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Slate Book Review
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March 18 2016 9:04 AMThe Borrowed Light of the RealJoyce Maynard’s novel fails to make art from life.
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March 17 2016 9:00 AMKaren Hall’s RewritesA thriller writer gets a second chance to revise her novel 20 years after it first came out. Did she make it better?
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March 10 2016 12:32 PMThis Land Was Made for You and MeNick Hayes’ cartoon portrait of Woody Guthrie reimagines the familiar image of the Dust Bowl.
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March 10 2016 7:15 AMThe Time Traveler’s WifeDaniel Clowes’ remarkable new comic sends a husband back in time to avert his beloved’s death.
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March 9 2016 3:07 PM“This Child Will Bring Me a Terrible Sorrow”A devastating memoir by Sue Klebold, mother of one of the Columbine shooters, explains what it’s like to live with guilt of “what if.”
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March 8 2016 11:19 AMInto That Good Night A fascinating new book explores what it really means to have a “good death”—and how America is doing end-of-life care wrong.
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March 7 2016 10:52 AMThe Wilder Women The publication of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s letters reveal more about the collaboration—and the politics—of Laura and her daughter Rose.
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Feb. 5 2016 3:01 PMWhat a CharacterThe fragile, young savant in Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut novel joins the ranks of our best child protagonists.
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Feb. 4 2016 1:38 PM“I Would Never Forgive Myself if I Let the Book Go Out”Alexander Chee on why, three years ago, he withdrew his novel The Queen of the Night just before publication.
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Feb. 4 2016 8:00 AMA Conversation With The New York Times’ A.O. ScottOn the purpose of film criticism, the academy’s diversity problem, and why Leo DiCaprio shouldn’t get an Oscar for 2.5 hours of grunting.
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Feb. 3 2016 10:00 AMTextual HazardsRachel Cantor’s second novel examines a navel-gazing translator’s crumbling personal life. 
Culturebox
Feb. 2 2016 9:30 AMThe Curious Case of the Self-Loathing Lit-Fic Book TrailerThe art of self-deprecation meets the business of publishing.
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Jan. 31 2016 8:31 PMThe Critic as ArtistA.O. Scott defends criticism—but against whom?
The Audio Book Club
Jan. 14 2016 8:07 AMThe Audio Book Club PurifiesSlate critics debate Jonathan Franzen’s sprawling new novel.
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Jan. 8 2016 1:58 PMDare to DisappointOzge Samanci’s charming cartoon memoir of a regimented—yet still often surprising—childhood in Turkey.
Outward
March 17 2016 12:33 PMLesbian Authors Have Typically Been Excluded From Mainstream Success. Can Sarah Schulman Change That?
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March 10 2016 2:59 PMThe Cartoonist Studio Prize: The ShortlistsThe best print and Web comics of the year, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
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March 10 2016 9:28 AMLife in HellMark Beyer’s weird, wonderful 1987 comic Agony returns to print.
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March 9 2016 3:30 PMHow to Fight LonelinessRead Olivia Laing’s lyrical, wise The Lonely City.
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March 9 2016 1:02 PMLovecraft’s Black MonstersA thrilling novella digs into the racism embedded in the horror master’s work.
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March 7 2016 10:56 AMDana Spiotta’s PerpetratorsInnocents and Others, a novel of ideas that also feels pain and hope.
Culturebox
Feb. 17 2016 3:56 PMThe Shadowhunters vs. the Dark-HuntersA lawsuit between two best-selling authors involves fantasy, romance, charges of plagiarism, and fan fiction gone mainstream.
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Feb. 5 2016 8:59 AM“I’m Not an Animal Anymore”Han Kang’s mystifying, ecstatic The Vegetarian.
The Audio Book Club
Feb. 4 2016 9:38 AMThe Audio Book Club Travels to (Lucia) BerlinSlate critics debate the underrated author’s collected stories. 
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Feb. 3 2016 1:04 PMA Comic for Readers Who Like to SquirmNick Drnaso’s unsettling book of short stories Beverly.
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Feb. 2 2016 10:45 AMIndistinguishable From Magic In its third decade, Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series explores the magic of systems and words.
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Feb. 1 2016 9:34 AMTransformersA 19th-century opera star must face the person she once was in Alexander Chee’s novel.
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Jan. 21 2016 5:50 PMThe Vindicated ParentsA history of autism hints at why the vaccination scare has taken hold so firmly.
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Jan. 13 2016 5:15 AMLadies of LeisureThe resurgence of the housewife novel.
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Jan. 8 2016 10:42 AMThe End of the StoryDiana Athill, Roger Angell, and Ann Burack-Weiss on old age.

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