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Bookends: What’s It Like Reading Saul Bellow’s ‘Henderson the Rain King’ Today?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00am
Bellow’s novel divided critics when it was first published in 1959. James Parker and Francine Prose discuss the experience of reading it today.






What Luck! 'Early Warning' Continues Smiley's Farm Family Saga

NPR Books - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:03am

Readers eager to catch up with the Iowa farming family Jane Smiley introduced in Some Luck will enjoy the latest installment, which follows the five children off the farm and into the postwar era.

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‘Ordinary Light: A Memoir,’ by Tracy K. Smith

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:30am
A memoir of race, faith and a mother’s devotion, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith.






Jon Krakauer’s ‘Missoula,’ About Rape in a College Town

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:30am
Jon Krakauer describes cases of acquaintance rape at the University of Montana.






'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

NPR Books - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 1:49am

A new book looks at the women who served alongside elite special operations units in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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ArtsBeat: A New Anthology Will Pay Tribute to ‘Peanuts’ and Charles Schulz

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:59pm
A 112-page hardcover by a team of contributors will include new comic strips and short stories, pinups and recollections of the influence of Snoopy and of Schulz.






ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘One of Us’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 8:40am
Eric Schlosser discusses Asne Seierstad’s “One of Us,” and Meghan O’Rourke talks about Elizabeth Alexander’s “The Light of the World.”






6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

NPR Books - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 8:00am

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

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‘The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964,’ by Zachary Leader

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:30am
The first volume of Zachary Leader’s biography of Saul Bellow ends in 1964, with the publication of “Herzog.”

‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,’ Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:30am
Martin Amis reviews a new collection of Saul Bellow’s nonfiction, including criticism, interviews and speeches.

‘Infamy’ and ‘The Train to Crystal City’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:22am
Two books about the internment of Japanese- (and sometimes German-) Americans during World War II.






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