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Book Review: A bountiful realm of our very own making
Book Review: A bountiful realm of our very own making

Memory Wall Stories Anthony Doerr Scribner: 246 pp., $24 Anthony Doerr opens "Memory Wall," his second volume of short stories, with an epigraph from Surrealist director Luis Buñuel. "You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces," Buñuel declares, "to realize that memory is what makes our lives." For Doerr — author of three previous books and one of 21 writers selected by Granta in 2007 as "Best Young American Novelists" — the idea of memory as the filament from which we weave identity is not a new one; it infuses his 2004 novel, "About Grace," in which the present becomes, for a time, an...

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