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‘Excavation’ digs up memories of child-teacher affair

When she was just 13, Wendy Ortiz began to learn important lessons about love, honesty and human depravity. She was a precocious eighth-grader, and she was about to fall under the spell of her 28-year...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:47

‘Land of Love, Drowning’ evokes Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Nowadays people think historians are stuffy types, but history is a kind of magic I doing here.”So says Anette, the most compelling of the characters populating “Land of Love and Drowning” by Vir...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:46

Single mom, tech millionaire in trouble hit the road in ‘One Plus One’

One Plus OneBy Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking)If you are the sort of reader who talks derisively of “chick lit” in that superior tone ― you know which one I mean ― then you may not be swa...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:46

‘Among Friends’ tells Cold War tale

A Spy Among FriendsBy Ben Macintyre(Crown)A lot of spy novels would have you believe that espionage involves elite globe-trotting adventures laced with good booze and cool toys, and certainly there ar...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:45

‘The Novel: A Biography’ captures life, history, connections of literature

Michael Schmidt’s massive new book, “The Novel: A Biography,” covers nearly 700 years of prose and hundreds of writers. At 1,200 pages, it is much longer than “Moby-Dick” and nearly as long as “...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:50

‘All I Love and Know’ tackles social issues

The considerable power of Judith Frank’s second novel, “All I Love and Know,” comes from two sources not always found in combination: first, the seriousness of the social issues it takes on, and se...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:49

‘World of Trouble’ shows planet before impending destruction

World of TroubleBen H. Winters (Quirk Books)How would you behave if it were the end of the world?In “World of Trouble,” Detective Hank Palace has only 14 days to live and a mystery to solve ― what...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:49

‘Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands’ follows life on run after disaster

Close Your EyesHold Hands/By Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday) Emily Shepard’s famous namesake once wrote that “The Soul selects her own Society ― Then ― shuts the Door.” Shepard, the runaway Vermont ...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:48

Spanish engineers create bookstore, hangout in Dallas

At first glance, the nondescript orange bungalow blends into the neat row of homes lining West Eighth Street in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood.It’s a bright and breezy Saturday, and the glass front ...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:14

Bae Su-ah’s novels to be published in U.S.

Korean author Bae Su-ah’s novel “Cheolsu” will be published in English in the United States next April, LTI Korea announced.“I hope that American readers will be able to discover Bae’s creative a...

Updated : 2014.07.21 19:54

‘Song of the Shank’ celebrates a unique American musician

“Song of the Shank,” Jeffery Renard Allen’s epic and brilliant new novel about slavery and musical genius, is not an easy book to read. There is, for starters, the book’s odd and sometimes confoun...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:19

‘Mockingbird Next Door’ recalls life with Harper Lee

What ever happened to Harper Lee? The Alabama native was 34 when her first novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was published in 1960. This tale of childhood innocence and racial injustice in the Depress...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:18

Novel tells tale of ‘Unknown Americans’

“The Book Of Unknown Americans”Cristina Henriquez (Alfred A. Knopf)A dilapidated cinder-block apartment complex surrounded by a chain-link fence is the setting for Cristina Henriquez’s second nove...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:17

Boys will be boys (and sometimes girls)

AdamBy Ariel Schrag (Mariner)In Ariel Schrag’s audacious coming-of-age novel “Adam,” an inexperienced teenage boy falls in love with a lesbian and tricks her into believing he’s transgender so sh...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:16

[Weekender] Mega stores seek to connect with readers

In an effort to overcome a decline in sales, and the profoundly dwindling public interest in reading, Korea’s two largest book retailers Kyobo Book Center and Yes 24 set out their own unique strategi...

Updated : 2014.07.11 21:21