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November 14th, 2019


Behrouz Boochani won Australia's richest literary prize earlier this year — but the asylum-seeker, detained offshore, couldn't accept in person. Now, he has made it to New Zealand with a message.
Author: Colin Dwyer
Posted: November 14, 2019, 5:59 pm
President Trump, we are told in this soon-to-be-published book, has destroyed the guardrails thoughtful people tried to erect around him. Further, he has banished nearly all those thoughtful people.
Author: Ron Elving
Posted: November 14, 2019, 5:47 pm
The literary prize, which honors fiction that tackles tough social issues, has announced a longlist of 16 titles. The nominees for the $35,000 prize include some big names and plenty of debuts.
Author: Colin Dwyer
Posted: November 14, 2019, 4:32 pm
In their new novel, Kacen Callender builds a vast, immersive landscape based on the colonial history of the Caribbean, but it's their morally conflicted heroine who will really hook readers.
Author: Jason Heller
Posted: November 14, 2019, 12:00 pm
We look at what's contained in the book by an anonymous author, who only self-identifies as "a senior official in the Trump administration."
Author: Ron Elving
Posted: November 14, 2019, 10:02 am
In the '70s David Rosenhan and seven "pseudopatients" went undercover in mental health wards. Their resulting article rocked the psychiatric world. But Susannah Cahalan struggled to confirm the facts.
Author: Maureen Corrigan
Posted: November 13, 2019, 5:33 pm
Samuel Shem's 1978 novel, The House of God, was a sardonic look at U.S. medicine through a young doctor's eyes. Shem's new fiction checks in with the same crew in the age of medicine by smartphone.
Author: Mara Gordon
Posted: November 13, 2019, 2:00 pm
Saud Alsanousi's novel follows a group of Kuwaiti kids growing up in the 1980s — then jumps to a near future torn by sectarian violence. It's a resonant book that asks more questions than it answers.
Author: Ilana Masad
Posted: November 13, 2019, 12:00 pm
As "traditional bonds disintegrate in the face of industrialization, urbanization, and secularization, brands and objects become a means to curate and project who we are," writes reporter Adam Minter.
Author: Gabino Iglesias
Posted: November 13, 2019, 10:01 am
Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is out with a new book, Acid for the Children. But the book is not a typical rockstar memoir — it's about his wild childhood in 1970s Hollywood.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 10:20 pm