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"Most people, ordinary citizens, regard Major League Baseball with a reverence bordering on foolishness. They believe an institution so old and storied must be honest at its core. Even after the '94 strike, even after steroids, they continue to believe. Baseball is the drunken uncle America keeps inviting back to Thanksgiving, even though we know he's going to...
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Fannie Hurst's best-selling novel and the basis of 1941 film starring Charles Boyer & Margaret Sullavan, and the 1961 remake starring Susan Hayward & John Gavin...

“One evening in one of those Over-the-Rhine cafes which were plentiful along Vine Street of the Cincinnati of the nineties, a traveling salesman leaned across his stein of Moerlein's Extra Light and openly accused Ray Schmidt of...
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A new novel from the screenwriter of "Little Man Tate," "Get Shorty" and "Marley & Me"...

"Five days after the quake, Roy Cooper boarded USAir flight 626, LGA to LAX, to pay a visit to a man named Martin Shine who had been, according to Harvey’s brief message earlier that morning, 'hiding out with his Armenian whore somewhere in North Hollywood'.”
--from SHAKER: A Thriller by Scott...
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A New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews, and Electric Literature Best Book of the Year.

“It is always better to clear the air, even if the air often stinks.”
―from HIGH DIVE: A Novel by Jonathan Lee

In the fall of 1984, the Grand Hotel in the seaside town of Brighton, England, became ground zero for the attempted assassination of Margaret Thatcher....
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A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Mystery of 2016, Now in Paperback...

“There was no disguise for real love, she thought, and suddenly understood all that she did not have.”
―from ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR by Elizabeth Brundage

Late one winter afternoon in the small town of Chosen, New York, professor George Clare knocks on his neighbor’s door with terrible news: he returned from work to find...
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Thomas Lanier Williams III died in New York City on this day in 1983 (aged 71).

“If you’re a writer, you write. If you don’t, you’re dead. You have no home, no reason to be offered a seat at any table, and no reason to live.”
― Tennessee Williams quoted in Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom

This remarkably illuminating portrait of Tennessee Williams...
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On this day in 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout.

"MacDonald did not expect Liston to get into a verbal war with Clay before the fight. Liston had become so accustomed to hearing about himself as the indomitable champion, a seven-to-one favorite at the minimum, that he trained...
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"Some people believe film critics are cold-blooded. Whereas many audiences hope to come away from a movie shaking with fear, helpless in mirth, or simply bursting with happiness, a critic sneaks away from the show, a little hunched, with a secretive smile on his face. It’s almost as if the film were a bomb, or a bombe, an artful explosion, and the critic was a secret agent who had planted it...
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"Did he understand the psychological wounds or the economic costs of segregation? And how could he rationally or morally associate a whites-only admissions policy with liberalism or social progress?"
--from THE FIREBRAND AND THE FIRST LADY: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott

A finalist for the Andrew Carnegie...
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“Happiness is a pretty precarious state, Randeep. I'm content. That's more than enough. That's more than most.”
―from THE YEAR OF RUNAWAYS by Sunjeev Sahota

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Book humor via Roz Chast
Named a 2011 Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Seattle Times, The Kansas City Star, and Philadelphia City Paper...

“Occasionally, the light seemed to arrive from a distinct direction, like the sun slanting through a gap in a curtain, but often it simply infused whatever aches or traumas afflicted people. At such times, it had the appearance of a strange luminescent paint layered directly over...
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“Reading has always been like breathing for me, necessary for existing and thinking. But recently, I find, as I try to make it through the pages, my mind keeps wandering to my phone. What's happening there? What am I missing?”
―from AMERICAN GIRLS: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales

Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in...
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Short story master Andre Dubus died in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on this day in 1999 (aged 62).

“I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.”
― Andre Dubus
"For me love is like this: you're in one room or apartment which you think is fine, then you walk through a door and close it behind you and find yourself in the next apartment, which is even better, larger, more floorspace, a better view. You're happy there and then you go into the next apartment and close the door and this one is even better. And the sequence continues, but with the odd...
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"'We don't forgive people because they deserve it,' she said. 'We forgive them because we deserve it.'" -- from EVERYBODY'S FOOL by Richard Russo

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The English translation (by H. M. Parshley) of Simone de Beauvoir's THE SECOND SEX was first published by Alfred A. Knopf on this day in 1953. The book was published in Paris in 1949.

“All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.”
—from THE SECOND SEX

Simone de Beauvoir’s essential masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a revolutionary...
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“We began our prerace rituals as the rising wind turned the bay from placid green Jell-O to corrugated iron.”
—from BEFORE THE WIND by Jim Lynch

The Johannssens are a sailing family: adventurous, fanatical, and, for now, a complete and total mess. Ruby, a prodigiously talented skipper, has taken off for Africa. Bernard is god-knows-where at sea. And at thirty-one years...
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"Reading “A Very Expensive Poison” is a sobering experience. Alexander Litvinenko’s gruesome death proved the point to which he had devoted his life: that the man who controls the Kremlin machine will stop at nothing to silence those who expose his machinations. Presidents who sup with Vladimir Putin should bring a very long spoon indeed."
-- The Wall Street Journal (2/23/17)

Liquidating Putin’s Opposition

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