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About the Books That Make Us Who We Are

In her memoir of a lifetime of reading, Samantha Ellis analyzes her early impressions and explores the ways that her adult reactions have since diverged.

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The End Is Not the End in 'Station Eleven'

Emily St. John Mandel's book about the survivors of a devastating plague is a thoughtful and original take on the post-apocalyptic genre.

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"Harry Potter for Grown-Ups" Grows Up

The third and final installment in Lev Grossman's 'Magicians' trilogy, The Magician's Land, is also its best.

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A Mystery, a Marriage and a Fascinatingly Unreliable Narrator

Is Thomas Christopher Greene tipping his hat to the great Russian writers, particularly Dostoevsky, who combined thrillers, romance and domestic drama, too?

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Lee Sandlin Applies a Lovely Restraint in 'The Distancers'

Without bells or whistles, but with love and a subtle touch, Lee Sandlin lays bare the lives of his very private ancestors in this simple but pleasurable memoir.

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Lost in Space with Sorcerors and Robots: 'Duplex'

Kathryn Davis' admirable prose and striking imagery is not enough to anchor Duplex to a fixed point in the space-time continuum.

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Team Brandon Or Team Willoughby? Yes, It's Exactly That Intense in 'Among the Janeites'

For Austen fans or anyone who's ever been obsessed with a hobby past the point of rationality, Deborah Yaffe's peek into the current state of Austen fandom reveals sights both embarrassingly and delightfully recognizable.

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Picador, Reprint edition

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City of Extremes: Jerry White's 'A Great and Monstrous Thing'

Jerry White's history of 18th century London is a tale of many cities in one, suitable for the intellectually curious, and invaluable to the researcher.

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Pottermore for Austenites: David M. Shapard's 'The Annotated Emma'

David M. Shapard's excellent annotation of Jane Austen's Emma delineates the shades of meaning so vital to understanding Austen's works, and drops in the kind of trivia that truly devoted fans just eat up.

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