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'Children of the Stone' a moving look at music's power in Palestine

A shipping container bound for Palestine holds cargo worth half a million dollars — not military hardware or food aid but musical instruments. This is the gripping material of Sandy Tolan's moving and diligently told new book, "Children of the Stone." Whereas his 2006 book, "The Lemon Tree," told...

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  • The magic is missing in Toni Morrison's 'God Help the Child'
    The magic is missing in Toni Morrison's 'God Help the Child'

    Deep in the center of Toni Morrison's 11th novel, "God Help the Child," there's a section that resonates with the power of the author's finest work. Morrison is telling the story of Booker, a young man shattered by the abduction and murder of his brother, Adam, years before.

  • In 'Spinster,' Kate Bolick explores making a life of her own
    In 'Spinster,' Kate Bolick explores making a life of her own

    In her 20s, writer Kate Bolick fantasized about what she called her spinster wish — her desire to let her interior life flourish and to be driven by her own beliefs and goals, not a shared agenda with a partner. Now in her 40s, Bolick has become an unofficial spokeswoman for never-married modern...

  • Days that live in 'Infamy': U.S. treatment of Japanese in WWII
    Days that live in 'Infamy': U.S. treatment of Japanese in WWII

    "The very fact that no sabotage has taken place to date is a disturbing and confirming indication that such action will be taken," warned Lt. Gen. John DeWitt of the Western Defense Command of the United States Army in a February 1942 memo calling for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to authorize...

  • Jon Krakauer takes on 'Missoula' in timely study of campus rape
    Jon Krakauer takes on 'Missoula' in timely study of campus rape

    Jon Krakauer has made a career of crafting narratives from investigations into destructive impulses. Well known in the United States and abroad as the author of the 1996 bestseller "Into the Wild" — which explored the disturbing circumstances surrounding the death of Chris McCandless, a 24-year-old...

  • '60s and '70s radicals get a fresh look in 'Days of Rage'
    '60s and '70s radicals get a fresh look in 'Days of Rage'

    Once upon a time, as a college senior in autumn 1970, I organized a committee to block a politician from making a campaign appearance on campus and sought support from a not-unsympathetic faculty member: Students were the target de jour, I explained, the candidate was cynically using the university...

  • Novels focus on gritty realism, anger, loss, family dysfunction
    Novels focus on gritty realism, anger, loss, family dysfunction

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