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‘Salvage The Bones’ Takes Top Fiction Honors At The National Book Awards

In a celebratory National Book Awards on Wall Street last night, Stephen Greenblatt took the nonfiction award for Swerve, while, […]

Brutal And Perfect ‘Third Reich’: Bolano’s Final Gift

In literature, there are few things quite as simultaneously tragic and beautiful as a perfect novel, published posthumously. It’s a […]

Ann Patchett Opens Parnassus Books In Nashville

The world of independent bookstores has a new member: Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., opened its doors on Wednesday. The […]

DVD Picks: ‘West Side Story’

Time now for a home video recommendation from movie critic Bob Mondello. This week he’s looking back a half-century, to […]

In ‘Birds,’ Sis Makes A Dream World For Grown-Ups

Twelfth-century Persian poet Farid Ud-Din Attar’s epic poem “The Conference of the Birds” is now adapted in a gorgeously illustrated […]

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‘Tomboy’: Truths And Dares For A 10-Year-Old

The beautiful coming-of-age film Tomboy follows a 10-year-old girl who moves to a new town and quietly — for reasons […]

A Quaint, Compelling ‘Pilgrim’ Tale In The New World

I’ll admit, it’s kind of hokey to be talking about a novel called The Pilgrim, right before Thanksgiving. What’s even […]

Telling Stories: Hear 5 National Book Award Finalists

Every year, on the evening before the National Book Award winners are announced, the finalists are celebrated in an evening […]

‘Micro’: Michael Crichton’s Last Is Larger Than Life

It’s both a sad and celebratory moment when, if you’re as devoted a fan as I am of the novels […]

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