. Review by Peter Lewis....
Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey

BEYOND CATEGORY

Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey

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Si Lewen's haunting fable -- told entirely in images -- is both timeless and frighteningly timely. Review by David L. Ulin....

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