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A Lady From 1881 Gets A New Portrait In 'Mrs. Osmond'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

Man Booker Prize winner John Banville has written a sequel to Henry James' The Portrait Of A Lady. 'It was my initial foolhardiness and overweening pride that made me do it,' he says.

Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

It took until adulthood for Bonnie Morales, the daughter of immigrant Russian Jews, to appreciate the food of her childhood. Now she owns a popular Oregon restaurant and has released a new cookbook.

'Bunk' Is Encyclopedic, Fascinating — And Frustrating

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:02 -0500

Kevin Young's new book puts forth an instantly convincing pairing of race and hoaxing — both a "fake thing pretending to be real." But he loses readers' trust with knotty, overly aphoristic writing.

Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:02 -0500

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:01 -0500

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:13:00 -0500

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.

A Collection Of Christian Artifacts Unlike Any Other

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:06:30 -0500

Join us on a trip to the Museum of the Bible.

Andy Weir Aims To Duplicate His Martian Success With 'Artemis'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:01 -0500

Weir returns to a successful formula in his new book — action and adventure in space, with a snarky voice and plenty of reader-friendly science — though this time the story moves to a moon colony.

Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:30:00 -0500

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

We've Been Had: How Bunk Became Embedded In American Life

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:18:30 -0500

Hooey, hogwash, baloney or bull – it's all bunk.

'Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race' Is A Call To Action

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500

In 2014, British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post about how tired she was of engaging with oblivious white people about race. That post went viral, and it's now the basis for her new book.

Book Of 'New Rules' Flows With Tippling Tips To Demystify Wine

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:01 -0500

Wine writer Jon Bonné says that the traditional ways of thinking about wine no longer fit today's diversity of flavors and cultural influences — and that drinking it should be mainly about pleasure.

'Future Home Of The Living God' Is A Rare Stumble From A Great Writer

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:00:22 -0500

Louise Erdrich's new novel is a frequently bizarre near-future dystopia that never really comes close to getting off the ground, but it won't dent her reputation as one of the country's best writers.

10 Great, Perfect, Solid-Mithril Ideas For 'Lord Of The Rings' TV Spin-Offs

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Amazon Studios is bringing an ongoing Lord of the Rings prequel series to television. The deal includes an option for "a potential additional spin-off series." Tom Bombadil, call your agent.

'Promise Me': Joe Biden On Loss, Grief And Recovery

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:22 -0500

The former vice president is out with a book that recounts in heart-wrenching detail his son Beau's diagnosis and death from brain cancer — and his deliberations about running for president.