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Mark Athitakis is a writer, editor, critic, and blogger whose work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Chicago Sun-Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Washington City Paper and many other publications. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle.

Tell the Machine Goodnight

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Tell the Machine Goodnight

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In Katie Williams' thought-provoking debut, the digital revolution comes for our emotions.
Lydia Millet: Dreaming on Paper

INTERVIEW

Lydia Millet: Dreaming on Paper

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The author of "Fight No More" talks with Mark Athitakis about her new collection and what our homes say about us.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

MEMOIR

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

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In a new memoir from the author of "The Empathy Exams," understanding her addiction means taking a skeptical look at the narrative of redemption.
The House of Broken Angels

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The House of Broken Angels

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A funeral -- and the prospect of another -- touch off this emotionally rich family epic set in San Diego's Mexican-American community.
The Transition

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The Transition

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In Luke Kennard's dystopian novel, individuals who fall afoul of debt turn to a mysterious organization that promises financial salvation.
Radio Free Vermont

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Radio Free Vermont

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The environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben imagines a grass-roots resistance to dystopia in his new novel.
Smile

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Smile

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In the new novel from the author of "The Commitments," a middle-aged man finds that his defenses against the traumas of the past may no longer hold up.
Manhattan Beach

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Manhattan Beach

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On New York's shipbuilding docks during World War II, one woman seizes the chance to take control of her own destiny. Mark Athitakis reviews Jennifer Egan's new novel.
The Blinds

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The Blinds

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In the new novel from the author of "Shovel Ready," a radical experiment with memory creates a surreal, fragile community In an isolated Texas town.
Yawn: Adventures in Boredom

PSYCHOLOGY

Yawn: Adventures in Boredom

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One of the most common experiences is also one of the most poorly understood: Mary Mann explores the paradox of tedium....
Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

ESSAYS

Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

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An author's notes on an emotional voyage -- one that puts distance between herself and the world around her. Review by Mark Athitakis.
Enigma Variations

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Enigma Variations

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Andre Aciman's new novel might just be the ultimate refutation of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Review by Mark Athitakis.