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Heller McAlpin is a New York-based critic who reviews books for NPR.org, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and other publications.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

TRUE CRIME

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

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Casey Cep revisits the true crime story that tantalized and eluded Harper Lee -- and finds a window into the life of a writer, and the life of a community grappling with tragedy.
Late in the Day

FICTION

Late in the Day

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In Tessa Hadley's latest novel, two couples lives are deeply entangled -- all the more so when one of the foursome isn't there.
Little

FICTION

Little

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The story of the woman who became Madame Tussaud gets a treatment far livelier than waxwork in the novelist Edward Carey's imagination.
The Library Book

BEYOND CATEGORY

The Library Book

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In the new book from the author of the bestselling "The Orchid Thief," the story of a catastrophic fire opens the door to fascinating journey into the world of libraries.
There There

FICTION

There There

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In his debut novel, Tommy Orange tells the story of Native Americans searching for a home in a 21st century city.
The Italian Teacher

READING IN COMMON

The Italian Teacher

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The new novel from the author of "The Imperfectionists" asks the question: should the talented live by different rules?
The Female Persuasion

FICTION

The Female Persuasion

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The new novel from the author of "The Interestings" traces a young woman's life after it's reshaped by a vital encounter.
Asymmetry

READING IN COMMON

Asymmetry

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Lisa Halliday's debut novel is a three-part work folded like "literary origami."
Spy of the First Person

READING IN COMMON

Spy of the First Person

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In this posthumously published work of autobiographical fiction, the playwright presents a soul brought to bay by illness and mortality.
The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir

MEMOIR

The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir

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The writer Ann Fadiman turns a memoir of her troubled relationship with her father into a meditation on memory, art, and the idiosyncrasy of taste. Review by Heller McAlpin.
The Reporter as Teacher: A Talk with John McPhee

INTERVIEW

The Reporter as Teacher: A Talk with John McPhee

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The legendary journalist and essayist John McPhee has finally published his own meditation on writing. He talks about it with his onetime student, Heller McAlpin.
Our Little Racket

READING IN COMMON

Our Little Racket

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The aftermath of the 2007 financial crisis plays out in the lives of women in a wealthy NYC suburb in this "massively ambitious" debut novel. Review by Heller McAlpin.