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Memoirists weigh in with 'Why We Write About Ourselves'

When Dani Shapiro was writing about her mother in her memoir "Slow Motion," she imagined sending her on a cruise around the world that would last exactly as long it took the book to "pass from public consciousness." Instead, she had a close friend, a parent of a teenager, give the manuscript a...

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  • A Muslim woman struggles with identity in the novel 'The Kindness of Enemies' by Leila Aboulela

    A Muslim woman struggles with identity in the novel 'The Kindness of Enemies' by Leila Aboulela

    Award-winning Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo and raised in Khartoum, Sudan, a place that features prominently throughout her work, along with issues surrounding Muslim culture, religion and assimilation. The daughter of an Egyptian mother and a Sudanese father, Aboulela earned...

  • When citizenship can be bought and sold: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian talks to Sasha Frere-Jones

    When citizenship can be bought and sold: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian talks to Sasha Frere-Jones

    M.I.A.'s single, "Borders," isn't the official theme song for journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian's nonfiction debut, "The Cosmopolites" (Columbia Global Reports: 162 pp., $12.99 paper), but we can pretend it is. In the first verse, M.I.A. asks, "Borders — what's up with that?" "The Cosmopolites"...

  • Dadaab refugee camp, detailed in 'City of Thorns,' is a world ripped from the world

    Dadaab refugee camp, detailed in 'City of Thorns,' is a world ripped from the world

    The residents of the sprawling Dadaab camp in northern Kenya are living paradoxes: nationals of no nation, refugees who in many cases are also natives — born and raised in a state of anguished waiting. This wasn't supposed to happen. When Dadaab was established a quarter of a century ago, it was...

  • 6 book trends for 2016: Look into the future

    6 book trends for 2016: Look into the future

    Come inside the Tardis with me, or incant a few runes by the fire, or maybe just pull a novel off the shelf to see what lies in the future. What will happen in 2016 in books? Here are six trends to look out for. Books are back Print books, that is. In December, Nielsen BookScan reported that 571...

  • Two new Native American histories -- one tragic, one a revelation

    Two new Native American histories -- one tragic, one a revelation

    Taken together, two fresh books on American Indian history show us just how far the field has come. From history as romance ("Tragic Encounters") to history as revelation ("Masters of Empire") these books encompass both the failures and successes of efforts to revisit these stories. Just when you...

  • Noy Holland's novel 'Bird' slips between past and present, lover and life

    Noy Holland's novel 'Bird' slips between past and present, lover and life

    "Bird" is a slim novel, beautifully constructed and emotionally potent, without a word out of place. The book's premise is simple but powerful: Bird, a married mother of two, spends a day at home caring for her family; as she attends to her tame, domestic duties, she remembers and relives the passionate...

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