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Book Features Archive

December 19, 2005

It wasn’t just E. L. Doctorow who looked into the past this year—though some didn’t look too far, with one 9/11 novel outshining the rest. Brooklyn writers kept themselves busy (when not feuding), graphic books continued to pop, Joan Didion redeemed the memoir, Mary Gaitskill made us happy-sad, and Donald Trump defended his authorial honor.

November 28, 2005
Roman à Clef Watch

Paris Hilton and Salman Rushdie turn up in recent novels.

November 28, 2005
Young Gun

A Nigerian plutocrat straight out of Harvard talks about the murderous school-age narrator of his first novel.

November 21, 2005
Handicapping the National Book Awards

Publishing’s Oscars have traded last year’s obscurantism for a new affinity—historical novels about real people—and Norman Mailer is getting the lifetime-achievement award. The lineup, the backstory, and the likely outcome.

November 21, 2005
'Tis a Sequel

Frank McCourt talks about his years as a city public-school teacher—and crafting the perfect pickup line.

November 14, 2005
Last Exit to Baghdad

The first soldier memoirs and a sweeping history describe a war unlike any we’ve ever known.

November 14, 2005
It's Super Mayor!

In 'Ex Machina,' a crime fighter is elected to City Hall. Sure, he can fly. But could he beat Bloomberg?

October 24, 2005
Roman à Clef Watch!

A spate of real people turn up in recent novels.

October 17, 2005
The Reading List

What five New Yorkers read for a week, from personal ads to Georges Bataille’s The Unfinished System of Non-Knowledge.

October 17, 2005

The rebranding of Ruth Rendell.

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