Book Review

Under the Influence

By Joyce Maynard

An enjoyable, if somewhat implausible, beach read about bad friends and tough choices

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An occasional series in which writers speak for themselves

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And So Is the Bus: Jerusalem Stories

By Yossel Birstein; translated by Margaret Birstein, Hana Inbar, and Robert Manaster

Spare tales of fascinating, fleeting encounters.

Book Review

The Cabaret of Plants

By Richard Mabey

A fascinating, compulsively readable look at the lives — both outer and inner — of the flora all around us.

Book Review

Sweetgirl: A Novel

By Travis Mulhauser

A flawed but captivating tale of bravery and loss set in a fictional Michigan town.

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A unique, sometimes tedious retelling of ancient tales

Book Review

In Another Life: A Novel

By Julie Christine Johnson

A tale of redemption, love, and time-travel in the South of France

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Chaos of the Senses

By Ahlem Mosteghanemi; translated by Nancy Roberts

A diaphanous Algerian tale as lush and evocative as a poem.