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New in Paperback: ‘Summer’ and ‘The Dragons, the Giant, the Women’

By Lauren Christensen SUMMER, by Ali Smith. (Anchor, 400 pp., $17.) Dwight Garner called the finale of Smith’s seasonal quartet “a prose poem in praise of memory, forgiveness, getting the joke and seizing the moment.” Featuring teenage siblings “OK boomer”-ing their parents as well as some characters from the previous novels in the series, the plot is hard to pin […]

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Meet the Pandemic’s Newest Doctors, Who Quickly Became Pros

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Sandeep Jauhar LIFE ON THE LINEYoung Doctors Come of Age in a PandemicBy Emma Goldberg In her new book, “Life on the Line,” the journalist Emma Goldberg focuses on six young doctors during the Covid-19 surge in New York City last spring. There’s Sam, […]

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RETRO READS

RETRO READS THE PASSENGER by Alexander Boschwitz (Pushkin £14.99, 288 pp) THE PASSENGER by Alexander Boschwitz (Pushkin £14.99, 288 pp) Berlin 1938. A respected, successful, German Jew, Otto Silbermann, hears a fearful crashing at his door. Nazi stormtrooper thugs are demonising Jews, kicking down doors, trashing their homes and shops and rounding them up for deportation. ‘I’ve become a swear […]

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MUST READS

MUST READS HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY by Matthew Oates (Bloomsbury £12.99, 416 pp) HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY by Matthew Oates (Bloomsbury £12.99, 416 pp) ‘Incredibly, only one person has died in pursuit of the Purple Emperor in Britain,’ writes the naturalist and poet Matthew Oates in his exuberant natural history. First recorded in Britain in 1710, the Purple Emperor has been an […]

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Pulling Back the Curtain on the Lincolns’ Marriage

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Amy S. Greenberg AN AMERICAN MARRIAGEThe Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary ToddBy Michael Burlingame Mary Lincoln was not a great first lady. A compulsive shopper, she ran up huge debts that she tried to hide by falsifying bills and misappropriating federal funds. […]

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He Is Senegalese and French, With Nothing to Reconcile

David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black,” is among the writers whose work is helping France face its history with Africa. By Laura Cappelle PARIS — As a child, the Senegalese-French author David Diop was used to seeing soldiers not unlike Alfa Ndiaye, the narrator of his novel “At Night All […]

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Nail-biting, Nerve-shredding Novels That Will Keep You Up at Night

Alex Michaelides’s long-awaited next novel, “The Maidens,” is finally here, and so are new books from Catherine Steadman, Ben Winters and Geling Yan. By Sarah Lyall What better way to relax during the coming months than with a stack of juicy thrillers? Here you will find murders, ghosts, psychological intrigue, legal disputes and domestic dramas — a book for every […]

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