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Review: New collection of columns by the late Jenny Diski

“Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?” by Jenny Diski (Bloomsbury Publishing) A lot of criticism doesn’t age well because it’s tied to ephemeral moments in our cultural life. J...

Review: A new collection of stories by Haruki Murakami

“First Person Singular,” by Haruki Murakami (Alfred A. Knopf) Haruki Murakami has a new collection of stories told in the first person by an unnamed older man obsessed with baseball,...

Review: Journalist’s first collection of fiction excels

“Land of Big Numbers,” by Te-Ping Chen (Mariner Books) A Chinese tech company recently made headlines for its use of “smart” cushions in office chairs to monitor its employees’ workp...

Review: New story collection by Danish writer Dorthe Nors

“Wild Swims,” by Dorthe Nors (Graywolf Press) “Hygge” is the Danish word for a sense of coziness and comfort that is supposedly characteristic of that Scandinavian country. In her l...

Nom Wah at 100: a cookbook about a restaurant and community

NEW YORK (AP) — Wilson Tang was getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his restaurant, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, last winter and launch his first-ever cookbook. Then COVID-19 arrived, and China...

17 stories inspired by great American paintings

“From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Stories Inspired by Great American Paintings,” Pegasus Books, edited by Lawrence Block Writers take their inspiration from a variety of sources: an unforg...

Reflections on writing about the lives of Beckett, Beauvoir

"Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir," Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, by Deirdre Bair Deirdre Bair has spent her life writing well-received biographies of ...

Foner writes timely new book on Reconstruction amendments

"The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution" (W.W. Norton and Co.), by Eric Foner It took the United States two tries to get the Constitution r...

Review: 'Red at the Bone' is Woodson's dazzling new novel

"Red at the Bone" (Riverhead Books), by Jacqueline Woodson Jacqueline Woodson begins her dazzling new novel, "Red at the Bone," with an afterthought, in the middle of things, and bre...

Review: Is there 'Sex in the City' for women in their 50s?

"Is There Still Sex in the City?" (Grove Press), by Candace Bushnell Carrie's back! Or at least her real-life alter ego, Candace Bushnell, whose loosely autobiographical newspaper co...

Review: New anthology of Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalism

"The Scandal of the Century and Other Writings," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Alfred A. Knopf). Although he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's first l...

Review: Novelist explores the secular and religious divide

"kaddish.com" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Nathan Englander: It's 1999, and Larry, a lapsed Jew from Brooklyn, is at his sister Dina's house in Memphis for their father's funeral. ...

Foursome: Stieglitz, O'Keeffe, Strand, Salsbury

"Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Carolyn Burke It's been almost a century since Alfred Stieglitz scandalized polite...

A new collection of essays by Janet Malcolm

"Nobody's Looking at You: Essays" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Janet Malcolm It would be frightening to be interviewed by Janet Malcolm. But the same qualities that make her such ...

Holocaust scholar surveys rising tide of anti-Semitism

"Antisemitism: Here and Now" (Schocken Books), by Deborah E. Lipstadt Deborah E. Lipstadt was surprised at how hard it was to write her latest book. A leading authority on the Holoca...