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In Lauren Groff’s New Novel, Nothing — and Everything — Is Sacred

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Kathryn Harrison MATRIXBy Lauren Groff Maybe it’s the return of children’s crusades, Greta Thunberg’s for the environment, David Hogg’s against gun violence. Or the unrelenting death knell of a plague that summoned the astonishing sight of a field hospital […]

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New in Paperback: ‘A Knock at Midnight,’ ‘The Vapors’ and More

By Tina Jordan A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom, by Brittany K. Barnett. (Crown, 352 pp., $17.) This memoir by Barnett — a young Black lawyer and the cofounder of Buried Alive, an organization that appeals life sentences for nonviolent drug offenders — “unfurls like a coming-of-age story,” our reviewer, […]

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Author examines classic cons in an eye-opening new book

Lies, damned lies – and the saps who believe them! Author examines classic cons and how to tell untruths successfully in an eye-opening new book Aja Raden tells the outrageous stories of several classic cons in a new book  American writer reveals how ‘honesty bias’ allows us to blindly trust information Also explores street hustle Shell Game, […]

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CONTEMPORARY

CONTEMPORARY FRECKLES by Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins £16.99, 352 pp) FRECKLES by Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins £16.99, 352 pp) Allegra Bird is a parking warden nicknamed Freckles who takes her job very seriously. When an irate driver accuses her of having a vendetta against him, Allegra is shocked by his claim that, because people are the average […]

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How Can Colleges Handle Sexual Misconduct Cases More Fairly?

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Michelle Goldberg SEXUAL JUSTICESupporting Victims, Ensuring Due Process, and Resisting the Conservative BacklashBy Alexandra Brodsky Alexandra Brodsky’s “Sexual Justice: Supporting Victims, Ensuring Due Process, and Resisting the Conservative Backlash” seems, at first, as if it is going to be […]

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Alan Cumming, Drinking and Other Letters to the Editor

The Art of Making Art To the Editor: Thank you for Alan Cumming’s insightful review of James Lapine’s new book on creating the musical “Sunday in the Park with George” (Aug. 8). What a treat to see Martha Swope’s beautiful photograph on the cover. It made me smile to remember what a masterpiece they all […]

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In This Novel, the Stream of Consciousness Is More Like a Whirlpool

By John Williams When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. It’s been a very good decade or so for the fragmented novel of a woman’s consciousness. Valeria Luiselli’s early books met with acclaim; Jenny Offill’s “Dept. of Speculation” and “Weather” were mainstream successes; one of the style’s […]

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Books That Cover Two Human Constants: Time and Motion

By Simon Winchester A BRIEF HISTORY OF MOTIONFrom the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes NextBy Tom Standage ABOUT TIMEA History of Civilization in Twelve ClocksBy David Rooney The problem with electric cars, their cost and range aside, is that they deprive the private motorist of choice, limit his personal freedom and confound his […]