Jane Smiley
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The Best Books of 2014: Fiction
7 Jan 2015 // 9:28 PM

From postmodern latticework narratives to Booker prize winning epics, 2014 offers numerous fictional tales worthy of adding to your bookshelf.

The Best Non-Fiction of 2011
23 Feb 2012 // 4:00 PM

Books have a long shelf-life. A loved book may outlast its original owner by a generation – or more -- if well cared for. With that in mind, we recall our best loved books of 2011 here, well into 2012. Better late than never...


Disco, AIDS and Nuclear War Permeate Jane Smiley's 'Early Warning'
23 Aug 2015 // 9:05 PM

Smiley doesn’t overlook defining political moments in part two of her trilogy, including the 1981 presidential election of Ronald Reagan and the ensuing sociopolitical shift rightward.

'Some Luck' Is Sweeping, Bold, and Completely Engrossing
9 Oct 2014 // 9:15 PM

Few authors are able to write equally well about war strategy, communism, cover crops, and postpartum depression.

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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