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About this blog: This blog is a place for conversation about books. I post reviews of what I'm reading--lots of contemporary fiction, but also classics and the occasional work of narrative nonfiction. I am always looking for new books to read, so ...  (More)

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The Best Novel I've Read This Year
Nov 20, 2013 10:25 am
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NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur / Little, Brown, 2013)

A book of fiction can be memorable in a number of ways -- the setting may stick... More
David Rakoff's Last Work
Nov 25, 2013 1:04 pm
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David Rakoff, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Doubleday, 2013)

Here's a thought experiment for you writers out there: Imagine you were dying... More
Who is T.T. Monday? : The Story of a Novel, Part 3
Feb 24, 2014 11:39 am
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In most lines of work, seniority counts for something. In major-league baseball, for instance, young players in their first few professional seasons have their salaries... More
2013 Holiday Book Gift Guide (Part 1)
Dec 4, 2013 3:33 pm
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The year-end lists are upon us. Over the weekend, the New York Times published its Best 100 Books of 2013, followed this afternoon by its Best 10. Squawk all you... More
Turning to a Life of Crime (The Story of a Novel, Part 2)
Feb 18, 2014 1:01 pm
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In my last post I explained how I went to India and came back with a novel about the... More
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