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  • Marmee and Louisa, by Eve LaPlante.
    Free Press
    12:49pm Nov 18, 2013
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    At Home With Dickens And Louisa May Alcott

    Two new biographical studies that read like novels explore the familial relationships that shaped two of the 19th century's most beloved authors. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Great Expectations: The Sons And Daughters Of Charles Dickens "a Gothic nightmare" and Marmee & Louisa "a romance."
  • Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs.
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    10:42am Nov 18, 2013
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    How Writer Doris Lessing Didn't Want To Be Remembered

    Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs. Her book, The Golden Notebook, has been called the first feminist novel — a characterization Lessing rejected as "stupid."
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    6:10pm Nov 17, 2013
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    Secrets Mar The Gloss Of 'Youth' For These Heroines

    Each of the young women in Laura van den Berg's The Isle of Youth is searching for significance in her life, troubled by the choices she's made. Their tales make up a collection of short stories written with cool aloofness. Critic Rosecrans Baldwin says that this book won't be for everyone — but for fans of detached prose, it's spectacular.
  • 10:49am Nov 15, 2013
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    Judge: Google's Book Copying Doesn't Violate Copyright Law

    Google has prevailed in a long-running lawsuit over the millions of books the company has digitally scanned without permission from authors and publishers. A U.S. Circuit Court judge has ruled that it's "fair use" when Google scans portions of books for public to use.
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    2:44pm Nov 13, 2013
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    A 'Marriage', A Divorce, A Dying Dog And Essays Done Right

    Essay collections are underrated and often ignored in favor of short stories or novels. But in the hands of a writer as practiced as Ann Patchett, critic Maureen Corrigan says the essay becomes an expansive storytelling vessel. Patchett's new book is This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage.
  • 7:43pm Nov 11, 2013
    National National Books Arts

    In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

    Roy Scranton and Jacob Siegel edited and contributed to the collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They tell Fresh Air about how soldiers cope with the fear of death, and why many soldiers feel conflicted about sharing their experience with a larger audience.
  • Detail from Plate 11 of Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. On July 1st, at precisely 7:30 a.m., the attack commences.
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    6:58pm Nov 10, 2013
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    A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet

    Joe Sacco has made a career of tackling difficult subjects through imagery. He's a journalist and cartoonist who has reported on the Middle East and Bosnia — in both written and comic form. In his latest book, The Great War, Sacco turns to history, producing a 24-foot-long depiction of the horrifying first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • 8:08pm Nov 08, 2013
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    In Art Lost And Found, The Echoes Of A Century's Upheaval

    Earlier this week, German authorities announced that a trove of Nazi-looted art, once thought lost, had been discovered in a Munich apartment. That news has sparked the imagination of author Susan Choi, who recalls reading a novel with a similar theme: Jenny Erpenbeck's Visitation.