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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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The Keep by Jennifer Egan
The Keep

Julia Williamson, June 18, 2011

Jennifer Egan's ability to turn a story inside out and upside down and run it through a couple of rabbit holes, without so much as letting a little change fall out of the character's pockets, is astounding. I love novels in which unexpected things happen to people, and you get to see them in all of their complexity. And then there's the story, unusual and inventive in its own right. Very adept and entertaining.
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Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Out Stealing Horses

Julia Williamson, January 10, 2011

This is a gorgeous book, written in a spare, eloquent style. Although it's not long, the story encompasses several lives and many complicated events. 67 year old Trond, having lost both wife and sister, sets out to live in a remote part of the country, alone. He runs into an acquaintance from his youth, which sets off both recollections of, and ruminations about, the summer he turned 15. It's a coming of age story, an end of life story, and a year everything changed story all rolled into one, set in a magnificent landscape. Read it, it's great.
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