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<p>Colm Tóibín discusses his deeply personal story of a provincial Irishwoman who sets aside motherhood to grapple with grief. </p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>What is a Splash state? Poet Todd Colby tells us a splash state is the golden moment when his writing hits its ecstatic stride. </p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Hilton Als' first book in 14 years is a series of essays that defy easy categorization. His "white girls" are neither necessarily girls nor white?.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Iranian author Goli Taraghi's recent collection translates many of her short stories of the past forty years into English for the first time.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Bookworm is joined by Marilynne Robinson to discuss Lila ( Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), the latest in a series of novels set in the backdrop of the dustbowl years. </p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Acclaimed novelist Martin Amis returns to discuss The Zone of Interest, a mordant exploration of love in a place that is meant  to crush the soul in a concentration camp. </p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>A conversation about the artist Jess and poet Robert Duncan who were the center of an underground art scene in San Francisco.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Originally from Beijing, Yiyun Li thought she would be a scientist. Writing in her non-native English, she addresses the emotional brutality of our time.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>What makes a good kid?s book?</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Ben Lerner is a novelist/poet who writes about the way we live now, which is not the way we used to live.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>The title of Waters? new novel is a euphemism for ?lodgers,? here used by the protagonist?s family to mask the shame of taking on tenants following WWII.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Darnielle titled his novel after a back-masked message in Larry Norman?s song ?Six Sixty Six.? He reflects on our desire to locate meaning where there might be none.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Unlike Coe?s other comedic novels, here the humor has a nostalgic feel, reminiscent of 1950s British films like Hitchcock?s <em>The Lady Vanishes</em>.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Mitchell?s new novel follows his protagonist from 1984-2040; he reflects on mortality in a world that doesn?t much smile upon the aging process.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>This is the third in a trilogy of graphic novels by Burns in which the seemingly normal happenings of his protagonist Doug's life take an unsettling Freudian turn.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Landis? novel, a series of chronological short-stories, follows the lives of three vulnerable, precocious girls as they pass through adolescence in 1970s New York.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Flanagan?s Booker-nominated novel, titled after a travelogue written by 17<sup>th</sup> century Japanese poet Basho, follows the building of the Burma-Siam Railway during WWII.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Our discussion of this anthology, written by incarcerated men and women, divides between the shocking realism of the stories and Oates? experience as editor of the collection.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Antrim?s collection of stories stems from his own experience with psychosis; we all have our turn in the barrel, he notes, and sometimes you're really turned upside down.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>What exactly made <em>Ulysses</em> so dangerous? Like an eye into the future, this difficult, all-consuming book still seems radical almost a century after its publication.</p><div class="feedflare">
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