That Factual Feeling: Voices of “The Good Immigrant”

APRIL 21, 2019 I READ THE RECENT anthology The Good Immigrant in pieces, on trains and buses to Brussels, Berlin, Edinburgh. I read it as a British-Colombian (easily mistaken for British-Columbian) raised in the United States, who has a fraught relationship with each point on the triangle of her national identity. I was traveling, as …

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In “Machines Like Me”, Ian McEwan asks an age-old question

Machines Like Me. By Ian McEwan. Nan A.Talese/Doubleday; 352 pages; $26.95. Jonathan Cape; £18.99. AFTER A SEQUENCE of more or less realistic novels, including “On Chesil Beach” (2007) and “The Children Act” (2014), Ian McEwan is letting himself go. His previous novel, “Nutshell”, was narrated by a fetus; now he tells the story of a love triangle …

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Mario Benedetti’s Wise, Lonely Novel about Political Exile

The writer Mario Benedetti was born in 1920, in a Uruguay of peace and progressivism. The reformist President José Batlle y Ordóñez had just stepped down, leaving a legacy that included state secularism, divorce rights for women, and a wide range of workers’ protections. The country seemed on track for a calm, egalitarian future, and …

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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for April 21st, 2019

Enter to win a brand new iPad mini here!  These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Murder by the Book …

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David Eason Calls Leah Messer a Drug Addict, Is Still the Worst

David Eason … ugh. Ugh. When it comes to Jenelle Evans’ husband, is there anything else we really need to say at this point? He’s rude, aggressive, offensive, bigotted, allegedly abusive to both children and his significant others. Like, this individual is so awful the United States Secret Service recently felt the need to pay …

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