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LITERARY FICTION THE NIGHT ALWAYS COMES by Willy Vlautin (Faber £12.99, 224 pp) THE NIGHT ALWAYS COMES by Willy Vlautin (Faber £12.99, 224 pp) Willy Vlautin’s new novel is set in his home town of Portland, Oregon, but anyone finding themselves priced out of the city in which they live will find much that chimes […]

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Richard Baron, Who Published Baldwin and Mailer, Dies at 98

As the risk-taking publisher of the Dial Press, he also released the satirical hoax “Report From Iron Mountain,” a “leaked” government report on the dangers of peace. By Sam Roberts As the contrarian publisher of the Dial Press, Richard Baron’s audacity was boundless when he wanted to prove a point. Source: Read Full Article

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Reimagining the Aftermath of a Bomb

Francis Spufford talks about “Light Perpetual,” and Egill Bjarnason discusses “How Iceland Changed the World.” Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | How to Listen Francis Spufford’s new novel, “Light Perpetual,” is rooted in a real event: the bombing of a Woolworth’s in London, killing 168 people, toward the end of World War II. […]

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What Happens to Philip Roth’s Legacy Now?

His single authorized biography is mired in controversy. Scholars say it shouldn’t be the last word, but they are struggling for access to his vast and in some cases inaccessible private archives. By Alexandra Alter and Jennifer Schuessler Late in his life, Philip Roth occasionally joked that he had two great calamities ahead of him: […]

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Battle of the Sexes? For This Voracious Heroine, It’s All-Out War

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Jennifer Haigh ANIMALBy Lisa Taddeo “If someone asked me to describe myself in a single word, depraved is the one I would use.” So says Joan, the barely hinged, 30-something narrator of “Animal,” the propulsive, fiercely confident debut novel […]

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Liz Hauck Promised a Warm Meal Every Week. Then She Delivered.

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Kate Christensen HOME MADEA Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up — and What We Make When We Make Dinner By Liz Hauck “It sounds like a description for one of those ‘great white hope’ stories involving kids facing difficult […]

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LITERARY FICTION

LITERARY FICTION BARCELONA DREAMING by Rupert Thomson (Corsair £16.99, 224 pp) BARCELONA DREAMING by Rupert Thomson (Corsair £16.99, 224 pp) Set in the late 2000s, Thomson’s latest is a panacea for those pining for the Iberian peninsula, a triptych whose stories touch upon each other and shimmer with a delicately hallucinatory edge. In the first, […]

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Remembering the wood old days!

Remembering the wood old days! Author says we need to return to more ‘small-scale circular economies’ with timber as a key material, in nature book dedicated to trees Academic Roland Ennos has written a quirky portrait of our debt to the trees Says we need to return to ‘small-scale circular economies’ with timber as key  […]