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Zadie Smith's 'Intimations' Essays Pandemic With Erudite Wit and Compassion

Zadie Smith's Intimations is an essay collection of gleaming, wry, and crisp prose that wears its erudition lightly but takes flight on both everyday and lofty matters.

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'The Perfect Nanny' Mirrors the Aftermath of Its Murderous Inspiration

As with the media surrounding the Krim children murders, Leila Slimani's book asks, what went wrong?

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'The Best of Everything' and 'The Group' Don't Feel Defeatist for Women - They Feel Survivalist

We tend to err on the side of delusion for the sake of sanity. Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything and Mary McCarthy's The Group, however, do not.

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Love Comes to Town in Susan Choi's Excellent ' My Education'

When Regina Gottlieb arrives at graduate school, she is warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur. It's the perfect moment for the over-educated, highly intelligent girl to fall for her professor's wife in Susan Choi's My Education.

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The Riddle of the Sands & The 39 Steps

Unlike their characters, Childers and Buchan refused to indulge in such nonchalant optimism. Their books are fine examples of the ‘Invasion Novel’, a sub-genre of thriller which flourished in the early years of the 20th century.

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