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‘Your Face in Mine’ a bold take on race, identity by Jess Row

Late in his novel “Your Face in Mine,” Jess Row cites a parable attributed to Zhuangzi, a Chinese philosopher from the fourth century BC. “Zhuangzi awoke from dreaming that he was a butterfly,” he...

Updated : 2014.08.21 19:59

‘Deep’ goes below the surface of the ocean

I grew up within sight of the ocean, close enough to hear the boom of the surf as it exploded across the sandbars. My grandfather pulled his living from the ocean, and a great uncle died in it. I spen...

Updated : 2014.08.21 19:58

‘All Our Names’ tells tale of exile, loss

All Our NamesBy Dinaw Mengestu (Knopf)At first glance, “All Our Names” seems to be a straightforward immigrant story. A young man, carrying the name of Isaac on his passport, has come from Uganda t...

Updated : 2014.08.21 19:57

‘Remember Me Like This’ evokes powerful sense of place, family

Remember Me Like ThisBy Bret Anthony Johnston (Random House) A page-turner of a plot alone usually is not enough to keep me reading long into the night, abandoning my dreams for a writer’s creative...

Updated : 2014.08.21 19:57

Amy Bloom’s ‘Lucky Us’ leaves little to care about

“There is no such thing as a good writer and a bad liar,” Amy Bloom wrote in her 1999 short story “The Story,” which remains my favorite of all her work. It’s a vivid bit of double vision, Bloom ...

Updated : 2014.08.14 21:05

Book artist probes act, art of reading

Peter Mendelsund’s “What We See When We Read” may be the liveliest, most entertaining and best illustrated work of phenomenology you’ll pick up this year.An acclaimed book-jacket designer and art ...

Updated : 2014.08.14 21:04

Ted Hope tells of indie filmmaking

Hope for Film: From the Frontlines of the Independent Cinema RevolutionsBy Ted Hope with Anthony Kaufman (Soft Skull)Ted Hope’s new book “Hope for Film” is part memoir, part manual, part manifesto...

Updated : 2014.08.14 21:03

Murakami recounts pilgrim’s progress

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageBy Haruki Murakami (Alfred A. Knopf)When the bottom falls out of your life, you can’t always figure out what the hell happened. You just have to g...

Updated : 2014.08.14 21:03

Jo Jung-rae wins first Simhun Literary Award

Jo Jung-rae, the author of popular history saga “Taebaek Mountain Range,” has been chosen as the recipient of the first Simhun Literary Award, the organizers of the award said Tuesday. The 70-years-...

Updated : 2014.08.12 20:45

Startling novel urges Abe to apologize

With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushing agendas of nationalism and historical revisionism, Japan and South Korea’s ties are at their lowest ebb in decades with no immediate signs of a thaw. K...

Updated : 2014.08.07 20:49

‘Nixon Defense’ by John Dean takes a fresh look at Watergate

“My voice on the Nixon tapes is really very clear and very good,” says John Dean, adjusting the microphone recording him on a summer day. Aug. 9 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard M. Ni...

Updated : 2014.08.07 20:44

Brando biography goes below the surface

Susan L. Mizruchi was 12 and living in upstate New York when she turned on the TV one day and watched Marlon Brando playing Fletcher Christian in the 1962 version of the seafaring tale “Mutiny on the...

Updated : 2014.08.07 20:44

‘The Magician’s Land’ an enchanting end to fantasy series

The Magician’s LandBy Lev Grossman (Viking)All lovers of Lev Grossman’s first two books of The Magicians trilogy: This is the end, beautiful friend. So remember which pocket the magic button’s in,...

Updated : 2014.08.07 20:43

‘The String Diaries’ is a psychologically rich horror

The String DiariesBy Stephen Lloyd Jones (Mulholland Books)If there’s one thing I hate as a critic, it’s dancing around the possibility of giving too much away in a review. Spoilers are called that...

Updated : 2014.08.07 20:43

Children’s musical rethinks disabilities

Giraffes capture the imagination as majestic creatures towering over the African savannah with elongated necks suitable for reaching high branches. But what would life be like for a giraffe born with ...

Updated : 2014.08.03 20:52