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Summer reading guide: The 136 books you'll want to read

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Summer reading guide: The 136 books you'll want to read

Another summer, another chance to draw up the perfect reading list to see you through those languid, sun-drenched days. Whether you’re stretched out by the pool or nestled in a coffee shop, clutching a hardcover, paperback or e-book, we’ve got more than enough titles to keep you reading through...

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  • 'The Meursault Investigation' re-imagines Camus' 'Stranger'

    'The Meursault Investigation' re-imagines Camus' 'Stranger'

    Give Kamel Daoud credit for audacity. In his debut novel, "The Meursault Investigation," the Algerian journalist goes head-to-head with a pillar of 20th century literature: Albert Camus' existential masterpiece "The Stranger."

  • Magnus Mills' 'Maintenance of Headway' a satire of bureaucracy

    Magnus Mills' 'Maintenance of Headway' a satire of bureaucracy

    Partway through Magnus Mills' "The Maintenance of Headway," the narrator, a bus driver in a city that must be London, is stuck on a crowded road behind a truck with a warning reading, "If you can't see my mirrors I can't see you." Bored and frustrated, the driver starts to frame a song. "If you...

  • Nell Zink's comic 'Mislaid' is quick-paced, problematic

    Nell Zink's comic 'Mislaid' is quick-paced, problematic

    Mislaid, misnamed, misconstrued — all of these terms could describe Nell Zink's exuberant but problematic second novel, a comedy of manners and errors about sexuality, race and class in the American South.

  • 'Leaving Orbit' cheers spaceflight's feats, mourns its fading

    'Leaving Orbit' cheers spaceflight's feats, mourns its fading

    In 1969, the moon landing brought together a nation, millions slack-jawed in the glow of their televisions. In 1986, the explosion of the Challenger became a defining moment for a generation of schoolchildren. But how many of us remember the blastoff of Atlantis in 2011 — the final flight of NASA's...

  • 'Rise of the Robots' and the threat of a jobless future

    'Rise of the Robots' and the threat of a jobless future

    The prospect of machines stealing our jobs has perturbed and enraged humans for at least 200 years. The Luddites hit the alarm bell, and not without reason: The automation of weaving and spinning technology displaced an entire class of skilled artisans. But ever since, economists and historians...

  • Jillian Lauren's new memoir captures the joys and sorrows of adoption

    Jillian Lauren's new memoir captures the joys and sorrows of adoption

    "To be so unwanted and so wanted at the same time can cause a fault line in you," writes Jillian Lauren of her own experience of being adopted in her superb memoir, "Everything I Ever Wanted." Lauren, whose bestselling 2010 book, "Some Girls," chronicles her time in a harem, tracks a very different...

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