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READING IN COMMON
By ANN PATCHETT
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin
The new novel from the author of "Bel Canto" and "State of Wonder" explores what happens when one person's life becomes another person's art....
Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud
By ELIZABETH GREENWOOD
Reviewed by Peter Lewis
Ever wanted to just disappear? Elizabeth Greenwood explores the fantasy (and convoluted reality) of that thriller-plot mainstay, the faked death....
A READING LIFE
By MARGOT LIVESEY
Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers
In Margot Livesey's new novel, clarity of vision proves elusive, even with corrective lenses. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Havoc and Squirm: Nathan Hill’s Favorite Funny Reading
Posted by The Barnes and Noble Review
The author of "The Nix" shares six books that provoke laughs of various kinds.
The Power of the Pencil
By Steve King
Marking the 50th anniversary of World Literacy Day, and the dream of a world in which everyone can read and write.
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life
By JOHN LE CARRÉ
Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell
Is memory real? John le Carré's new memoir tries to map the border between recollection and imagination. Review by Michael O'Donnell.
Islands of Wildness
Review by Peter Lewis
In two new books, Terry Tempest Williams and David Quammen celebrate the glory of America's national parks -- and look with concern at their future. Review by Peter Lewis.
Hot Line Ring
By Steve King
On this day in 1963, the Moscow-Washington "hot line" became operational, in the hopes that nuclear catastrophe could be avoided by direct communication.
A Fascination with the Moment: Michael Gross on the Framing of Fashion
A Conversation with Ted Panken
In "Focus," author and longtime fashion reporter Michael Gross turned his gaze from model to photographer, taking in both brilliant visual innovations and tabloid-fodder excess. A conversation...
Resisting Erasure: Ryan Berg and How a Book Becomes Outreach
by Amy Gall
The author of "No House to Call My Home" discovered that his book tour was about much more than reading aloud. Profile by Amy Gall.
By NATHAN HILL
Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger
In Nathan Hill's debut novel, an apparent attack on a right-wing politician puts a supposed former radical in the headlines, and prompts her son to pursue the mystery of why she left him. Review...
The Underground Railroad
By COLSON WHITEHEAD
Reviewed by Walton Muyumba
In his new novel, Colson Whitehead tells the story of a woman’s flight from slavery to freedom — along a path conjured out of equal parts history and imagination. Review by Walton Muyumba.