INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

SASHA ABRAMSKY
by Gregory McNamee

Inside the house, an old man sits, surrounded by words. He trembles with Parkinson’s disease. Once strong as a bull, the product of having “schlepped heavy boxes of books around the great metropolis,” as his grandson recalls, he is now a man whose body is held together mostly by willpower, just as his long-deteriorating house near London’s Hampstead Heath ...


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A WRITER WHO MAKES HER VOICE HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
by Laurie Muchnick

Where to begin talking about Elena Ferrante’s powerful Neapolitan novels? I waited until getting an early copy of the last book, The Story of the Lost Child, to start reading the series, because so many people have been obsessed with finding out what happens next that I figured it would be less torture to read all four books at once ...


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KATHRYN EDIN AND LUKE SHAEFER
by Frederick Wherry

When sociologist Kathryn Edin walks into a room, her mental calculator begins its tallies. How many people are here, and how do they make ends meet? Her calculator has been running since she and Laura Lein wrote their revelatory book Making Ends Meet nearly 18 years ago. When you have less money coming in than you need, what do you ...


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IN MEMORIAM: OLIVER SACKS, 1933–2015
by Gregory McNamee

Oliver Sacks, the eminent neurologist and interpreter of science, died of cancer today, August 30. The author of more than a dozen books, including Awakenings, Musicophilia, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, he was 82 years old.

Born in London on July 9, 1933, the child of physicians, Sacks was a gifted student of the life ...


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BLOGS

WHAT'S NEW IN YA FOR SEPTEMBER
by Leila Roy

There are a TON of new books I’ve got my eye on this month, so let’s not waste any time!

Walk on Earth a Stranger, by Rae Carson

The Scorpion Rules, by Erin Bow

Dumplin', by Julie Murphy

The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz

Honor Girl, by Maggie Thrash

I’ve already read these five—I wrote about Walk on Earth ...


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OF MERMAIDS, HOPE, AND DREAMS OF LIFE
by Thea James

It’s only when we’re back in the house and have crept upstairs that she turns and looks at me for a long moment. ‘That was so special,’ she says. ‘Wasn’t it?’

I nod. I’m not good at talking about stuff like this, but I know what she means.

‘Everything’s so special. We should remember that.’

For decades ...


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THE VISIONARY OMNI MAGAZINE
by Andrew Liptak

In the 1980s, science fiction experienced a shift. Traditional genre magazines that dominated the field began to fall away as readership fell, while paperback and hardcover novels began dominating readers' bookshelves. Film companies started realizing that science-fiction movies were incredibly popular, introducing an entirely new audience to stories only previously imagined in the pages of a book. While this was ...


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