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- 'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum
Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism. [Wed, Sept. 2]
- Franzen's Latest Novel: An Ambitious But Tarnished 'Purity'
Jonathan Franzen weaves together a cavalcade of stories and characters in his latest novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that despite its breadth, Purity fails to "emotionally move the reader." [Wed, Sept. 2]
- 'Twelve Kings' Launches A Bold New Fantasy World
Twelve immortal, iron-fisted god-kings rule over the desert metropolis of Sharakhai. No one can stand against them, until the gladiator Çeda begins hunting for the truth behind her mother's death. [Wed, Sept. 2]
- 'The Shepherd's Crown' Tells Terry Pratchett Fans How To Mourn Him
The fantasy author's last novel opens with the death of one of his most beloved characters and serves as an illustration of his thoughts on his own impending death and the inevitability of change. [Wed, Sept. 2]
- In New Neapolitan Novel, Fans Seek Clues About Mysterious Author's Past
Elena Ferrante is the pen name of an anonymous Italian author. Very little is known about her, but Ferrante's books — widely believed to be a thinly veiled autobiography — have achieved cult status. [Tue, Sept. 1]