INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

JUDE THE OBSCURE, A NOVEL THAT'S ANYTHING BUT
by Gregory McNamee

Thomas Hardy always imagined that he would be better known for his poems than his novels, which he grudgingly wrote, he said, simply to pay the bills. The facts were otherwise. He lived a long life, dying in 1928 at the age of 87, but had given up on writing those novels fully 33 years before—which did nothing to diminish ...


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H.W. BRANDS
by Gregory McNamee

It’s easy, if you’re politically so inclined, to dismiss Ronald Reagan as a mere actor who bumbled his way onto the film set called the presidency, an intellectual lightweight in a White House full of geniuses, a political naïf in a hardball world.

It would be easy. It would also be wrong.

So says H.W. Brands, the eminent student ...


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FOREIGN INFLUENCE
by Catherine Hickley

The Incarnations
Barker, Susan
U.K.: July 3, 2014 | Doubleday
U.S.: Aug. 18, 2015 | Touchstone

Wang Jun ekes out a living in gruelling 12-hour shifts as a taxi driver in dusty, polluted, crowded Beijing. His mundane life with his pretty masseuse wife and their adored daughter, Echo, in Apartment 404 is thrown into disarray by a series of  letters from ...


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MARGO RABB
by Alex Heimbach

When Margo Rabb’s father died within days of the 1998 Swiss Air crash, the two events became inextricably linked for her. “I just kept imagining what it would be like to have lost someone in that way in such a public way,” she says. In Rabb’s new novel Kissing in America, she explores just that question. The narrator Eva’s dad died in a plane crash ...


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BLOGS

SUMMER READS MAKE ME FEEL FINE: ENJOY SOME CRIME IN THE SUNSHINE
by J. Kingston Pierce

If you glanced over the books currently covering my desk, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to surmise that Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was the hottest property of the year. Although we’re still in the early days of publisher Penguin’s plan to reissue all 75 of that prolific Belgian writer’s slender novels starring French police detective Jules Maigret—in order, one per month, a ...


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SEE HOW HIGH SHE FLIES
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Cover Story: Fire and Snakes and Symbols, Oh My

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up with a Twist

Bonus Factor: Witchcraft and Wizardry

Relationship Status: Adventure Partner

 

Cover Story: Fire and Snakes and Symbols, Oh My

I think this cover is pretty good—eye-catching, especially with ...


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IN SEARCH OF HISTORICAL COMEDIES
by Leila Roy

I am currently exactly halfway through Patrice Kindl’s A School for Brides, the companion to 2012’s Keeping the Castle, and I am already dying for more. Dying for more books by Patrice Kindl—but that’s a given, now and always—and also dying for more historical comedies, whether they are comedies of manners, snarky social satire, or slapstick. So far, A School ...


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