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The pint-sized heroine who CAN stand the heat

The pint-sized heroine who CAN stand the heat: Gripping new book shares one firefighter’s quest to save lives, after developing ‘hyper-vigilance’ as a homeless teenager Sabrina Cohen-Hatton recalls her career as a firefighter in a gripping memoir Senior firefighter ended up homeless at age 15, in the wake of her dad’s death She joined the […]

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Who Gets to Sit on the Supreme Court?

CONFIRMATION BIAS Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, From Scalia’s Death to Justice Kavanaugh By Carl Hulse On Feb. 12, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia died of a heart attack at a remote luxury resort in West Texas. The Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, wasted no time declaring that his party would not allow President […]

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Jill Lepore on the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music | How to Listen On July 20, it will be 50 years since we first stepped on the moon — well, since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon; but everyone watching felt the vicarious thrill. The anniversary brings with it a raft of new books about […]

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New in Paperback: ‘Cherry,’ ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week. AMERICAN PRISON: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment, by Shane Bauer. (Penguin, $18.) Bauer, a Mother Jones journalist, worked undercover as a guard at a private prison in rural Louisiana for months before he was discovered. This book, one of the Book Review’s 10 […]

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A Dark Comedy About Life at the Heart of the European Union

THE CAPITAL By Robert Menasse Translated by Jamie Bulloch Fenia Xenopoulou grew up in an impoverished Cypriot village where the shimmering silver leaves of the olive trees served as a mirage to blind the tourists to the misery around them. As a girl she dragged bottles of mineral water up the mountainside to sell to […]

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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

“I have a lot of apps open in my brain right now,” Lin-Manuel Miranda once said. We know the feeling. That quote turns up late in David Epstein’s new book, “Range,” which reassures committed dilettantes that there’s merit in the generalist’s approach to life: When you’re “facing uncertain environments,” Epstein writes, “breadth of experience is […]

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A Border Novel That Captures Immigrants in All Their Humanity

WHERE WE COME FROM By Oscar Cásares Immigration, as an issue, is ever-present. Since the earliest days of his candidacy and up through his latest tweetstorm, Donald Trump has kept front and center the question of who should be allowed into the country. It’s created a situation in which immigrants themselves are never far from […]