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“Whatever your ailment, our prescriptions are simple: a novel (or two), to be read at regular intervals.”

Finding the right book at the right time — isn’t that what we all want? It certainly is one of the central obsessions in my world. That’s why I’m delighted to discover The Novel Cure, which provides 751 suggestions for … Continue reading

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“Denial was a talent she greatly admired. She could have been Gentile, except, of course, she wasn’t.”

How does a humorist write about death? This is what I wondered when I opened Delia Ephron‘s memoir, which has a piece called “Losing Nora” about her famous sister. She relies a lot on the formula that we see in … Continue reading

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“The menu, like love, was full of delicate, gruesome things — cheeks, tongues, thymus glands.”

No writer can make me laugh harder but wince longer than Lorrie Moore. Here is a sample of her humor: “Mike’s friends, however, tended to be tense, intellectually earnest Protestants who drove new, metallic-hued cars and who within five minutes of … Continue reading

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