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Seating Arrangements tackles propriety, love, and whales

Winn Van Meter, the patriarch of the WASP-y New England family portrayed in Maggie Shipstead's debut novel Seating Arrangements, likes things just so.
Island adventure
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012
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Writers celebrate Barry Hannah, the biggest literary badass you’ve never heard of

Gene Kwak first came across the work of Barry Hannah while studying journalism at the University of Nebraska.  
Captain Maximus R.I.P.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 29, 2010
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More sex, more Lincoln

The subject of Lincoln is like catnip to publishers (and readers), but the only things missing from our winter list are actual cat books.
A hefty reading season, from Jayne Anne Phillips and T.C. Boyle to Pablo Neruda
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  December 29, 2008
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Empty pantsuit

I have a terrible confession to make: I couldn’t get through either of the two new biographical tomes about Hillary Clinton.
There's a reason why two new biographies of Hillary Clinton elicit such yawns
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 22, 2007
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From the ashes

Honest, perceptive, and keenly felt, The Good Life — the story of two couples’ furtive, hesitant stabs at happiness in the brave and fearful new world of post-9/11 New York — is McInerney’s most mature and affecting book yet.
Jay McInerney grows up
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 22, 2006