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07:44

Ling Ma's first novel predicted the pandemic. Her new collection goes one step beyond

Maureen Corrigan reviews Ling Ma's new collection of stories Bliss Montage.

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10:00

'If I Survive You' is a sweeping portrait of a family's fight to make it in America

Jonathan Escoffery's debut is called If I Survive You, eight interconnected short stories about a Jamaican family living in Florida. The "you" his characters are trying to survive is America itself.

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08:35

'The Last White Man' spins a deft, if narrow, fantasy about identity

Maureen Corrigan calls 'The Last White Man' a deft, if narrow, Twilight Zone-type fantasy about identity.

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08:55

The immersive novel 'Tomorrow' is a winner for gamers and n00bs alike

Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.

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06:47

Air travel is a mess. Settling into a great book can make for a smoother flight

What some people dismiss as "airplane books," book critic Maureen Corrigan thinks of as oxygen masks for the spirit.

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06:24

'The Poet's House' is a droll coming-of-age story — and an absolute keeper of a novel

The Poet's House is a closely observed, droll, coming-of-age story about an insecure young woman drawn into a shimmering clique of poets;

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07:56

Life in the Middle Ages is more gross than engrossing in this ruthless novel

Maureen Corrigan says Ottessa Moshfegh's just-published novel, Lapvona, serves up plenty of sadism and stink, cannibalism and self-flagellation set in the Middle Ages.

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08:56

'The Facemaker' profiles the British surgeon who treated WWI's disfigured soldiers

Features a British surgeon who led the team that reconstructed the faces of some of the men who suffered facial trauma during World War I.

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09:30

These 4 novels will get your summer off to a terrific start

Book critic MAUREEN CORRIGAN has some suggests for light summer reading.

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08:23

You can't 'Trust' this novel. And that's a very good thing

Hernan Diaz’s new novel, Trust, is about the power of money in the stock market, and its potential, as a character says, "to bend and align reality" to its own purposes.

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