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Known and Strange Things
By TEJU COLE
Reviewed by Walton Muyumba
In his essays, the celebrated author of "Open City" and "Every Day is for the Thief" knits together a global skein of struggles and ideas. Review by Walton Muyumba.
Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel
By JOHN STUBBS
Reviewed by Anna Mundow
Child prodigy, Anglican cleric, quotable wit, corrosive satirist -- Jonathan Swift's genius remains hard to pin down. Review by Anna Mundow.
A Letter from the Bottom of the World: On Robert Lowell, Poetry and Madness
By Troy Jollimore
The work of Robert Lowell has always been colored by his legendary bouts with mental illness. Now, Kay Renfield Jamison's "Setting the River on Fire" looks at the intersection of poetry and...
A Brush with the Past: Artists in Fiction
Essay by Heller McAlpin
In these novels, every picture tells a story. Essay by Heller McAlpin.
By Marcia Butler
In an excerpt from her new memoir "The Skin Above My Knee," oboist Marcia Butler reveals the collective mind of the orchestra at work.
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
By GLENN FRANKEL
Reviewed by Tom Carson
One of the most iconic American films may be most significant, writes Glenn Frankel, for the story of the politics behind its creation. Review by Tom Carson.
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me
By BILL HAYES
Reviewed by Peter Lewis
How one new arrival to Manhattan fell in love both with its nocturnal charms and one of its most distinguished residents. Review by Peter Lewis.
By STEVE EARLY
Reviewed by Peter Lewis
A look at the impact of the petroleum industry on one American city yields a portrait of a community struggling to put its future in the hands of its residents. Review by Peter Lewis.
True Stories and Lying Artifacts
Essay by David L. Ulin
In an era in which questions of truthfulness take on political overtones, two writers explore the treacherous literary terrain between fact and fiction. Essay by David L. Ulin.
By MARK SUNDEEN
Reviewed by Barbara Spindel
Mark Sundeen follows the trails of couples who headed off the grid and back to the land in search of a better America. Review by Barbara Spindel.
The Girl from the Metropol Hotel
By LUDMILLA PETRUSHEVSKAYA
Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger
The terrible privations of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's Soviet-era childhood were later sublimated into magical fiction. They had to be survived first. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
History of Wolves
By EMILY FRIDLUND
Posted by Anna Mundow
In Emily Fridlund's novel, the cold of a Minnesota town is more than metaphorical. Review by Anna Mundow.