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'The Opposite of Fate' Embraces Life, However Inopportune

In The Opposite of Fate, Alison McGhee humanizes the abortion issue in a way that is unexpected and heartening.


Bearing the Weight of Jane Brox's 'Silence'

Solitary confinement; monastic discipline; gender discrimination: In Silence, Jane Brox explores how our circumstances shape our ideals, showing how authority muffles her not so quiet subject.


'In the Night Wood' Is a Story About Storytelling Itself

Like the characters that Umberto Eco captured in his first three novels, those of In the Night Wood are literary obsessives inspired, baffled, or haunted by texts, codes, cryptic nomenclature, dashed off scribbles, pagan mythology, and weird imagery.


'Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018'

Is there still any credence to the idea of non-required reading?


'The Best American Comics 2018' Beautifully Showcases the Diversity and Creativity of the Medium

This year's collection includes many independent and self-published artists; no mainstream or superhero comic in sight.


This Tale of Patsy Cline and Jim McCoy's 'Homeplace' Is Good for the Soul

John Lingan's immersive experience feels exponentially more revelatory than any nonfiction you're likely to have read since the dawn of Twitter.


The Many Benefits of Travel: Paul Theroux's 'Figures in a Landscape'

Travel of the kind Theroux has spent a lifetime doing would compel anyone to develop patience, a love of solitude and anonymity, a constant alertness, and a resourceful toughness.


Short Stories: Surprises and Twists

Five literary short stories with a twist by Alice Munro, Jorge Luis Borges, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lee Martin, and Jennifer Lynne Christie.


'The Mandela Plot' Gives a Crash Course in South African Politics

This tale set in Apartheid South Africa aptly demonstrates the contours of political divisiveness, but unfortunately, the characters are flat.


Talking in Circles: 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'

Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a boy who goes searching for clues after his father’s death on 9/11 is yet another failed attempt to translate this author to the screen.

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