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"Bright Precious Thing" by Gail Caldwell; Random House (208 pages, $27) more
MINNEAPOLIS — When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Geri Chavis knew what would help soothe her soul and those of the people she loves: Poems. more
A dead man is the central character in Joyce Carol Oates' timely, monumental new novel "Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.," whose title echoes a gut-punching Walt Whitman poem. more
We still can't travel much these days, but here's a ray of hope: Your neighborhood bookstore is probably open for curbside service. more
Time for a paperback roundup! Here are six potentially intoxicating reads — and, did you know your local indie bookstore is quite possibly open for curbside service? more
The cartoonish names of the main characters (Serenata Terpsichore, Remington Alabaster, Bambi Buffer) in Lionel Shriver's new novel are the first clues that the book is satire. more
It's an annual tradition for Bill Gates — Microsoft co-founder, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and avid reader — to release a summer reading list in May. more
Jane Austen was most ungenerous to Mary Bennet. more
Here comes the "Midnight Sun." more
Legend at Lanana Creek is long-awaited sequel to the 2007 novella, Legend Upon the Cane. It is scheduled for release on January 7, 2020. more
Fans of Florida author Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series might not think of Ford's fictional world as a setting for books for kids. more
Running out of books yet? Is such a thing possible? more
It looks like the protective measures of social distancing are going to last longer than it will take an average reader to get through a single book. more
Rachel Colby's choice for a recent Sunday night movie was hardly the sort of escapism that many people seek in times of crisis. more
Family stressed about the coronavirus crisis? Harry Potter is here to save the day. more
A man who knows the road well enough can learn to travel in place. And that can come handy when the road, or the places along it, are denied him by pandemic or the cussed realities of age. more
Need something good to read? Of course you do. Six new paperbacks, coming right up. more
Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, a middle-grade novelist who lives in Ellington, wanted to write a story whose heroine is an 11-year-old Afghan refugee living in New England. more
          "Murder Off the Page'" by Con Lehane; Minotaur (323 pages, $26.99) ——— The 42nd Street Library in New York City is an iconic … more
What to read while you're self-isolating to avoid the coronavirus? How about books about all the various plagues humankind has survived before? more
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