''If you had to criticize one thing about Lorrie Moore — and I don't know why you would, because she's awesome — it might be that her humor and her world-weary sense of the absurd are almost too distinctive.''
Dylan Farrow's open letter in ''The New York Times'' about her father's alleged sexual abuse has reawakened a tragic family drama; how can we make sense of a conflict with so much pain and so few answers?
Sarah Churchwell's Careless People concerns the writing of The Great Gatsby and the cultural and societal forces that inspired its superdrunk author.
PITCH PERFECT Mark Lewisohn's exhaustive biography of the Fab Four is high in page count, but equally high in entertaining anecdotes
REAP WHAT YOU SOW Author Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped is a heartrending memoir about her childhood in Mississippi
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GOOD GRIEF Author Paul Harding revisits the same family from his debut novel Tinkers , exploring the tragedy that befalls the father
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD Author Ivy Pochoda's mystery novel is worth more than a few rides around the block
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