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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Patti Davis: A New Novel Helps Bury Old Wounds

The iconic Republican president’s daughter is just as liberal and engaged as ever in the questions of the day. Ages ago, she was known for being a sharp critic of her father, a breach that has since healed.

December 4, 2015
Ten Dollar Bill, Alexander Hamilton

Woman’s Face On U.S. Currency Shouldn’t Be A Politician’s Face

Put a poet there. A scientist. A musician with a social cause. A social worker. A teacher. A suffragette. An abolitionist. But, please, not a politician.

July 7, 2015

‘Death And Mr. Pickwick’ — A Novel Rich Enough For Dickens To Steal

Calling Dickens’ authorial claim “the greatest literary hoax in history,” Jarvis weaves a staggering amount of research into a gripping, fictionalized presentation of his emphatically non-fictional argument: Dickens stole both the concept as well as various scenes and characters in Pickwick.

July 5, 2015

Milan Kundera’s ‘Festival Of Insignificance’ On Being And Smallness

There’s not much to Milan Kundera’s 10th novel, The Festival of Insignificance — his first work of fiction since 2000’s Ignorance — but then that’s part of the point.

June 28, 2015

Top Reads: ‘The Killer Angels’

Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Killer Angels, is a masterpiece of historical fiction and a portrait of our nation that remains relevant.

April 12, 2015

Novelist Takes On Academia In ‘Dear Committee Members’

In Dear Committee Members, presented as a series of increasingly inappropriate recommendation letters, a once-promising novelist is crumbling under academic and personal pressures.

April 5, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Snow’

Positioned between Europe and Asia, torn between secularism and Islam, the identity of modern Turkey is caught in a crisis of contradictions.

March 22, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson Brings Culture Clash To ‘Welcome To Braggsville’

“Welcome to Braggsville,” a novel about the clash of cultures, on both personal and collective terms.

February 19, 2015