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Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work

I just finished reading Jason Brown's collection of short stories, Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work, David Bornstein's How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, and Daniel Stashower's The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder. -Sherry Saturno, interviews editor

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

James Warner: I just read The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, and Christine Falls by John Banville (writing under a mysterious pseudonym). I'm now engrossed in Mark Helprin's Refiner's Fire--not very close to me politically, that guy, but I can forgive anything of someone who writes that kind of prose.-James Warner, assistant fiction editor


This month I'm reading Shortcomings by Adrien Tomine, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman, and Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison.-Stephanie Johnson, copyeditor

A Civil Action

I just finished A Civil Action by Jonathon Harr, a masterly piece of research, reporting, and narrative. I recently picked up Among the Thugs by Bill Buford at a tiny used bookstore. Last I night finished Marilynne Robinson's "The Waste Land," a sharp, short piece published in an early issue of Granta and reprinted in …

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Lee Miller: A Life

My big project lately has been another fascinating lady bio, Carolyn Burke's Lee Miller: A Life. Earlier this month I was introduced to Kate Christensen by randomly coming across her novel, The Epicure's Lament, in the library. Its protagonist, a wry hedonist suddenly forced into family-life, has stayed with me in a very pleasant way, …

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