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Katherine A. Powers received the 2013 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. She is the editor of Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942–1963. Her email address is kapow3@gmail.com.

A Year in Reading: A Reviewer’s Favorites from 2019

A READING LIFE

A Year in Reading: A Reviewer’s Favorites from 2019

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Book critic Katherine A. Powers looks back on 2019 and selects five novels that opened welcome doors to alternate worlds....
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

FICTION

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

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The furies of memory pursue a soldier home from the Napoleonic Wars in Spain -- but something worse is coming as well in Andrew Miller's suspenseful new now.
My Parents: An Introduction/This Does Not Belong to You

MEMOIR

My Parents: An Introduction/This Does Not Belong to You

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In a unique work of double memoir, Aleksandar Hemon explores the intersection of exile, memory and longing....
The Wall

A READING LIFE

The Wall

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John Lanchester's new novel imagines a future in which nationalism and climate change produce a society under permanent siege.
Binstead’s Safari and Mrs. Caliban

A READING LIFE

Binstead’s Safari and Mrs. Caliban

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Two reissued novels by the British writer Rachel Ingalls give readers a fresh introduction to a darkly funny world.
Milkman

A READING LIFE

Milkman

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The 2018 Man Booker Prize winner charts a young woman's personal struggle amid the broader perils of 1970s Northern Ireland.
5 Favorite Novels of 2018: A Critic’s Choices

BEST OF 2018

5 Favorite Novels of 2018: A Critic’s Choices

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Five works of fiction worth moving to the top of even a very large to-read pile.
The Personality Brokers

PSYCHOLOGY

The Personality Brokers

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How a mother-daughter team invented a new way of thinking about the self, and spawned an industry of personality testing.
A Life of My Own

A READING LIFE

A Life of My Own

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A celebrated biographer applies her searching eye to her own life -- one of literary achievement shadowed by tragedy.
The Last Cruise

FICTION

The Last Cruise

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In the latest novel from the author of "The Great Man," cruise ship voyagers looking for escape find the opposite.
Mr Flood’s Last Resort

FICTION

Mr Flood’s Last Resort

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Mysteries abound in Jess Kidd's story of an antique dealer's enigmatic past.
Convenience Store Woman

FICTION

Convenience Store Woman

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In Sayaka Murata's "wonderfully strange" novel, the regimented cheer of a convenience store is one character's dream job.