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‘Voices from the Rust Belt’ a Lush and Varied Portrait of the Midwest

The collection of essays paints a complex and intensely beautiful picture of a world in decline

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“The Female Persuasion” Falls Short of Convincing

In trying to address too many of today’s problems with how women are treated, depicted, even idolized, Wolitzer spreads herself too thin.

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Owen Gingerich

Professor Emeritus Owen J. Gingerich owns the world's largest collection of ephemerides. The table shows the positions of celestial bodies in 1492.

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Porter Square Books Owner

The owner of Porter Square Books offers his thoughts on the importance of independent bookstores in the age of Amazon.

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‘The Sun Does Shine’ Exposes the Infuriating Truth of America’s Criminal Justice System

​In his memoir, “The Sun Does Shine,” Anthony Ray Hinton, a black man from rural Alabama who has been put on death row for crimes he did not commit, finds his most important source of strength in Scripture.

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‘Stray City’ Strays from the Powerhouse Novel it Could Have Been

An interesting spin on a single-parent narrative, “Stray City” explores some topics while leaving other timely ones high and dry.

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‘The Astonishing Color of After’ Paints Sincere Picture of Nostalgia and Grief

“The Astonishing Color of After” is a thoughtful exploration of defining and discovering identity—cultural, artistic, familial, and personal.

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‘I Was Anastasia’: An Oddly Organized Novel

The novel’s structure and its historical grounding make its concept compelling, but some off-putting style choices and gaps in character development ultimately detract from its execution.

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‘The Price of the Haircut’: Absurd and Astonishing Stories

In 272 pages and 11 short stories (some shorter than others), Brock Clarke plunges into the depths of the absurd.

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Jenny Erpenbeck and Claire Messud Talk Refugees, ‘Go, Went, Gone’

​On Mar. 5 in Sever 113, there was a buzz in the air not unlike the first day of a new class, except the room was filled with more senior citizens than college seniors.

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Riveting Character Development Saves ‘The Gunners’ From Standard Plotline

In “The Gunners,” Rebecca Kauffman takes a new spin on a basic storyline by using her talent in realism to create characters that easily resonate, providing an enjoyable read.​

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Benjamin Zawacki

Benjamin Zawacki gives a talk about his book "Thailand: Shifting Ground Between the U.S. and a Rising China" in CGIS South Wednesday afternoon.

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From Page to Screen ‘Love, Simon’ Forgets It’s a Coming Out Story

Whereas, in “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” Simon learns to accept himself with his newly realized sexuality, in “Love, Simon,” Simon learns to accept himself despite his sexuality.

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Page To Screen: 'A Wrinkle In Time'

An openness to more of the book’s awkwardness, humor, and pain would have helped to remind viewers why, for 56 years, readers have accompanied L’Engle’s misfit characters on their mind-boggling journey through space and time.

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‘The Parking Lot Attendant’ Is Satisfyingly Unresolved

In her first full-length novel, “The Parking Lot Attendant,” Nafkote Tamirat plunges into the life of a Boston-born teenager with Ethiopian parents.

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