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Paul Lisicky – The Narrow Door

Paul Lisicky’s second memoir The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship (Graywolf Press) follows two relationships coming to an end: the death of his friend, the novelist Denise Gess, and the dissolution of his marriage to a poet, identified as M. in the book. The memoir weaves these two losses together, exploring friendship, love, loss,

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May 2, 2016

Mark Polanzak – Pop!

In his debut book, Pop! (Stillhouse Press), Mark Polanzak takes several genres off the shelf—novel, short story, literary criticism, memoir—and throws them all together to create a compulsively readable, and altogether original, literary goulash that asks the central question: is there a “right” way to grieve? Polanzak has been pondering this since he was seventeen,

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April 4, 2016

Lee Smith : Dimestore

Over the course of her distinguished career, Lee Smith has shown time and again that narrative is the fuel that powers her, both as a writer and as a person. With her new book, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life (Algonquin Books), Smith has brought her considerable drive for storytelling into the realm of memoir for the

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March 21, 2016

Dog-Eared and Dispatched: January 24, 2016

Dumping snow, possibly South End, Boston Public Library

While the East Coast is being pounded with snow, the entire country should be taking time for tea and reading in solidarity. In this week’s roundup of industry news we see a few common threads: corporate controversy, representation of slavery in literature, big-hitting book deals, and remembering icons who passed. Ready? Set? Read!

January 24, 2016

Sonia Manzano – Becoming Maria

I run to our fourth-floor window, looking out for anything, when I see Uncle Eddie’s car pull up. Out spills his wife, Bon Bon; my uncle Frank; his wife, Iris; and my beautiful mother. She is dressed in a soft-colored yellow dress with pleats down the front that she made herself. My father enters my

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September 14, 2015

“This alertness is what drew me to them.” A conversation with Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick’s SPINSTER: Making a Life of One’s Own (Crown Publishing Group) is a book about women who have challenged the categories they find themselves shunted into—wife, mother, daughter, old maid—and about Bolick’s own attempts to understand the categories bound up in the experience of womanhood, and to question their relevance to her life. SPINSTER

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June 22, 2015

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