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Toni Morrison’s ‘God Help the Child’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:30am
Child abuse cuts a jagged scar through Toni Morrison’s “God Help the Child,” a modern-­day fairy tale with shades of the Brothers Grimm.

‘Spinster,’ by Kate Bolick

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:30am
Kate Bolick enjoys living single — and so did the five writers whose stories she tells.

From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

NPR Books - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 3:50pm

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.

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In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells Cuba's Story

NPR Books - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 5:19am

Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.

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Meditating On Maisie Dobbs, Our Favorite Intuitive Detective Psychologist

NPR Books - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 5:00am

This trip in the Time Machine, we're looking back at Jacqueline Winspear's well-loved Maisie Dobbs books. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says there are interesting times ahead for the nurse-turned-sleuth.

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Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances

NPR Books - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 3:27am

Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.

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A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War

NPR Books - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 4:08pm

Viet Thanh Nguyen grew up in America with war movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which offer accounts of the war focusing on Americans. His new novel, The Sympathizer, follows a Vietnamese spy.

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