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    War, Drugs, and Other Extremes in the Post-Post-9/11 NovelTwo recent novels, Ohio and Waiting for Eden, try to keep pace with our state of permanent crisis.
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    Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s Memoir Is the Sleeper Critical Hit of the SeasonIn our second installment of Lit Parade, a look at a memoir by Steve Jobs’s daughter with literary chops that caught critics by surprise.
  3. Nico Walker’s Cherry Might Be the First Great Novel of the Opioid EpidemicIt is also one of the best war novels written in a generation.
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    Lydia Millet Is Not Nearly As Famous As She Should Be.The novelist is ferociously untame, paying little heed to the boundaries of realism and even less to those of class.
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    Rachel Cusk’s Kudos: The Outline Trilogy Gets Its Third MasterpieceVoice and style — can they be separated? The auteurs of autofiction are all stylists and tension between style and voice is why we’ve flocked to them.
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    What Is Missing From Rachel Kushner’s New The Mars Room? Besides Plot.It’s fair to want more from a novel than the sensation of nodding your head in agreement.
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    Alan Hollinghurst’s New, Deviously Anti-Sensationalist Gay-Generation-Gap NovelThe way life opens up to one character in a way that it never could for his father is the novel’s real subject.
  8. Lisa Halliday’s Tremendous New Experiment of a NovelThe book is split in two. Which half is “more interesting,” a young woman’s unlikely romance or a young man’s encounter with world affairs?
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    Will Zadie Smith Ever Feel Free?Her new collection of essays brings to an end a 15-year psychodrama period for her writing.
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    Denis Johnson Left Us With One Final — and Terrific — BookWith a new, posthumous short-story collection, the author of Jesus’ Son still haunts the culture, for good reason.
  11. How Does Susan Sontag’s Fiction Stack Up Against All Her Other Stuff?I hesitate to call these stories essential, but they are full of optional delights.
  12. Jennifer Egan’s Strained New World War II NovelVeering into the past, she applies a surfeit of artifice in Manhattan Beach that erases the authenticity effects she intends.
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    Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark: What Is Kafka Doing in a Most Un-Kafkaesque Novel?It’s odd to see Philip Roth marshaled, too, to shore up a novel that reads like self-help.
  14. John le Carré’s Spook Cynicism: George Smiley, 56 Years OnLe Carré has always attributed his popularity to the fact that “I was writing for a public that was hooked on Bond and wanted an antidote.”
  15. 10 Nonfiction Books to Read at the Beach, As Chosen by AuthorsThe best beach-worthy nonfiction books other writers recommend.
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    In Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends, the Narrator Strives to MatterThe first novel by the 26-year-old Irish writer wears its influences on its sleeve.
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    Review: Eugene Lim’s Dear Cyborgs Engages the Post-Occupy MomentIt’s a novel of ideas, small, elegant ideas about art and protest, and one of the most striking literary works to emerge from the Occupy movement.
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    Review: Francesco Pacifico’s Sharp New Novel Takes on Post-Hipster WilliamsburgThe Italian author’s new book does a lot of things you don’t see American novels do much of these days.
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    Review: Percival Everett’s So Much Blue Is Winding and BeguilingAt age 61, Everett may have the lowest profile of any major American novelist now in his or her prime.
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    How Much Juice Can One Writer Squeeze Out of Male Ugliness?Joshua Ferris’s The Dinner Party is a parade of jerks who march by one by one.
  21. In Priestdaddy, Patricia Lockwood Goes Home to a House ‘Made for Screaming’The memoir is part origin story, part narrative of the Twitter-poet-goddess’s time in the wilderness.
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    What Happens When Critics Grow Up, and Look BackMemoirists Daphne Merkin and Lee Siegel built their lives around books. Why?
  23. Ottessa Moshfegh’s Book Homesick for Another World Revels in Flawed CharactersHer short-story collection Homesick for Another World draws you in by highlighting humankind’s grotesqueness.
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    Book Review: Alexandra Kleeman’s IntimationsShe has a gothic imagination and a wit keen to the absurdities of American culture — particularly its dietary vices and media horror shows.
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    Jay McInerney’s Yuppie Trilogy Comes to a CloseThe third volume recapitulates the strongest and weakest aspects of Brightness Falls and The Good Life.
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    Emma Cline’s Masterful (and Quite Traditional) Manson-Family Debut NovelPastoral, marriage plot, crime story.
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    Book Review: What Is Not Yours Is Not YoursThe wunderkind author is a prodigious and idiosyncratic talent finding her form in public.
  28. O.J.’s ‘Exact Opposite of Classic,’ If I Did ItRevisiting the most deliciously sleazy publishing story of the 21st century.
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    Diane Williams: Avant-Garde Master of Miniature FictionIt’s hard to summarize any of her stories, and it may be beside the point.
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    City on Fire Is Trying to Have It Too Many WaysThe year’s biggest debut says a lot about what sort of story New York publishers and Hollywood think they can sell.
  31. How Jonathan Franzen Became America’s Leading Public MoralistOur foremost novelist as pundit.
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    Nell Zink’s Brilliant Mislaid Is a Parody of a Satire of RaceIt uses southern racism as fuel for devious comic flights.
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    The Very Public Saga of Karl Ove Knausgaard Writing About HimselfHis latest Volume 4: Dancing in the Dark is a lesser work than the first two books (though better than the third).
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    Kathryn Schulz on the Harmonious Contradictions of Geoff DyerHis strange books shouldn’t work as beautifully as they do.
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    Book Review: Schulz on The Sixth ExtinctionA book that is both serious-­minded and invites exclamation points into its margins.
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    Kathryn Schulz on Doctor SleepOnce it stops being bad, how good is it?
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    Schulz on J.M. Ledgard’s Submergence: The Best Novel I’ve Read This YearThe best novel our book critic has read this year.
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    Schulz on Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmerica’s awkward dance around race, through the eyes of a Nigerian novelist and her characters.
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    Book Review: The Riddle of the LabyrinthIt’s about, among other things, history, mythology, ancient civilizations, linguistics, puzzles, code-breaking, Homer, Arthur Conan Doyle, and brainy female academics.
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    Schulz on Anne Carson’s Time-Traveling, Mind-Bending Red Doc>This sequel, of sorts, to Autobiography of Red is sadder than its predecessor, and stranger, too.
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    Kathryn Schulz on Amity Gaige’s Novel Schroder“It’s a mark of how good Schroder is that, upon finishing it, I immediately went out and read the rest of her work.”
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    Schulz on Andrew Solomon’s New Book Far From the TreeThe author explores raising kids—and consciousness.
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    Book Review: Schulz on Zadie Smith’s NWShe’s pointing her literary compass in a new direction.
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    Book Review: Schulz on Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist?He asks the big question.