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Text on the Beach: Great Summer Reads
Beach books are the cool aunts of the literary world: They drive with the top down and take you to new places. They’re memorable, challenging, warm and wise.
Why Do Women Love True Crime?
Men are more likely to be involved in violent crime — as perpetrators and victims — but women love to read about it. Kate Tuttle considers the gendered attractions of the genre.
What Children Remember From the War
Svetlana Alexievich’s newly translated oral history, “Last Witnesses,” presents the recollections of Russians who experienced World War II as children.
The Life Cycle of a Beach Read
The cover is clean and brand-new, the pages are crisp — and then your vacation begins. Jessica Olien illustrates the path to the dog-eared and waterlogged.
Beware the Writer as Houseguest
Literary history is filled with authors who depended on lengthy visits for room and board, psychological solace and material. But they have not always proved the most gracious guests.
A Reckoning With the Wars He Has Known
In his memoir, “Places and Names,” the Marine veteran Elliot Ackerman travels to Syria and sees a refracted image of the forever wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.