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Dear Husband,: Stories

“Dear Husband”

The 14 stories in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Dear Husband” tackle the suffocating and sometimes fatal nature of family ties.

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Summertime: Fiction


In “Summertime,” Coetzee blurs the lines between truth and fiction to examine his own life.

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Shadow Tag: A Novel

“Shadow Tag”

The complexities of love and hatred, truth and fiction, are managed with exquisite skill in “Shadow Tag” by Louise Erdrich.

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How It Ended: New and Collected Stories

“How It Ended”

“How It Ended” brings together three decades of short stories, representing the breadth of Jay McInerney’s career.

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The focus of Paul Yoon’s debut collection, “Once the Shore,” is a single, fictional island in the South Pacific. The tales unfurl at a measured pace, the calculation never distracting from the vibrancy of the descriptions. “[Yoon] explores what is said between people and what is unspeakable, the ways people attempt to connect and the ways they disappoint one another, and the impact of the stories—and the lies—we tell ourselves, each other,” says The Rumpus. In lovely, sparse prose, Yoon portrays the lives of people torn between the old ways and the possibilities of the new. “Most of the collection’s characters move through events with a resignation or forbearance rare in contemporary fiction. ‘Once the Shore’ is the work of a large and quiet talent,” writes the New York Times. Yoon’s characters do not thrive on action but on the strength of the author’s insight, patience, and arresting descriptions.

“Once The Shore”

Paul Yoon’s debut collection, “Once the Shore,” entrances the reader with its unhurried observations and stark but dazzling prose.

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Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

“Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It”

“Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It” approaches the difficulties of human relations in the controlled voice of Maile Meloy.

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Wild Child: and Other Stories

“Wild Child”

T.C. Boyle takes us on a crazy ride of literature in “Wild Child,” spitting out a collection of stories and characters that are thoroughly unique.

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“Pink Brain, Blue Brain”

Lise Eliot lays out the strengths and weaknesses of both sexes in a refreshingly clear and accessible how-to book aimed at today’s parents.

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In this surprising indictment of positive thinking, Barbara Ehrenreich criticizes American optimism, linking it to such phenomena as the Iraq War and the economic recession.

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“The Greatest Show on Earth”

Richard Dawkins faces his critics head-on in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which sweeps Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” into the 21st century.

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