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*/ In the mid-1800s, the English-speaking world was mad for tales of bigamy—the original spouse either hiding in the attic or just back from the colonies. The culprit was Jane Eyre, which set off a micro-genre of copycat books. Below, a few more recent examples of breakout authors and their sincerest flatterers. 1. A teenage feminist heroine with … Expert archery skills Clairvoyant powers Dataknow-how + Who lives in … Post-apocalyptic North America (“Panem”) Totalitarian Britain c.

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Forty years ago this month, at the end of the Yom Kippur War, Israel found itself in a precarious position, confronting increasing Arab strength and hostilities from countries from afar. Having pressed into Egypt, the Israeli Army camped out on the banks of the Suez Canal, uncertain of their fate.

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In The New York Times Book Review this Sunday, Jennifer Szalai and Mohsin Hamid tackled the following question: 'Where is the Great American Novel by a Woman?' As Szalai writes:

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The Quackish Cult of Alternative Medicine

Dr. Paul Offit's battle against charlatanism

Think the government should allow people to medicate themselves and their children however people want to? Think again.

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Wendy Lower’s Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields returns the Holocaust to something of its original horror. It is a study of German and Austrian women on the eastern front, and the simple revelation behind their story is that women were no less capable of brutality than men. This might seem banal—the banality of evil across the gender line. Yet Lower’s book is thoroughly shocking. What these women saw and did was shocking. What they believed was shocking.

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Claudia Roth Pierpont is not related to Philip Roth. But you wouldn't know it from her newly published authorized biograpy, Roth Unbound, which will be published October 22. The book is a thorough, intensive, elegant reflection on Roth's career—and it is also so complimentary that one might at times forget that Roth did not write it himself. For example:1.) "Not since Henry James … has an American novelist worked at such a sustained pitch of concentration and achievement." 

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Henry James called him a "fatuous cad," but we all know he was just jealous. 

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It is by now well-documented that Dave Eggers’s brutal takedown of digital culture has very little interest in the real logistics of digital culture.

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Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' Has Divided Critics. It Shouldn't Have.

The new novel is Dickensian. Reading it is hard times.

The new novel is Dickensian. Reading it is hard times.

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