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  • Fuminori Nakamura's 'Last Winter, We Parted' blurs reality, invention
    Fuminori Nakamura's 'Last Winter, We Parted' blurs reality, invention

    "Last Winter, We Parted," the third novel by Japan's Fuminori Nakamura to appear in English, is crime fiction that pushes past the bounds of genre, occupying its own nightmare realm.

  • Images move, evaporate in Killarney Clary's 'Shadow of a Cloud'
    Images move, evaporate in Killarney Clary's 'Shadow of a Cloud'

    Twenty-five years ago, Killarney Clary's first collection made an international splash: The prose poems of "Who Whispered Near Me" wove evanescent description of Clary's native Los Angeles, from her childhood's backyards to her office mates' cubicles, together with...

  • Jonathan Eig's 'Birth of the Pill' a deft study of revolution
    Jonathan Eig's 'Birth of the Pill' a deft study of revolution

    The most transformative technology to affect the lives of women in the 20th century might seem an odd subject for Jonathan Eig, the bestselling author known for his books about the lives of notables such as Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig and Al Capone.

  • Norman Lear's memoir looks back at family and 'Family'
    Norman Lear's memoir looks back at family and 'Family'

    At 92, Norman Lear belongs to a world-tilting generation of writers that, these days, he has almost all to himself. Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and not many others remain from the great westward migration of talent that began after Sept. 4, 1951, when the first transcontinental coaxial cable...

  • Leon Panetta's 'Worthy Fights' critiques Obama's policies
    Leon Panetta's 'Worthy Fights' critiques Obama's policies

    As a young Republican in 1969, Leon Panetta joined the Nixon administration as the director of the Office of Civil Rights. Panetta worked to integrate Southern schools, but after discovering that Richard Nixon's White House was trying to delay integration, Panetta resigned. He wrote a...

  • Darcey Steinke's 'Sister Golden Hair' a winning tale of girlhood
    Darcey Steinke's 'Sister Golden Hair' a winning tale of girlhood

    Darcey Steinke has published five novels and a memoir in the last 25 years (her first book came out in 1989 when she was 27). For all her apparent productivity, Steinke has been relatively quiet in recent years: It has been nearly a decade since her last novel, "Milk," and seven years...

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