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Life Imitating Art

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We look at art in context, but what about people?

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ACCURACY OF THE MOMENT: ROXANA ROBINSON with Mariette Kalinowski

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In May, Roxana Robinson met with Mariette Kalinowski to discuss her new novel, Sparta (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013).

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Double Identity

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Beau Riffenburgh loves to dig into dusty archives and uncover the lost stories of fascinating historical characters. He shifts course a bit in his latest book, Pinkerton’s Great Detective, about James McParland, one of the nation’s earliest private agents.

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Potus Page-Turner

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In The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin tackles Teddy through his relationships with Taft, his trusty-aide-turned-successor-turned-political-rival, and the “muckraking” reporters who exposed civil and corporate corruption and helped him push through reform.

The Heart of the Matter

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A few years ago, riding in a taxi with my boss, we fell into conversation about guilty pleasures. “Do you know what Abby’s is?” my coworker piped up. “Ann Patchett.” My boss looked surprised.

Amazon in Exile

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Screw magazine once wrote that “Lynda Schor writes about sex as matter-of-factly as a harried housewife trying to make food stamps stretch at the local A&P.” It’s an ingenious strategy.

Against Fiction

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In December of 1956, Rodolfo Walsh was sitting in a cafe in Buenos Aires playing chess with his friends when he learned that a man who had supposedly been executed was, in fact, alive.

Emptiness Untampered

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Aurelie Sheehan’s Jewelry Box catalogs, in part, the ephemeral treasures associated with love. The book begins its investigation with the eponymous prefatory story about a mother who shows her young daughter the rings and pins she treasures.

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All the Peloton’s Men

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Lance Armstrong’s story has been equal parts inspirational journey and tabloid fodder. After he was publicly shamed as a cheater, his epic collapse culminated in a highly anticipated, tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Except he did not tell all.

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