Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

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On the Centennial of Iris Murdoch’s Birth, Remembering a 20th-Century Giant

People who met the British novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) tended to want to describe her. She had big, round blue eyes, strawlike hair and a broad face with high cheekbones.


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For an Immigrant Family, Sarajevo Still Casts Its Shadow

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. Depending on how you read this two-part book by Aleksandar Hemon, you’ll either be going from a concrete account to disarray, or watching the threads of memory come together into a single story.

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Letters to the Editor

With regards to David McCullough’s new book, “The Pioneers,” reviewed by Joyce Chaplin in your June 9 issue, I have to say that the book’s subtitle alone (“The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West”) made me cringe.