YOUNGBLOOD


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The occupation of Iraq was as nebulous as the reasons for the original invasion. Indeed, the war’s raisons d’être multiplied as the years progressed. In Matt Gallagher’s important debut novel, Youngblood, a lieutenant stationed in Iraq asks the trillion-dollar question: “Just what . . . were we doing?” The ephemerality and pointlessness of this postmodernView Full Page…

SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR


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Much has been made lately of the so-called (and very popular) “meta” trend in picture books, those stories with intrusive narrators or books that acknowledge that the story is happening in . . . well, a book. The story of Snappsy the Alligator is one such story, and it’s likely that, when 2016 is over,View Full Page…

LIT UP


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“Together and alone, we need literature as the California valleys need rain,” muses David Denby, author of Great Books(1996) and staff writer for The New Yorker. But, he wondered, in an age of texting and tweeting, are teens still reading complex literary works? And can an appetite for serious reading be developed in high school?View Full Page…

PIECE OF MIND


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From John Wray’s Lowboy to Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, contemporary authors have boldly chronicled the minds, trials and tribulations of characters facing a range of cognitive and neurological challenges. Michelle Adelman’s debut, Piece of Mind, fits neatly into this genre. Adelman’s protagonist, Lucy, was struck by a carView Full Page…