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The Horrors of Irish Magdalene Laundries, Revisited

SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE By Claire Keegan A tiny thing itself — a slice-of-life novella cheekily packaged as a full-scale novel — Claire Keegan’s ...

Mel Brooks Keeps It Very Light in ‘All About Me!’

Mel Brooks has been responsible for so much in the American comedic canon, for so long, it sometimes seems he is, if not 2,000 years old like one ...

Translation Is Hard Work. Lydia Davis Makes It Thrilling.

Lydia Davis learned German after being plopped into a classroom in Graz, Austria, at the age of 7. Her immersion began at home with breakfast: If ...

A Book’s Unlikely Pairing: Fernando Pessoa and Plane Crashes

PILOT IMPOSTORBy James Hannaham In this playful and varied collection, the novelist James Hannaham (“Delicious Foods,” “God Says No”) makes use ...

‘Looking for the Good War’ Says Our Nostalgia for World War II Has Done Real Harm

Toward the end of “Looking for the Good War,” Elizabeth D. Samet’s discerning new book about the gauzy mythology that has shrouded the historical ...

Ian Frazier Wishes Somebody Would Write About the World’s Largest Beaver Dam

“Supposedly it’s the largest animal-made structure visible from space,” says the journalist and humorist Ian Frazier, whose latest book is ...

Starring Louise Erdrich as Herself

METAVERSE When you’re reading a novel, you’ll find its author’s fingerprints on every page. But how often do you encounter the writer as a ...

8 New Books Coming in December

‘The Ballerinas,’ by Rachel Kapelke-Dale (St. Martin’s, Dec. 7) In this debut thriller, three dancers try to conceal their secrets at the Paris ...

‘In the Eye of the Wild,’ a Haunting Memoir About Life After a Bear Attack

“Attack” didn’t seem like the right word, and neither did “mauling.” In Nastassja Martin’s new book, “In the Eye of the Wild,” she calls it ...

My Book Was Censored in China. Now It’s Blacklisted — in Texas.

Andrew Solomon, a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia and a lecturer in psychiatry at Yale, is the author of “The Noonday Demon” and ...

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