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Review: My Brilliant Friend

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Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend is an intricately personal novel about the friendship of two girls, Elena and Lila, who grow up together in an impoverished suburb of Naples during the 1950s. Lila is the “brilliant friend,” but is trapped

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Review: The Mad and the Bad

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This utterly bonkers French noir about a young female outpatient who goes on the lam with a twelve-year-old brat to avoid being offed by a hitman hired by the boy’s uncle owes equally to David Goodis and Claude Chabrol. Jean-Patrick

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Review: Once Upon a Time & Time Out of Mind-The Lives of Bob Dylan

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The last two decades have seen dozens of rock critics and Dylan scholars step up to the plate and take their whack at Hibbing’s favorite son, so it’s a bit of a surprise that Ian Bell’s comprehensive two-volume biography of

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Review- 10:04 by Ben Lerner

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Ben Lerner’s 10:04 is both a metafictional and a philosophical novel closely based (it would seem) on the author’s own life, which is to say that the whole thing sounds like a penance to read.  It isn’t.  It’s a book

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Review-The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine

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Alfred Thayer Mahan, a United States Navy flag officer and historian, has been called “the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century.” He wrote a book in 1890, The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660 – 1783, which set the world

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Review: The Infatuations by Javier Marías

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“It’s a novel, and once you’ve finished a novel, what happened in it is of little importance and soon forgotten. What matters are the possibilities and ideas that the novel’s imaginary plot communicates to us and infuses us with…” It seems likely

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Review: The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal

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While amassing the family archives in preparation for writing The Hare with Amber Eyes (one of the bestselling books of the last decade for our store), Edmund de Waal discovered the manuscript of a novel by his grandmother, written in the

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A Holiday Gift Guide (Fiction)

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Recommendations written by Anne-Marie, Matthew, Charlie and Thomas. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt  The Goldfinch is the critical and commercial hit of the Fall.  It’s an engrossing, capacious coming-of-age novel that takes on both our relationship to enduring art and

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Schottenfreude — A recommended stocking stuffer

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The miscellaneously fecund Ben Schott (creator of Schott’s Miscellany) has dived into the German language and come out the other end with Schottenfreude : German Words for the Human Condition.  Making use of the German language’s compounding capacity, Schott confects

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Uncannily Specific Reading List

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“Historical Fictions in Translation that Imagine the Life of a Literary Figure Written by Men with Hippocratic Wreaths” Rimbaud the Son by Pierre Michon – Immense contemporary French author writing about another massive French talent.  Very Bald. Summer in Baden-Baden

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