Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

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Reading ‘Catcher in the Rye’ Today

Gilbert Hernandez is a cartoonist and creator of the “Heartbreak Soup” stories collected in the “Love and Rockets” comic book series.


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‘The Second Coming of the KKK’

Like the alt-right today, the Klan was never a political party, but it wielded sizable influence in politics. Klan members or Klan-endorsed politicians held the governor’s office in Oregon, Texas and Colorado; it controlled mayor’s offices from Portland, Me., to Portland, Ore.

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Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

HONG KONG — At Monument Books, a bookstore in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the magazine racks are stacked with copies of The Economist and other titles from Britain, Australia, France and the United States.

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Paperback Row

Six new paperbacks to check out this week. BLOOD AT THE ROOT: A Racial Cleansing in America, by Patrick Phillips. (Norton, $15.95.) Forsyth County, Ga., drove out its African-American population in 1912 after the unsolved murder of a white woman, and stayed all-white for 80 years.

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Jacqueline Woodson to Explore Belonging in Two Upcoming Books

In her National Book Award-winning memoir in verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” Jacqueline Woodson hones in on the idea that dialogue inspires understanding; throughout the book, Ms. Woodson urges readers, over and over, to listen.