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Learning How To Be

In Shining Man, Todd Dills’ picaresque hero goes on a raucous journey of self-discovery

Todd Dills’ Shining Man gives new life to one of literature’s oldest genres, the picaresque. The story of the rakehell who journeys from town to town, falling into ribald scrapes…

America’s Cracked Mirror

In Broke, Jodie Adams Kirshner shines a light on the precarious lives in Detroit’s neglected neighborhoods

In an author’s note at the end of Broke, Jodie Adams Kirshner expresses her hope that “by understanding Detroit’s experience” of bankruptcy in 2013 “we may push for better outcomes…

A Bright Shining Lie

Andrew Maraniss discusses his new book for young readers about the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin

Andrew Maraniss has developed a knack for topics that explore the intersection of sports and politics. In his first book, Strong Inside, he told the story of Perry Wallace, the…

Inside the Ivory Tower

Paul Tough reveals how American colleges try (and fail) to redress social inequality

The thesis of The Years That Matter Most, Paul Tough’s survey of American colleges, will not surprise anyone who has followed headlines regarding higher education over the last three decades….

No Closure

Elliot Ackerman’s memoir offers a soldier’s-eye view of conflicts in the Middle East

Nothing about the recent conflicts in the Middle East is simple. As Elliot Ackerman notes in Places and Names, his memoir about the region’s ongoing wars, alliances shift as circumstances…

Damaged Goods

In Martin Clark’s new legal thriller, The Substitution Order, a fallen Virginia lawyer tries to clear his name

Kevin Moore, the protagonist of Martin Clark’s The Substitution Order, knows he is damaged goods. At 42, he has descended rapidly from a respected place among Virginia lawyers, happily married…