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The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

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Frankenstorm

In time for its second anniversary, Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst natural disasters in American history, has a pair of new biographies.

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A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

You either let this innovative novel, written in an impressionistic style reflecting a fragmented and damaged psyche, teach you how to read it, or you suffer through what could feel like a migraine in print.

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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.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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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