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August 5, 2020 

Warren writer ranks with literary luminaries -
Writers who start their careers with "regional" attached to their names often go on to wider recognition. Kent Haruf immersed the reader in small-town Colorado, Jane Smiley brought to life farming families in Iowa, Richard Russo the mill towns of upper New York State, and Charles Frazier the Southern . . .
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Author Q&A with Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond
Paddington Bear - at least as far as his 89-year-old creator Michael Bond is concerned - is essentially an English character, and the wild popularity of the new film "Paddington" hasn't changed his opinion. From his home in London, Bond, whose newest book is "Love from Paddington," answered questions about . . .
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Dowling Offers Checkered (and Hilarious) Advice on the Art of Marriage
Lots of marriages make their way to a dead end. Few have the guts to begin there. Yet that's where Tim Dowling and his British girlfriend started. Dowling, an aimless 20-something New Yorker, had spent a couple of years hopping to London and back to visit his brooding, skeptical love interest. But Britain's . . .
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Donald E. Westlake Returns With a "Nonfiction Miscellany"
When I reviewed "Get Real" in 2009, it looked to be Donald E. Westlake's final book: On the last day of 2008, at the age of 75, he had suffered a fatal heart attack while on vacation in Mexico. His death wasn't just a loss to his family and friends, though; it was also a loss to readers, for Westlake was one of the most . . .
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Adam Tanner Takes on Data and Privacy, Or the Lack Thereof, in His Latest Book
If Professor Latanya Sweeney has three pieces of information - your birth date, Zip code and gender - she can probably tell you your name. If you're under the age of 25 and reveal where you were born, she can cobble together nearly every digit of your Social Security number. I saw her do it in a class at Harvard last fall. . . .
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Emma Straub Takes a Good Look at How Other People Go On Vacation
Plotting your summer vacation is a task freighted with weighty decisions, and the weightiest things you'll pack are books. Should you bear down or let yourself go? Is this the summer you finally tackle "Anna Karenina"? Or is it time to stop lugging around Thomas Piketty's "Capital" and put something in the suitcase . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Chris Bohjalian's Latest Book Hits a Variety of Hot Buttons
"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands," Chris Boh­jalian's terrific new novel, could serve as a master class on how to write the thinking reader's best-seller. Suspenseful, provocative, often terrifying yet compassionate, it pushes a variety of hot buttons - child homelessness, mental illness, nuclear energy . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Jojo Moyes Gathers a Collection of Misfits in Her Latest Book
Safety advisory: If you're planning to read Jojo Moyes' "One Plus One" on your summer vacation, slather on plenty of SPF 50. Once you start the book, you probably won't look up again until you're the last one left on the beach. In her wonderful new novel, Moyes gathers a cast of misfits . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Michael Wolraich Looks at Theodore Roosevelt and the Origins of Progressive Politics
At the start of 1910, conservative Republicans dominated the U.S. House of Representatives. The Senate, also solidly Republican, was widely perceived as beholden to special interests working their will on state legislatures, to which the Constitution had entrusted the job of choosing U.S. senators. . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2014
J. Douglas Smith Book Investigates the Supreme Court's "One Person, One Vote"
The civil rights revolution of the 1960s is much remembered, especially in this 50th-anniversary year of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But the other transformational political revolution of the 1960s is almost entirely forgotten. Between 1962 and 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2014

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