Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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The Characters in Ann Beattie’s New Stories Are Boomers in a Millennial World

THE ACCOMPLISHED GUEST Stories By Ann Beattie 270 pp. Scribner. $26. Ann Beattie’s distinguished career extends back 40 years to her debut collection, “Distortions,” which documented, with cool aplomb, disaffected baby boomers in the age of Nixon.

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Liveright to Publish Nelson Mandela’s Letters From Prison

During his years as a political prisoner from 1962 to 1990, the future South African president Nelson Mandela didn’t know if he would live another day free. He wrote hundreds of letters from four different prisons, to family, supporters, government officials and prison authorities.

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Michael Bond, Paddington Bear Creator, Is Dead at 91

Michael Bond, the genial British author who created Paddington Bear, the polite, good-natured but disaster-prone little hero of children’s novels, picture and activity books, television series, and films, died at his home in London on Tuesday. He was 91.

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Tracing the Origins of the New York Police Department

LAW AND DISORDER The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD By Bruce Chadwick Illustrated. 368 pp. Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press. $28.99. I got mugged a bunch of times growing up in Brooklyn and thought I had it rough.

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Margaux Fragoso, Memoirist Who Wrote Hauntingly of Sexual Abuse, Dies at 38

Margaux Fragoso borrowed the title of her only published book, the memoir “Tiger, Tiger,” from William Blake. What divine presence, Blake wondered, could have created the tiger’s fiery eyes, burning bright? “Did he who made the Lamb make thee?” Ms.

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