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Better Living Through Book Reading

Over its 125 year history, the advertisements in the Book Review occasionally held out the promise of self-improvement. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share. By Tina Jordan By the time this advertisement appeared in the Book Review on Aug. 14, 1927, the idea […]

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‘In the Eye of the Wild,’ a Haunting Memoir About Life After a Bear Attack

By Jennifer Szalai When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. “Attack” didn’t seem like the right word, and neither did “mauling.” In Nastassja Martin’s new book, “In the Eye of the Wild,” she calls it “combat” before eventually settling on “the encounter between the bear and me.” She suggests that what happened […]

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People Like Her Didn’t Exist in French Novels. Until She Wrote One.

Fatima Daas’s debut book explores the writer’s conflicted identities as a lesbian, Muslim woman with an immigrant background. In France, it was an unlikely literary hit. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share. By Julia Webster Ayuso PARIS — Fatima Daas was used to […]

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Book Spoilers, Sex Jokes and Other Letters to the Editor

Universally Accepted To the Editor: In his recent review of Amor Towles’s wonderful “The Lincoln Highway” (Nov. 7), Chris Bachelder says, “The book lacks a prominent female traveler and readers might wish…” If readers wish that, they should read a different book. In high school English class, most of us were introduced to the concept of “universality,” which holds that […]

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LITERARY FICTION

LITERARY FICTION THE CITY OF MIST by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (W&N £14.99, 192 pp) THE CITY OF MIST by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (W&N £14.99, 192 pp) When Carlos Ruiz Zafon died last year just 55, he left the millions of readers of his Cemetery Of Forgotten Books series bereft. This slim volume-cum-spin-off will provide some consolation. True, a number of […]

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THRILLERS

THRILLERS THE LOST by Simon Beckett (Trapeze £14.99, 368 pp) THE LOST by Simon Beckett (Trapeze £14.99, 368 pp) Author of the bestselling series about forensic anthropologist David Hunter, the talented Beckett brings us a new character: Metropolitan Police firearms officer Jonah Colley, whose life was all but destroyed when his young son disappeared. Now, ten years later, a request […]

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Diana Gabaldon Avoids Books Where Bad Things Happen to Children

“There’s a very small group of authors whose books I won’t read because the mind I sense behind them disturbs me,” says Diana Gabaldon, whose novel “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone” is the ninth in her Outlander series. “In all fairness, mine disturbs a few people, too.” What books are on your night stand? The 1,500-plus that […]

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