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On the Books Feb. 16: The widow memoir problem, the MLK comic book, dirtiest old men of literature

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Image Credit: Toni Garriga/epa/CorbisNew York Times critic Janet Maslin questions the sincerity and depth of Joyce Carol Oates’ memoir about spousal loss and negatively compares it to Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. Way harsh, but does Maslin have a point? Discuss.

Sounds like a snoozer to me, but The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report is an unexpected—albeit modest—bestseller.

Graphic retellings of events and famous lives seem to be cropping up everywhere lately, but this vintage comic book about Martin Luther King, Jr. has been making an impact in the unlikeliest of places: Egypt.

We forget how base some of our greatest luminaries were, perhaps because they wrote so beautifully, or maybe because most of them are dead. Check out the top 10 dirty old man-authors.