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Essay by Jessica Ferri
With pregnancy came plenty of time to read -- and uncertainty about how that would change with a baby. Essay by Jessica Ferri.
A Disappearance in Damascus
By DEBORAH CAMPBELL
Reviewed by Barbara Spindel
Deborah Campbell came to Syria to follow the story of Iraqi refugees -- until the story became about her Iraqi colleague's arrest....
Silence, s’il vous plaît!
By Melissa H. Pierson
The discovery of a cache of Marcel Proust's letters -- and a new translation by Lydia Davis -- help give us a portrait of the easily-distracted writer at work. Essay by Melissa H. Pierson.
Mind the Gap: Jac Jemc’s Haunting Fiction
By Michele Filgate
The author of "The Grip of It" talks about her disturbing story about trust, marriage, and one creepy house. Profile my Michele Filgate.
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016
By FRANK BIDART
Reviewed by Troy Jollimore
A new collection of Frank Bidart's poetry -- longlisted for the National Book Award -- is "one of this year's major English-language poetry events." Review by Troy Jollimore.
From Hookup Culture to Viagra Nation
By Julia M. Klein
Two new books look at back at the 1990s as a time when a "sea change" inaugurated a new era of sexual freedom in America, and both are skeptical that it worked out for the best. Review by Julia...
A Legacy of Spies
By JOHN LE CARRÉ
Reviewed by Anna Mundow
The master of the Cold War spy thriller returns to the aftermath of one of his classic works, and to the ghost of George Smiley....
The Dunkirk Spirit
By Tom Carson
In the wake of Christopher Nolan's film version of the iconic rescue of British forces comes Michael Korda's account. Review by Tom Carson
My Absolute Darling
By GABRIEL TALLENT
Reviewed by Sarah L. Courteau
Gabriel Tallent's thriller -- in which a resourceful teenage girl tries to survive the grip of her violent, charismatic father -- matches lyrical prose to a page-turning story....
Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution
By JONATHAN B. LOSOS
Reviewed by Hamilton Cain
Evolution is not only how life today emerged, writes Jonathan B. Losos -- it's also changing us more rapidly than we tend to think. Review by Hamilton Cain.
A List of Fears: Megan Stielstra and “The Wrong Way to Save Your Life”
By David L. Ulin
Where's the line between art and life? For Megan Stielstra, that may be the question at the heart of her provocative essays. By David L. Ulin.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
By Peter Lewis
Two new books look at the flaws in the American criminal justice system. Can they be repaired? Review by Peter Lewis.