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Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

What was lost during the endless battles over abortion, Katha Pollitt writes in her new book, was not only the right to abortion, but a larger feminist claim for sexual freedom, economic equality and social independence.

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Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

A new biography of Tennessee Williams is almost as much a biography of the plays as of the playwright, letting the life illuminate the work and the work illuminate the life.

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The Logbooks

Journalist Anne Farrow has written a profoundly personal reflection on historical memory, based on her discovery of Atlantic slave trade logbooks, and on her mother’s painful descent into dementia.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul

A fascinating new book about the Afghan subculture of “bacha posh,” in which families without boys designate their young daughters to live as honorary sons.

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A Chronicle of Echoes

Teaching in the American public school system, in another 10 years, could be reduced to a temp job or a micromanaged performance scripted by corporations. Who are the people behind this implosion?

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On the Run

The result of six years of intensive fieldwork, “On the Run” examines the precarious lives of men who are in and out of prison, and the devastating effects on already impoverished urban communities.

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

This novel, nominated for the Man Booker Prize, examines a group of Australian POWs during WWII as individuals, and their efforts to cling to the trappings of civilization no matter how slight or futile.

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The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs

Author Greil Marcus doesn’t explain these 10 songs (including one sung by Amy Winehouse, shown) or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.

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American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

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Hell Before Breakfast

Before Twitter, Skype, the Web, before even TV, there was still news. And sometimes powerful reporting needs no technology, just words.

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