Book Reviews

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    2:39pm Feb 21, 2013
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    Karen Russell's 'Vampires' Deserve The Raves

    The author of Swamplandia! has a new collection of short stories called Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the stories are daring and devastating, and with them Russell establishes herself as one of the great American writers of our young century.
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    6:11pm Feb 20, 2013
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    'The Dinner' Offers Food For Thought

    The novel by Herman Koch is structured around a five-course meal shared by two couples. But it's not all fun and food. What's really going on at this meal is much more gruesome. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says the novel offers a fresh, modern take on basic moral questions.
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    7:54pm Feb 15, 2013
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    Tales Of Transformation Make 'Vampires In The Lemon Grove' A Stunner

    Karen Russell's new collection of short stories has dead presidents reincarnated as horses, girls turning into silkworms, and vampires who quench their thirst for blood with lemons. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that in Russell's world we aren't fixed in space and time but can change at any moment.
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    7:55pm Jan 31, 2013
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    War Writ Small: Of Pushcarts And Peashooters

    Jean Merrill's classic children's book The Pushcart War explores war, peace and pushcarts on the streets of New York. Author Adam Mansbach writes that the story still resonates. Do you have a favorite children's book that deals with heavy themes? Tell us in the comments.
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    Harper Collins
    6:38pm Jan 28, 2013
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    Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice' At 200

    As the classic novel celebrates its bicentennial, Paula Byrne's The Real Jane Austen examines some of the key objects in Austen's life and how they reveal a much more cosmopolitan awareness of the world than is commonly credited to her.
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    The Book Club Catches 'The Andromeda Strain'

    This month, the book club discusses Michael Crichton's 1969 best-selling science fiction thriller The Andromeda Strain. Writer Richard Preston joins the club to talk about Crichton's writing style, and what it was like to work on Crichton's unfinished final manuscript, Micro.
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    1:05pm Jan 17, 2013
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    How A 'Madwoman' Upended A Literary Boys Club

    The National Book Critics Circle has announced that two feminist literary scholars, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, will receive a lifetime achievement award. Critic Maureen Corrigan says their groundbreaking 1979 book, The Madwoman in the Attic, changed the way we read.
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    6:31pm Jan 09, 2013
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    'A Life In Friendships' Is A Life Well-Lived

    Susanna Sonnenberg's life has been full of interesting women, and in a new memoir she tells their stories. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that She Matters: A Life in Friendships is a beautifully written book about the bonds, and the boundary issues, between women.