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The Book Review Turns 125 The New York Times is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its Book Review with a selection from its archives. Here you’ll find links to reviews of past books including The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Roots by Alex Haley, and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, as well as …

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The New Yorker

Dear Subscriber, On Friday, the latest film by Wes Anderson, “The French Dispatch,” arrives in theatres across the U.S. Starring Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, and more, the movie follows the staff of its namesake magazine as they produce an issue—a publication based largely on the mid-century New Yorker. From the beginning, the real-life …

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Quotation: “How We Write Mental Illness in Fiction”

“Mental illness is less a disease of the mind and more of a societal blindness. Reading fiction opens our eyes to other people’s way of viewing the world. As a reader, there have been magical moments that I have felt the soul of someone I’ve never met has seen me. As a writer, it is …

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Carmen Mola: Lauded Spanish female crime writer revealed to be 3 men – CNN

Spain’s literary world has been thrown into chaos after a coveted book prize was given to “Carmen Mola” — a lauded female thriller writer who turned out to be the pseudonym of three men. Source: Carmen Mola: Lauded Spanish female crime writer revealed to be 3 men – CNN I found this oddly appropriate, since …

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The great book shortage of 2021, explained Those exhortations you’ve heard about ordering holiday gifts early include books. My daughter reminded me just a couple of days ago to get my book requests to her soon. In defence of memoirs – a way to grip our story-shaped lives After studying life stories and their nonfiction …

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How the Clique Books Taught Me to Hate Other Girls and Myself “I thought these middle-grade novels would help me navigate private school. Instead, they immersed me in bullying and materialism.” Anyone who doesn’t believe how much literature can influence people could benefit from reading Lena Wilson’s account of how she was influenced by “the …

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All Our Possible Lives: On Sylvia Plath, Matt Haig, and the Female Suicide Narrative “Savannah Marciezyk Compares Textual Interpretations of The Midnight Library and The Bell Jar” Sylvia Plath and Matt Haig have much in common, but the differences between their receptions and textual interpretations are remarkable. Plath’s novel is famously (and controversially) autobiographical. Haig …

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book covers: The Lottery, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, Mrs. March, The Yellow Wallpaper, Deep Water, The Butcher Boy

6 Degrees of Separation: Deranged Minds

This month we start with “a (frightening) short story,” “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. This is probably the story Jackson is best known for. It appeared in The New Yorker in 1948. What I love about Shirley Jackson’s work is the way she gradually makes the reader realize that things are not always what they …

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Goodbye to September!

I don’t routinely do end-of-month roundups, but I’m feeling particularly optimistic and inspired right now at turning the calendar page to a new month. For two reasons: The greatest legacy my mother left me is a love of baseball. She was a dedicated Red Sox fan, so that’s how I started out. Then we spent …

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