Book Review

The Late Starters Orchestra

Ari L. Goldman

Goldman recounts his late-in-life journey to become a cellist and, in the process, he reminds us to never stop learning.

Author Q&A

Like snuggling in a comfy chair with a good book and a cup of tea, Niall Williams’ History of the Rain is a delicious treat for readers.

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    The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life...

    Douglas Whynott

    The story of the maple syrup industry told within the boundaries of one year, one harvest, and one family.

    Beyond The Book

    What do literary types have queued up on their nightstands and ready to read before lights-out? We asked a couple of them, and here’s what they said.

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    The From-Aways

    CJ Hauser

    Two women meet in a small town, both seeking answers to questions that surprise and hurt them.

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    Author Maya Lang attempts a modern take on the classic Ulysses.

    Beyond The Book

    It’s hard to believe, but 2014 is halfway over. Below, some of the Independent’s staffers share the best books they’ve read so far this year. Here’s hoping the next six months offer just as many amazing titles!

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    The Fracking King

    James Browning

    Hale Academy, the boys’ boarding school at the center of James Browning’s debut novel, The Fracking King, is a dark place in more ways than one.

    Author Q&A

    Here, the author of the recently released The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East, discusses that region, politics, and the writing life.

    Beyond The Book

    It’s more than just a phone setting.

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    China Dolls

    Lisa See

    Three young women make their way as dancers in the Chinese entertainment world of mid-20th-century America.