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  • Bookmark: Cover hides what's really inside

    Her publisher surely meant well, but the cover of Anne Tyler's new novel "The Beginner's Goodbye" (Knopf) is all wrong.
  • Review: Jonathan Franzen's 'Farther Away' wants to bridge distance

    Review: Jonathan Franzen's 'Farther Away' wants to bridge distance
    -------------------- Farther Away Essays Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 322 pp., $26 -------------------- I didn't much like Jonathan Franzen's essay "Farther Away" when I read it a year ago in the New Yorker. A complicated mishmash of a...

    Nobel natterings: let the barfight begin

    Nobel natterings: let the barfight begin
    Let the bar fights begin: Mario Vargas Llosa? You gotta be kidding me. Of all the categories in which Nobel Prizes are awarded, none gets the blood going quite like the literary one. It’s a little tricky  to have an opinion about the physics or...

    Writers Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra share a city and common inspiration: El Monte

    Writers Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra share a city and common inspiration: El Monte
    Aside from their proximity in age, and the fulsome praise they got for their debut novels, Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra would appear to have little in common as writers. Plascencia's "The People of Paper," which was published in 2005...

    Book Review: Treasured memories of a beloved brother

    Book Review: Treasured memories of a beloved brother
    Anton Chekhov A Brother's Memoir Mikhail Chekhov, translated from the Russian by Eugene Alper Palgrave Macmillan: 230 pp., $25 Anton Chekhov's life is well documented: When he died of consumption in 1904 at age 44, he was honored all over the world....