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Review: ‘Song of Solomon,’ by Toni Morrison

In the deep, sprawling 1977 story of Milkman Dead, the reviewer Reynolds Price found evidence for “the possibility of transcendence within human life.” Credit…PS Spencer Supported by By Reynolds Price SONG OF SOLOMON by Toni Morrison | Review first published Sept. 11, 1977 Toni Morrison’s first two books — “The Bluest Eye” with the purity […]

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Diane Williams Navigates the Tricky Business of Intimacy

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Jessi Jezewska Stevens HOW HIGH? — THAT HIGHStoriesBy Diane Williams For those of us lucky enough to sidestep the most severe impacts of the natural and man-made disasters currently occupying the news, the defining challenges of our lives are […]

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New Fiction About Family Members Gone Missing

By Lucie Britsch THE HOUSE OF RUST By Khadija Abdalla Bajaber 272 pp. Graywolf. Paper, $16. “The House of Rust” is an astonishing fiction debut and (deservedly) the inaugural winner of the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, awarded to first novelists from that continent. It follows Aisha, a Hadrami girl in Mombasa, Kenya, whose fisherman father […]

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Mary Beard Would Like a Moratorium on Churchill Biographies, Thank You

“And perhaps half the number of diet/self-help/well-being books would be quite sufficient,” says the classicist Mary Beard, whose latest book is “Twelve Caesars.” What books are on your night stand? Currently I am reading Elif Shafak’s “The Island of Missing Trees,” about love across the divides of civil war in Cyprus, and about a fig […]

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At This Book Club, the Truth Is About to Come Out. It’s Not Pretty.

In “The Neighbor’s Secret,” L. Alison Heller gives us a dishy tale of nosy neighbors, mysterious vandalism, family shame — and murder. By Elisabeth Egan Welcome to Group Text, a monthly column for readers and book clubs about the novels, memoirs and short-story collections that make you want to talk, ask questions and dwell in […]

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The Trauma and Talent of Some of History’s Greatest Women Artists

By Celia Paul THE MIRROR AND THE PALETTE Rebellion, Revolution, and Resilience Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits By Jennifer Higgie “I’ve written quite a lot about art and artists and have cultivated a pretty deep envy of them,” the novelist Rachel Cusk recently told an interviewer for The Paris Review. “To operate outside […]