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Paul Theroux’s Boston Reading List

What are some literary itineraries around the city?Boston is less a city than a cluster of neighborhoods. The house in Roxbury where Malcolm...

Book Review: ‘Roald Dahl, Teller of the Unexpected’ by Matthew Dennison

ROALD DAHL, TELLER OF THE UNEXPECTED: A Biography, by Matthew DennisonMany young readers who love the prodigious oeuvre of Roald Dahl can nonetheless...

A Fake Death in Romancelandia

A Tennessee homemaker entered the online world of romance writers and it became, in her words, “an addiction.” Things went downhill from there. Source...

Book Review: ‘Master Slave Husband Wife,’ by Ilyon Woo

MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE: An Epic Journey From Slavery to Freedom, by Ilyon WooA few days before Christmas in 1848, an enslaved woman...

Hanif Kureishi Collapsed. His Dispatches on Recovery Are Captivating Readers

The tweets are brave, profound, playful, lyrical, despairing and occasionally very funny. Mentioning an impending rectal exam, Kureishi recalled the last one he...

Book review: “My Strange Shrinking Parents,” by Zeno Sworder, and “The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name,” by Sandhya Parappukkaran and Michelle Pereira

Just shy of 5-foot-2, I’ve thought of myself as small all my life. Smallness permeated my world in other, less tangible ways as...

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

It should be terrifying, not exhilarating, to discover an apocalyptic novel from 1939 and to recognize that its story of denial in the...

Netflix’s ‘The Lying Life of Adults’ Depicts Ferrante’s Naples

Like the novel by Elena Ferrante on which it is based, the opening line of Netflix’s “The Lying Life of Adults” is spoken...

Charles Simic, Pulitzer-Winning Poet and U.S. Laureate, Dies at 84

He was almost certainly America’s most devoted and ecstatic food poet. One of his poems was titled “Crazy About Her Shrimp.” Another, “Café...

Naomi Replansky, Poet of Hopeful Struggle, Dies at 104

Ms. Replansky’s poem “An Inheritance” reprises those years:Five dollars, four dollars, three dollars, two,One, and none, and what do we do?”This is the...

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