‘Burnt Sugar,’ a challenging Booker Prize finalist, is hard to take, but harder to shake off

Book World illustration for Burned Sugar, 0120. (Alla Dreyvitser/The Washington Post/ iStock images)
Book World illustration for Burned Sugar, 0120. (Alla Dreyvitser/The Washington Post/ iStock images)
Avni Doshi’s novel about a mother and daughter takes candor to extremes.
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Walter Bernstein, scriptwriter who skewered McCarthy-era blacklist in ‘The Front,’ dies at 101

The Oscar-nominated 1976 film, starring Woody Allen, was based on his eight years on the blacklist.

Aubrey Gordon, the writer behind ‘Your Fat Friend,’ has some thoughts on diets, BMI and the relentless advice of strangers

Some people are “constantly ringing the bell on how dangerous it is to be fat, but that’s not making fat people thin,” Gordon says.
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In our dreams, a theater of the unconscious

Dreaming helps us make sense of our experiences, Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold write.
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In the animal kingdom, rituals that connect, renew and heal

Elephant scientist Caitlin O’Connell explores the lessons humans can learn.
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As MLK faced a crisis, Kennedy and Nixon made political calculations

Paul and Stephen Kendrick on how King’s 1960 arrest influenced the presidential campaign.
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Biden is ‘a Senate guy,’ but it just doesn’t work like it used to

Adam Jentleson joins many Democrats in calling for reform of the filibuster.
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Working to end slavery, Lincoln found power — and limits — in the Constitution

His aggressive moves were paired with deference to states’ rights, James Oakes writes.
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Ladee Hubbard’s ‘The Rib King’ is a fascinating look at ambition, race and revenge

“The Rib King’’ upends the racial calculus that amplifies the stories of the privileged few, offering rich, lovingly rendered portraits of working-class Black people.
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Why is ‘The Push’ so popular? Perhaps because it plays into a mother’s worst fears.

Mommy guilt is the least of it in Ashley Audrain’s blockbuster suspense novel.
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Thrilling little machines: George Saunders analyzes Russian short fiction

The author discusses, in painstaking detail, what makes a story work.
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