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FRAUD by David Rakoff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2001

"But mostly he is. Cloying, overlong diversions best suited for 15 minutes of public radio. Nothing more."
Fifteen disparate personal essays running from wisecracking self-deprecation to a misplaced, though welcome, earnestness from yet another young, sardonic NPR graduate. Read full book review >

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THE UNCOLLECTED DAVID RAKOFF by David Rakoff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A hit-and-miss selection that is more of a footnote to Rakoff's career than a summary of it."
A posthumous, clearinghouse collection by the writer and NPR humorist. Read full book review >

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DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE by David Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"The self-lacerating wit of David Sedaris mixed with the biting commentary of Dan Savage—only completely and utterly original."
Rakoff (Fraud, 2001) targets cultural excess in this humorous essay collection. Read full book review >

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LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH by David Rakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Strong work. It deepens the impact that this was the last book completed by the author."
This short novel of rhyming verse might be better read aloud, if only the author were still alive to read it. Read full book review >

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HALF EMPTY by David Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"An unsentimental comic depiction of our inability to recognize our own short-sided logic."
A collection of humorous—albeit pessimistic—essays on humankind's incalculable foibles. Read full book review >

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MY SALINGER YEAR by Joanna Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2014

"Many of the mysteries of the literary world remain mysteries to the author, but she provides good company as she explores them."
A sharply observed coming-of-age memoir about an aspiring writer's entry-level job at a fading literary agency. Read full book review >

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A FORTUNATE AGE by Joanna Smith Rakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Here's hoping for a sequel, when all of them will be older, and none will be wiser."
Sometimes a novel's surface weaknesses reveal themselves as underlying strengths. Read full book review >

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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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LOVE YA
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I don’t read a lot of Young Adult/New Adult books, but I’ve become a fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I think I’ve read all of her books now (and hope a new one is coming out soon!).

I just finished What I Thought Was True, and I invite you all to read it!

Sometimes, with YA, I feel ...


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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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