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Bildungsromans From Around the World

By Spencer Quong BLUE-SKINNED GODS By SJ Sindu 329 pp. Soho. $26. Kalki’s life as a blue-skinned child deity at first seems rather romantic. Raised to believe he is the “10th incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu,” he heals the sick at his family’s ashram in Tamil Nadu, India, with a god-energy that he imagines as “fluffy cotton” inside his […]

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New Picture Books Pose Two of Life’s Biggest Questions

By Paul O. Zelinsky HOW BEAUTIFULWritten by Antonella CapettiIllustrated by Melissa CastrillónTranslated by Lisa Topi WHAT IS LOVE?Written by Mac BarnettIllustrated by Carson Ellis Memorable children’s books often display a clear and simple structure. In one common form, a protagonist with a question will pose it to a succession of others. It’s a fun training ground to understand point of […]

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A Singer Lends Her Voice to a Conversation About Autism

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Alysia Abbott I DREAM HE TALKS TO MEA Memoir of Learning How to ListenBy Allison Moorer Allison Moorer opens her new memoir, “I Dream He Talks to Me,” with a letter to her nonverbal autistic son, John Henry. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter writes, “I wasn’t […]

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DEBUTS

DEBUTS THE FALLING THREAD by Adam O’Riordan (Bloomsbury £14.99, 272 pp) THE FALLING THREAD by Adam O’Riordan (Bloomsbury £14.99, 272 pp) Award-winning poet O’Riordan successfully turns his hand to fiction in this elegant and engaging family portrait. Bored when stuck at home during his university holiday, Charles seduces his younger sisters’ governess, Hettie. When Hettie becomes pregnant, his middle-class parents […]

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WHAT BOOK would author Sophie Dahl take to a desert island?

WHAT BOOK would author Sophie Dahl take to a desert island? Sophie Dahl is reading The Mermaid Of Black Conch by Monique Roffey  Author would take The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman to a desert island  Sophie says the Peter and Jane books, circa 1983, left her cold  …are you reading now? I just finished The Mermaid Of Black Conch by Monique […]

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Claire Tomalin’s Favorite Fictional Heroine? It ‘Must Be Natasha’ in ‘War and Peace’

“Joined of course by Emma, Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliot, Marianne — well, that’s enough.,” says the renowned British biographer Claire Tomalin, whose latest book is “The Young H.G. Wells.” “We all enjoy heroines who don’t always behave themselves.” What books are on your night stand? Beside my bed this week is Anil Seth’s “Being You” — a book about consciousness, […]

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On the Best Seller List, Rachel Held Evans’s Legacy Endures

By Elisabeth Egan IN MEMORIAM In 2019, not long before Rachel Held Evans died from a brief, sudden illness, she summoned her husband to her office to take a look at her laptop. The first 20 percent of her new book was gone, “lost to the binary grave of technology,” writes Daniel Jonce Evans in a foreword to “Wholehearted Faith,” […]

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Military debacle worse than Charge of the Light Brigade

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info When the survivors of Operation Jubilee struggled to describe the disaster that engulfed them they reached back into history. The […]

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How an Artist Listens to the Voices in His Head

By John Williams The singer and songwriter Josh Ritter’s musical work is often praised for its imaginative and deeply considered lyrics. His first novel, “Bright’s Passage” (2011), started as a song before Ritter transformed it. For his second novel, “The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All,” he was inspired by the history of Idaho, where he grew up. It’s narrated […]

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