Words of wisdom or wishful thinking? The problem with new books that aim to heal us.

(Viking; Everyman's Library; Storey)
(Viking; Everyman's Library; Storey)
Sure, books like “The Hill We Climb,” “Poems of Healing” and “How to Heal the World” mean well, but recovery on command is tricky.
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  • Perspective

As a kid, I loved Judy Blume’s books. As an adult, I wonder: How do they read today?

Blume’s novels educated — and entertained — generations of readers. In today’s culture, it’s more complicated.
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  • Review

Five great new mysteries and thrillers to look forward to this spring

Find intrigue, suspense — and an escape! — in new books by Linwood Barclay, Nancy Tucker, M.L. Longworth and more.
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  • Review

Raised in a cult, Lauren Hough’s salvation was the discovery of her own inimitable voice

Hough’s debut essay collection, “Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing,” includes her viral story about being “a cable guy.”
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An earnest young correspondent in Cold War Moscow

Marvin Kalb offers an insider’s view of a crucial moment for journalism and diplomacy.
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Seeing a threat to democracy in a conservative Supreme Court

Ian Millhiser argues that the court’s majority is skewing the law to benefit the GOP.
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The art of the photograph; the photograph as art

Critic Andy Grundberg explains how contemporary artists came to embrace the medium.
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  • Review

With ‘Antiquities,’ Cynthia Ozick is as vibrant on the page as ever

Ozick employs her virtuosic literary style to weave an enigmatic tale about the ephemeral nature of memory and the transience of life.
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Four women who broke barriers to become the founding mothers of NPR

The rise of Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and Cokie Roberts.
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How the romance genre found its happily ever after

Authors, editors and one famous mononymous cover model look back at how the modern romance industry came together and took off.
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Who is the greatest fictional detective? A new book reminds us why it’s Poirot.

Mark Aldridge’s “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” offers clues — and evidence — to prove the case.
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