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Jessica Allen has written for Bitch, The Forward, The Onion AV Club, and The Washington Post. She lives in New York.

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

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Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

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Ahistory of the polymer and a guide to the possibilities and pitfallsof a world dependent on its use.

The Pleasure Seekers

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The Pleasure Seekers

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Enjoyments both physical and otherwise can wind up both a purpose of life, and a perpetual danger, suggests this warm-hearted family tale.

The Thoughtful Dresser

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The Thoughtful Dresser

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"Changing styles not only mark time and help us hide its ravages but also satisfy an innate desire for the new."
Apologize, Apologize!

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Apologize, Apologize!

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A sparkling, sprawling comedy of a square peg in a family of screwballs.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them

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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them

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What is it about Russian literature that seems to warp the lives of those who fall under its spell?
The Ticking Is the Bomb

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The Ticking Is the Bomb

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In an act of daring juxtaposition, the award-winning poet and memoirist meditates on the arrival of his child in a world shadowed by torture.

Gabriel García Márquez: A Life

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Gabriel García Márquez: A Life

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The life of a master of storytelling yields a narrative as weighty as one of its subject's own novels.
God Says No

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God Says No

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Gary Gray, ?black outside and damaged inside,? prays to two Jesus statues to make him straight, but neither complies. Perhaps they?re simply annoyed at the way Gray gets turned on by a...
The Good Parents

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The Good Parents

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She's leaving home.
Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies

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Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies

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About actors, Alfred Hitchcock famously brokered no compliments. In his third book about the director, Donald Spoto explores the “strange amalgam of adoration and contempt” Hitchcock...
A Better Angel

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A Better Angel

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Tales of the flesh and the spirit -- in which both feel the pull of gravity.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

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A voiceless young man and his canine companions are the center of a reimagined Hamlet.