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Amelia Atlas's reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Sun, and N1BR, among others. She blogs about books at www.ameliaatlas.com.

By Hook or by Crook

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By Hook or by Crook

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In his latest venture into the quagmire of the English language, the linguist David Crystal embarks on a haphazard travelogue, modeled very broadly after W. G. Sebald?s The Rings of Saturn....
The Enchantress of Florence

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The Enchantress of Florence

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The author of Midnight's Children offers an imaginary encounter between the Florence of the Medicis and the Mughal court.
Netherland

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Netherland

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Joseph O?Neill’s new novel, Netherland, is the rare fiction that is unabashed at the fact of its having been written. Hans, the pensive narrator, is a foreigner twice removed — a...
Unaccustomed Earth

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Unaccustomed Earth

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A new collection of short stories from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies.
Nazi Literature in the Americas

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Nazi Literature in the Americas

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A fantastical portfolio of literary oddities becomes a devastating satire on the fascinations of villainy.
The Reserve

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The Reserve

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Russell Banks stages a clash between haves and have-nots against an Adirondack background.
Diary of a Bad Year

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Diary of a Bad Year

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The new novel from the Nobel laureate balances traditional narrative and radical innovation.
Them

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Them

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In his new novel, Them, Nathan McCall, best known as a memoirist, has tried his hand at fiction with a timely tale of gentrification and its attendant misunderstandings. Set in Atlanta’s...
Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: and Other Stories

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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: and Other Stories

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New stories from the Nobel laureate and longtime student of the human comedy.
A Free Life

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A Free Life

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The award-winning author of Waiting traces an immigrant family's American odyssey.
Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire

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Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire

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Men and women suffer from grandiosity in different ways. Men tend toward fantasies of omnipotence, women of uniqueness, Judith Thurman posited in a 2002 essay on Catherine Millet. This latter...
Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

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Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

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Can a biographer illuminate the mystery at the heart of an enigmatic partnership?