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A Penobscot novelist wonders what it means to be Native in 'soulful' family drama 'Fire Exit'

FICTION: Morgan Talty's exquisite novel delivers on the promise of his prize-winning debut.
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Stretching from WW II to the present, Claire Messud's new novel is a 'masterpiece'

FICTION: Sweeping, autobiographical "This Strange Eventful History" is textured and revelatory.
About 170 Samoyeds were removed from a breeding facility on the Minnesota-Iowa border.

Looking at the historic bonds of animals and humans in 'Our Kindred Creatures'

NONFICTION: "Our Kindred Creatures" vividly re-creates the rise and spread of the ASPCA.
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New book looks at the 'Native Nations' that called this land home before colonists arrived

NONFICTION: A single-volume history of Indigenous nations is both majestic in scope and intimate in tone.
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Cheeky humor enlivens 'Wild Houses,' a tale of desperate Irish gangsters

FICTION: Colin Barrett's wondrous first novel delivers on the promise of his acclaimed short fiction.
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'Until August' is the final novel from one of the all-time greats

FICTION: Gabriel García Márquez's final novella is short but as fully realized as his masterworks.
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Before upcoming Walker exhibit, biography 'Radiant' shows Keith Haring was a charmer and tyrant

NONFICTION: Brad Gooch's biography illuminates an iconoclastic life devoted to art.
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Review: 'Lost & Found,' by Kathryn Schulz

A sublime, erudite memoir explores the connection between grief and love.
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Review: 'The Dawn of Everything,' by David Graeber and David Wengrow

"The Dawn of Everything" is a vibrant if uneven survey of inequity through the ages.
Alex Danchev

Review: 'Magritte: A Life,' by Alex Danchev

A superb new biography illuminates the life and art of a leading Surrealist.
50+  essential books for your winter reading and holiday shopping lists

50+ essential books for your winter reading and holiday shopping lists

Page-turners that will make you laugh, cry, reflect and escape when the weather outside is frightening.
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Review: 'Liberty Is Sweet,' by Woody Holton

A prize-winning historian broadens and enriches our understanding of the American Revolution.
Gary Shteyngart

Review: 'Our Country Friends,' by Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart's rollicking, playful new novel skewers the mores of cultural elites during a pandemic shutdown.

Review: 'Harlem Shuffle,' by Colson Whitehead

FICTION: Colson Whitehead's enthralling, evocative new novel transforms a petty heist into a resonant exploration of race and class.

Review: 'Late City,' by Robert Olen Butler

FICTION: A Pulitzer Prize winner returns with a robust if uneven novel that encapsulates the American Century.

Review: 'Skinship,' by Yoon Choi

FICTION: A debut collection centered on myriad facets of the Korean-American experience.

Review: 'The Plague Year,' by Lawrence Wright

NONFICTION: A master of literary journalism explores the COVID-19 pandemic in revelatory detail.

Review: 'Finding the Mother Tree,' by Suzanne Simard

NONFICTION: "Finding the Mother Tree" illuminates the career of one of our most brilliant ecologists.
"The Five Wounds" by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Review: 'The Five Wounds,' by Kirstin Valdez Quade

FICTION: This vibrant novel showcases one man's road to redemption.

Review: "Foregone," by Russell Banks

FICTION: Russell Banks' new novel explores morality and mortality.

Review: 'The Black Church,' by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

NONFICTION: A companion book to the PBS series "The Black Church" chronicles the intricate history of an institution at the heart of the American Experiment.