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The Audio Book Club Squints at All the Light We Cannot See

Slate critics debate Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II novel.

June 5 2015 11:23 AMA Forest in Which to Grow FanciesThe first volume of B. Catling’s epic fantastical trilogy isn’t about a forest, or Africa, or monsters, exactly.
June 4 2015 2:05 PMIn the Tower of the DragonNaomi Novik’s engrossing fantasy Uprooted expertly mixes Katniss Everdeen and Jane Eyre.
June 3 2015 12:05 PMFriedrich Nietzsche, Get Out of This Boat!The entertaining and erudite Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy takes readers down the river of modern thought.
June 2 2015 6:00 AMFailure to Compare At first glance, poets Claudia Emerson and Philip Metres have nothing to say to each other. Maybe that’s the point.
June 1 2015 8:40 AMGroundedMargaret Lazarus Dean mourns the loss of the space shuttle, NASA’s 40-year embarrassment.
May 8 2015 12:26 PMSavage LoveShirley Jackson’s books about family life are the urtext of every parenting story you’ve ever heard.  
May 8 2015 10:15 AMAn Everyday TranscendenceThe illuminations in Tracy K. Smith’s memoir Ordinary Light are deceptively simple.
May 7 2015 11:30 AMThe Discreet Charm of the PaperieA quirky history of pens, notebooks, tape, paper clips, and highlighters.
May 5 2015 11:16 AMWerner Herzog Takes a WalkIn the dead of winter, 1974, the director hiked from Munich to a friend’s deathbed in Paris.
May 4 2015 10:08 AM“And People?”Picture books that explain death to children.
April 10 2015 2:15 PMThe Winners of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe book and Web comic that win our annual comics award both dwell on time, memory, and the far future.
April 9 2015 12:47 PMHenshinThe artist behind the great I Kill Giants releases his own book of stories. 
April 9 2015 10:30 AMUnhappy FamiliesHausfrau makes the plight of the wife and mother in contemporary fiction seem sadder than ever.
April 8 2015 2:44 PMThe CorrectionsA delightful memoir by a New Yorker copy editor.
April 7 2015 10:58 AMJustice DeniedWhy do we still tolerate the Supreme Court?
June 5 2015 11:22 AMWhose Fault?Owen Sheers’ new novel spins a disquieting web of complicity, guilt, and blame.
June 4 2015 9:30 AMAziz Is Typing …The sly, sweet wisdom of the comedian’s manual for dating in the digital age.
June 2 2015 10:06 AMWhy So Poky?The scourge of terrible canonical children’s books. 
June 1 2015 12:28 PMThe Fame MonsterCatie Disabato’s The Ghost Network perfectly nails the relationship between pop culture and American youth.
May 20 2015 11:00 AMSlate Voice: “ ‘And People?’ ”Listen to Gabe Roth read aloud about the picture book that taught his 3-year-old about death.
May 8 2015 11:35 AMAfter Life After LifeKate Atkinson writes a brilliant follow-up to her brilliant novel, focusing on Teddy, the RAF pilot and brother of the previous book’s heroine.
May 7 2015 2:45 PMComing HomeAn understated and lovely comic about a Londoner’s return to Japan.
May 6 2015 3:12 PMSelf-PublishingKim Kardashian just wants to be seen. This 445-page book of selfies might be her masterpiece.
May 5 2015 10:29 AMJoshua Levin Is a Gangly NebbishI wish I didn’t identify quite so much with the protagonist of Aleksandar Hemon’s new novel.
May 4 2015 8:54 AMLosing Control of the LanguageKathy Acker’s chronicle of a crush foretold.
April 10 2015 1:04 PMInto the Empty RegionsClive James’ valedictory book of poetry criticism wrestles with how art is long, but life is short.
April 9 2015 11:36 AMThe Civil War After the Civil WarHow the military occupation of the former Confederacy helped strong-arm the South into line.
April 9 2015 3:09 AMMarry by 30Kate Bolick’s Spinster is billed as a progress report for women—but it’s exactly the opposite. 
April 7 2015 12:19 PM“They Didn’t Know Anything”It’s in its dissonances, its contradictions, that Philip Glass’ memoir finds its form.
April 7 2015 9:30 AMThe Exoskeleton and the BluesStructural amazements are buoyed by inner music in Terrance Hayes’ How to Be Drawn.

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