slate book review
slate book review
Slate Book Review
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July 5 2015 8:46 PMThe Unexpected Lightness of Milan Kundera’s New NovelThe 86-year-old author has grown surprisingly—and delightfully—cheerful.
The Audio Book Club
June 5 2015 11:28 AMThe Audio Book Club Squints at All the Light We Cannot SeeSlate critics debate Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II novel.
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June 5 2015 11:22 AMWhose Fault?Owen Sheers’ new novel spins a disquieting web of complicity, guilt, and blame.
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June 4 2015 9:30 AMAziz Is Typing …The sly, sweet wisdom of the comedian’s manual for dating in the digital age.
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June 2 2015 10:06 AMWhy So Poky?The scourge of terrible canonical children’s books. 
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June 1 2015 12:28 PMThe Fame MonsterCatie Disabato’s The Ghost Network perfectly nails the relationship between pop culture and American youth.
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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.
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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.
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May 8 2015 10:15 AMAn Everyday TranscendenceThe illuminations in Tracy K. Smith’s memoir Ordinary Light are deceptively simple.
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May 7 2015 11:30 AMThe Discreet Charm of the PaperieA quirky history of pens, notebooks, tape, paper clips, and highlighters.
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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.
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May 4 2015 10:08 AM“And People?”Picture books that explain death to children.
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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.
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April 10 2015 11:18 AMThe Audio Book Club Learns How to Be BothSlate critics debate Ali Smith’s double helix of a novel.
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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.
Family
June 18 2015 10:00 AMSneaking OutThe night my dad told me he was glad to have a kid like me.
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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.
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June 4 2015 2:05 PMIn the Tower of the DragonNaomi Novik’s engrossing fantasy Uprooted expertly mixes Katniss Everdeen and Jane Eyre.
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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.
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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.
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June 1 2015 8:40 AMGroundedMargaret Lazarus Dean mourns the loss of the space shuttle, NASA’s 40-year embarrassment.
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May 8 2015 12:26 PMSavage LoveShirley Jackson’s books about family life are the urtext of every parenting story you’ve ever heard.  
The Audio Book Club
May 8 2015 10:58 AMThe Audio Book Club Flies With H Is for HawkSlate critics debate Helen MacDonald’s shape-shifting grief memoir.
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May 7 2015 2:45 PMComing HomeAn understated and lovely comic about a Londoner’s return to Japan.
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May 6 2015 3:12 PMSelf-PublishingKim Kardashian just wants to be seen. This 445-page book of selfies might be her masterpiece.
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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.
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May 4 2015 8:54 AMLosing Control of the LanguageKathy Acker’s chronicle of a crush foretold.
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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.
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April 9 2015 12:47 PMHenshinThe artist behind the great I Kill Giants releases his own book of stories. 
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April 9 2015 10:30 AMUnhappy FamiliesHausfrau makes the plight of the wife and mother in contemporary fiction seem sadder than ever.

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