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11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Brace yourself! We have thrillers for you this week, from S. A. Cosby’s revenge novel “Razorblade Tears” to Christine Mangan’s fevered “Palace of the Drowned,” about the intense and possessive friendship between two women. Matt Bell’s “Appleseed” offers an apocalyptic vision of climate change. Zakiya Dalila Harris’s “The Other Black Girl” takes readers inside the […]

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Hermione Hoby Takes on Virtue-Signaling

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Jabeen Akhtar VIRTUEBy Hermione Hoby After enduring a global pandemic, it’s easy to forget the insanity of the not-too-distant past. I’m referring to the months following the presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016, when, for Donald Trump’s detractors, the […]

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An Acerbic Millennial Sex Comedy That Grows Fangs

By Steph Cha A TOUCH OF JENBy Beth Morgan When private citizens conduct their lives in public, posing and pleading for our attention, who can blame us for watching, for liking, for indulging in the abundant supply of their influence? Who among us hasn’t stalked a crush on social media — then brought our girlfriend […]

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New in Paperback: ‘Love and Theft’ and ‘The Sirens of Mars’

By Jennifer Krauss THE ROAD FROM RAQQA: A Story of Brotherhood, Borders, and Belonging, by Jordan Ritter Conn. (Ballantine, 272 pp., $18.) In this riveting account of two grown brothers’ very different journeys out of Syria, Conn “pushes beyond simply humanizing,” Jessica Goudeau wrote in her review. He portrays the United States, where the elder […]

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A Black Scholar’s Path From Drug Dealing to ‘30 Under 30’

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Mychal Denzel Smith MISEDUCATED A Memoir By Brandon P. Fleming If you are a writer and have made the mistake of telling people so, there is a good chance that you have heard some version of this response: “You […]

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The History of Hollywood, Home Economics and Other Letters to the Editor

Moving Pictures To the Editor: To J. Hoberman’s roundup of books on the history of Hollywood (June 13), add Jeanine Basinger’s 2019 “The Movie Musical!” Starting with Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer” in 1927, it’s all there — Eddie Cantor, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Busby Berkeley, Lena Horne, Shirley Temple, Barbra Streisand and Bill “Bojangles” […]

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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