Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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Barbara Remington, Illustrator of Tolkien Book Covers, Dies at 90

Her work for the 1965 paperback editions of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” achieved mass-cult status. But she hadn’t read the books when she got the job. Barbara Remington, the illustrator who created the most widely recognized covers for J.R.R.

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In These Elegant Comics, Love and Darkness Collide

If I ran a bookstore, I’d prep for Valentine’s Day by stocking up on a genuine throwback: RETURN TO ROMANCE! THE STRANGE LOVE STORIES OF OGDEN WHITNEY (New York Review Comics, 112 pp., $19.95), edited by the comics aficionado Dan Nadel and the cartoonist Frank Santoro (“Pittsburgh”).

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New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Caffeine to the Space Race

CAFFEINE, by Michael Pollan, read by the author. (Audible.) Following his experimentation with psychedelics in “How to Change Your Mind,” Pollan focuses his first audiobook original on a different kind of drug — one we’re way more dependent on.

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A History of Seduction

In his new book, “Seduction: A History From the Enlightenment to the Present,” Clement Knox takes us through the lives of memorable seducers and shows how the art of seduction has influenced politics and power, literature and social movements.

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What if You Could Live in All Your Parallel Universes at Once?

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. “I liked the neatness of those times,” says Prof. Garrett Adams, the ruminative protagonist of Laurel Brett’s clever debut novel, “The Schrödinger Girl.

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‘What the Hell Are We Doing Lending Money to a Guy Like This?’

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. Each era seems to have a bank emblematic of its excesses — in the 1980s, it was Drexel Burnham Lambert, the junk bond king; in the 2000s, it was Lehman Brothers.

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50 States, 50 Love Stories

From sea to shining sea, here’s a tour of unforgettable fiction that explores matters of the heart. Plunk yourself in an armchair and lose yourself in a tale of love, whether it’s a family saga, “12-hanky weeper” or timeworn classic.

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Out of Prison but Still Not Free

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. In “Letter From a Region in My Mind,” James Baldwin wrote that “there is a limit to the number of people any government can put in prison.

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How Libraries Saved Cheryl Strayed

What books are on your nightstand? “Milkman,” by Anna Burns; “In the Dream House,” by Carmen Maria Machado; “Love, Janis,” by Laura Joplin; “The Shadow King,” by Maaza Mengiste; and a galley of Sarah Menkedick’s “Ordinary Insanity.” But that’s just the beginning.

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A Deadly Storm, a Witch Hunt and a Village Without Men

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. On Christmas Eve 1617, a catastrophic storm hit the remote Finnmark region of Norway, drowning 40 men from the fishing village of Vardo in a heartbeat.

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My Sister, My Daughter: Behind the Scenes of a Great American Film

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. Fifty years ago, the screenwriter Robert Towne said to his girlfriend, “I want to write a movie for Jack.

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Charles Murray Returns, Nodding to Caution but Still Courting Controversy

Yes, that Charles Murray, who in 1994 co-authored “The Bell Curve,” with Richard J. Herrnstein, arguing in two notorious chapters that I.Q. differences between the races were mostly innate and mostly intractable. (They allowed that environmental factors play a part in I.Q.

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