Books

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I expected Kang to treat her topic with the same fire that she brought to the psychosexual tangles of The Vegetarian, but for all its beauty the book feels weirdly contentless, a boundary drawn around air.

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“When You Read This” does lead readers to contemplate intriguing and important philosophical questions, such as what makes life worth living and how, if at all, the dead should be honored, but it lacks in plot and character development.

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Wang describes schizophrenia as a narrative disease, an affliction whose progression can be mapped through the evolution of a protagonist.

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Few volumes of poetry boast such backmatter — flipping back and forth between text and notes is a style of reading I figured highly academic and contained to, say, John Whittier-Ferguson’s Joyce class.

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The promise of an original premise isn’t enough to distinguish “An Anonymous Girl” from your common thriller.

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Ruffin has crafted a heavy, thought provoking novel that leads readers to grapple with questions of race and social responsibility that are highly relevant to the current political climate.

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Roupenian refuses to hesitate in introducing her breadth as a writer, boldly declaring herself on the page in a take-it-or-leave-it cleanse.

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Like an existential therapist, Mary Oliver was a guide to the emotional landscape of life, someone who saw the ways that all internal opposites share an intimate inner boundary.

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The Man Booker Prize is about as coy and mysterious as the work it honors.

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What it’s about is The City. And the traumas of war, and the isolating nature of pain, and homelessness and cars and ingratitude. But mostly The City.