Matterhorn: by Karl Marlantes
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Matterhorn: by Karl Marlantes

Two of the most interesting novels that concern the Vietnam War have been released in…

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Role Models: by John Waters
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Role Models: by John Waters

I was in eighth grade when I first discovered John Waters’ Pink Flamingos in the…

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A Visit from the Goon Squad: by Jennifer Egan
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A Visit from the Goon Squad: by Jennifer Egan

Having received comparisons to Joyce and Proust, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad…

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Bob Dylan in America: by Sean Wilentz
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Bob Dylan in America: by Sean Wilentz

The very first page of Bob Dylan In America is filled, front and back, with…

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The Pale King: by David Foster Wallace
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The Pale King: by David Foster Wallace

Let me start out by saying that when reviewing David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The…

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs

Jacob’s grandfather told strange stories, but he had every reason and every right to exercise…

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1Q84: by Haruki Murakami
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1Q84: by Haruki Murakami

For some reason, much effort seems to be expended to paint Haruki Murakami as a…

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The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael: Edited by Sanford Schwartz
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The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael: Edited by Sanford Schwartz

Pauline Kael didn’t live to see 9/11, but we certainly could have used her humane…

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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (Vol. 1): by Francis Fukuyama
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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (Vol. 1): by Francis Fukuyama

When you’re penning a two-volume series ambitiously titled The Origins of Political Order, every word…

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Skippy Dies: by Paul Murray
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Skippy Dies: by Paul Murray

Without delving too much into derivative Harry Potter crossover or Hogwarts navel-gazing, the boys that…

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