Literature

There Was a Country, a personal memoir, is a literal explanation of what happens when “the center cannot hold.”

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Now published for the first time, Conan Doyle's Arctic adventures offer a pre-Holmes glimpse of the writer.

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Despite the intense devotion Portis inspires, he has remained a very shadowy literary figure.

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The Casual Vacancy is a loose, baggy novel, but once a central narrative starts to emerge, the result is penetrating and pleasantly acerbic.

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Johnson’s closeness to Kerouac is invaluable for Johnson the memoirist, it is limiting for Johnson the disinterested biographer.

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This book most fully represents the collision of male and female that is central to Díaz’s particular voice.

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How is a Jewish novelist, raised in an assimilated household in the South, supposed to navigate this complicated terrain?

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War Lies

The Yellow Birds's disordered, digressive narration places the novel squarely in an American tradition of war writing.

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The New Haunted House

The new variety of haunted house is a variation on the classic: a place where dreams wither.

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The Good Reader

The literary community needs more smart criticism, not less positive criticism.

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