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Whether it’s a memoir or a novel, for many people, an item on life’s bucket list is to see their name on the cover of a book.

February 2017
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January 2017
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The practice of law is a profession that offers ample rewards and dangerous pitfalls. Lawyers and their clients couldn’t ask for a more useful guide for navigating its often treacherous pathways than the one Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford offer in their book, "The Anxious Lawyer."

December 2016
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Is there a subject more fraught with unnecessary complication and outright misinformation than personal finance? Despite a torrent of articles in popular magazines like Money and innumerable financial websites and even entire networks like CNBC devoted to money matters, Americans’ knowledge of the subject remains abysmal. In a 2016 survey reported on Fortune’s website, nearly two-thirds of more than 27,000 respondents surveyed couldn’t produce at least four correct answers on a simple five question test of financial literacy.

November 2016
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Though it’s the most recent pick of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, Colson Whitehead’s "The Underground Railroad" hardly needs that validation to be pronounced worthy of your reading time. Expect to see this vivid and disturbing novel about the horrors of slavery on many “Best of 2016” lists and competing for major prizes when the year is done.

October 2016
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The last time you opened Safari or Google Chrome to purchase a book on Amazon or checked in on your Facebook or Twitter feed, chances are you weren’t devoting much thought to the underlying ethos of the incorporeal construct that allowed you to execute those tasks. But if you have any curiosity about what it is that makes our digital life so fascinating and so maddening, Virginia Heffernan, in her new book Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, has come along to satisfy it, offering an exciting, at times unsettling, glimpse behind that electronic curtain.

September 2016
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Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman (Warner Books, $14.95, 144 pages, Paperback) Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre (Riverhead Books, $18, 96 pages)

August 2016
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Harvey Freedenberg participated in a meeting of the Midtown Writers Group, a conversation that allowed me to experience the commitment a small group of local writers are willing to make to improve their craft.

July 2016
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If you are at all familiar with the history of the contemporary American short story, you will be well-acquainted with names like Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff and Richard Ford. Sometimes described as “dirty realists,” their terse, often bleak stories focus on the difficult lives of the residents of shabby apartments and trailer parks, people employed at tedious, low-paying jobs, if they’re employed at all. Lucia Berlin, who died in 2004, mined that same territory for her gritty stories, but her work, published mostly in limited-circulation literary magazines during her lifetime, was appreciated by only a small fraction of the audience of her better-known male contemporaries.

June 2016
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Any novelist who decides to write about a subject that’s the stuff of daily newspaper headlines faces a daunting challenge: how to tell a plausible story that isn’t quickly overtaken by tomorrow’s events. That’s the task Jennifer Haigh has posed for herself in her fifth novel, Heat and Light, the story of a small Western Pennsylvania town’s encounter with the Marcellus Shale boom.

May 2016
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