Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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In ‘Jell-O Girls,’ a Dark Family History Behind a Candy-Colored Dessert

Jell-O might be the glistening dish of picnics and potlucks, but for Allie Rowbottom — a descendant of the Jell-O fortune — it’s both a burden and an abyss.

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NPR News: Sean Spicer Praises Successor Sanders: ‘She Understands What The President Wants’

Sean Spicer Praises Successor Sanders: ‘She Understands What The President Wants’
The former White House press secretary has a new book coming out. Spicer tells NPR that he regrets dressing down the press for reporting on the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration.

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NPR News: Sean Spicer Praises Successor Sanders: ‘She Understands What The President Wants’

Sean Spicer Praises Successor Sanders: ‘She Understands What The President Wants’
The former White House press secretary has a new book coming out. Spicer tells NPR that he regrets dressing down the press for reporting on the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration.

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Lauren Groff Reveals the Stormy Side of the Sunshine State

FLORIDA By Lauren Groff 275 pp. Riverhead Books. $27. Lauren Groff is a great storyteller, as “Florida,” her second collection, makes clear in 11 dramatic tales, all full of event and surprise, instruction and comfort.

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Chris Hayes Reviews Michiko Kakutani’s Book About Our Post-Truth Era

THE DEATH OF TRUTH Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump By Michiko Kakutani 208 pp. Tim Duggan Books. $22. The president is a liar. He lies about matters of the utmost consequence (nuclear diplomacy) and about the most trivial (his golf game).

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NPR News: In ‘Crux,’ A Journalist Investigates The Troubled Life Of Her Own Father

In ‘Crux,’ A Journalist Investigates The Troubled Life Of Her Own Father
At age 11, Jean Guerrero’s mother told her that her dad had schizophrenia. Years later, the author is unable to verify the diagnosis — and refuses to accept it.

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It’s 1988 and Philip Marlowe Is Retired. But Not for Long.

ONLY TO SLEEP By Lawrence Osborne 256 pp. Hogarth. $26. My stepson had read all of J. R. R. Tolkien by age 10, even “The Silmarillion.” Mourning for a world in which there were no more hobbits to follow, he tried to write his own adventure for Tolkien’s characters.

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