fiction

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Twins with a Nazi doctor

Is it possible for two 12-year-olds to retain their innocence in a place like Auschwitz?

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The political power of a local carrot

A book I'd like my elected officials to read

By some estimates, three quarters of Americans don't really know their next-door neighbor.

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The startling triumph of The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead has created a world as compelling—and as intolerable—as our own.

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Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

Four teenage girls dance their way into friendship and maturity.

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Decent folks next door

Does democracy create good neighbors? Or is it the other way around?

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Novel exegesis

A review of Mary Rakow

The lines between sacred history and contemporary life are wonderfully, miraculously blurred.

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Something Rich and Strange, by Ron Rash

Ron Rash’s stories emerge from the Smoky Mountains, where his protagonists often reach for a mystery beyond their own understanding.