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In recent years, Mariner Books has been promoting the legacy of the great Italian writer Italo Calvino (1923-1985) by publishing a series of paperback editions as crisp as the author's own style. You don't have to be a fan of postmodernism to recognize Calvino as a keeper. "Last Comes the Raven" is a very welcome addition to the series, as this early story collection (1949) has never before ...

This column is a tale of three novels, all bought in local bookstores during Independent Bookstore Day (which was actually Independent Bookstore 10 Days) back in April. I didn't realize how these three books were connected when I picked them up; now, having happily made my way through all three, I see them as a trio of examples of how broad the category of "crime fiction" can be — and how very ...

NONFICTION: A poignant memoir about a writer caring for a father in the grip of Alzheimer's. "The Old King in His Exile" by Arno Geiger, translated from the German by Stefan Tobler; And Other Stories (192 pages, $16.95) ——— One day in the summer of 2006, writer Arno Geiger drove from his home in Vienna to the village of Wolfurt in Austria's westernmost region. There he met his father who, the ...

NEW YORK — Prayers have been answered for “The Book of Mormon” fans. The Tony-winning stage musical will return to Broadway on Nov. 5, producer Anne Garefino announced Wednesday of the raunchy comedy. Broadway shows have been shuttered since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “When Broadway shut down, so many amazing and talented people were put out of work, many of whom had become ...

Few rock 'n' roll legends have had as enduring an impact on multiple generations as Jim Morrison, whose death 50 years ago next month at 27 made him an even bigger cultural icon than when he was alive. Yet, while his six-year tenure as the deep-voiced front man in The Doors created a quintessential template for brooding, bad-boy rock singers clad in leather and oozing primal sex appeal, ...

"Strange Flowers" by Donal Ryan; Penguin (230 pages, $17) ——— "Strange Flowers," Donal Ryan's slim, quietly powerful fifth novel, begins with the first of three disappearances. Moll Gladney, a young woman in her early 20s, raised "without boldness or cheek or any impudent forwardness," is suddenly gone from her parents' little cottage in County Tipperary. Last seen boarding the bus bound for ...

You may know Huma Abedin as Hillary Clinton's longtime close aide and a top advisor of her 2016 presidential campaign. You almost definitely know her as the ex-wife of Anthony Weiner, former congressman and currently registered sex offender, whose habit of sexting with minors may have indirectly sunk said presidential campaign. Abedin would like to reintroduce herself, in her own words. ...

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For the most flavor and tenderest meat, oxtail should be cooked slowly in a bed of juices. Here’s how to cook oxtail in a slow cooker.

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BRITAIN was hit by the pandemic slightly later than mainland European countries like Italy and Spain but, despite the warning, it has fared wo…

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