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  • FICTION

    PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA

    APRIL 23, 2010

FICTION

PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA

by Peter Carey

Quirky and erudite, but the payoff in human-interest terms is meager. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LORD OF MISRULE

    NOV. 14, 2010

FICTION

LORD OF MISRULE

by Jaimy Gordon

Exceptional writing and idiosyncratic characters make this an engaging read. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GREAT HOUSE

    OCT. 1, 2010

FICTION

GREAT HOUSE

by Nicole Krauss

Brainy and often lyrically expressive, but also elusive and sometimes infuriatingly coy; Krauss is an acquired taste. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SO MUCH FOR THAT

    MARCH 9, 2010

FICTION

SO MUCH FOR THAT

by Lionel Shriver

An overly schematic but powerful study of both marriage and medical care. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    NOTHING TO ENVY

    JAN. 5, 2010

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

NOTHING TO ENVY

by Barbara Demick

Meticulous reporting reveals life in a country that tries hard to keep its citizens walled in and the rest of the world out. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CULTURES OF WAR

    SEPT. 7, 2010

HISTORY

CULTURES OF WAR

by John W. Dower

An unrelenting, incisive, masterly comparative study. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    JUST KIDS

    JAN. 19, 2010

  • NONFICTION

    EVERY MAN IN THIS VILLAGE IS A LIAR

    JUNE 15, 2010

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