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Author Archive | Katherine J. Chen

“The Three Weissmanns of Westport”

In “The Three Weissmanns of Westport,” Cathleen Schine puts her spin on Jane Austen, with characters seeking love in Manhattan and Westport, Connecticut.

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“Heroic Measures”

Jill Ciment’s whirlwind novel involves disease, terrorist attacks, and an unforgettable elderly couple from New York.

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Generosity: An Enhancement


Richard Powers creates an all-too-real dystopia of rearranged chromosomes, chemical imbalances, and a pharmaceutical industry bent on manufacturing happiness.

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In “Essays,” award-winning playwright Wallace Shawn tackles difficult subjects like morality, privilege, and art with his characteristic dry humor.

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This Is Where I Leave You

“This Is Where I Leave You”

Jonathan Tropper’s fifth novel reinvents the dysfunctional family with cutting one-liners and laugh-out-loud humor that, despite everything, brings out the best in his characters.

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The Believers: A Novel

“The Believers”

In “The Believers,” a controversial attorney defends an alleged Muslim terrorist in court before falling into a coma, bringing out the best and worst in his manic-depressive family.

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“The Girl Who Played With Fire”

In his 600-page novel, Stieg Larsson covers the corruption of big business and the depravity of what really goes on in sex trafficking.

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Only 192 pages, “Tinkers” overflows with electric language that captures the state of mind of George Washington Crosby, a dying man who is haunted by memories of his father.

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“Marry Him”

Lori Gottlieb, a single parent, takes a refreshingly realistic look at the dating habits of women across the nation in “Marry Him,” a book on tough love and finding true romance.

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A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America

“A Bomb in Every Issue”

Peter Richardson’s “A Bomb in Every Issue” examines the legacy of a magazine that made history with its risky and controversial journalism.

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