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  • In Anne Tyler’s latest novel, a woman learns to dance, not sleepwalk, through life

    In Anne Tyler’s latest novel, a woman learns to dance, not sleepwalk, through life

    Anne Tyler reimagined “The Taming of the Shrew” for modern audiences in her 2016 novel, “Vinegar Girl.” It was an intriguing undertaking, because its leading lady — saucy, hotheaded Kate — is the complete opposite of the mostly placid characters Tyler’s fans have fallen in love with in her 20 or...

  • Review of 'The Death of Truth': Michiko Kakutani turns to Donald Trump and fake news

    Review of 'The Death of Truth': Michiko Kakutani turns to Donald Trump and fake news

    Michiko Kakutani had the best literary criticism job in America. As chief book critic for the New York Times, she could review any book she wanted and won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1998. She used the word “limn” so much that it became a book reviewing cliché. Everyone in publishing read...

  • Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' gives women permission to be bad

    Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' gives women permission to be bad

    When "Gone Girl" was published to sensational acclaim - and extraordinary sales - in 2012, some critics hailed the novel as Gillian Flynn's breakthrough. Yet for all its glories - those startling Act II gearshifts, that merciless vivisection of a marriage in toxic shock - its author had already,...

  • Childless, single, 40: Why is it a problem?

    Childless, single, 40: Why is it a problem?

    On its surface, Glynnis MacNicol's memoir seems simple, even mundane: a straight, single woman turns 40 and faces the challenge of defining herself and her life in the absence of marriage and children. As a successful journalist living in New York, MacNicol is aware of the privilege that has allowed...

  • What's the greatest book about politics? Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and others weigh in.

    What's the greatest book about politics? Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and others weigh in.

    July 11 marks the 59th anniversary of the release of "Advise & Consent," Allen Drury's Pulitzer-winning political novel about a progressive secretary of state nominee with communist ties. The book, which was later adapted into a movie, was released to widespread praise. When Drury died in 1998,...

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