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Brilliant But Devastating, 'The Mars Room' Chronicles Life Behind Bars

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 9:00am

Rachel Kushner's heartbreaking, nearly flawless third novel centers on Romy Hall, a young woman who's just been sentenced to two life sentences for beating her stalker to death.

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'Free Woman' Is An Uncompromising Look At An Unconventional Writer

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 6:00am

Lara Feigel's new book is a combination memoir and celebration of the writer Doris Lessing — whose famous distaste for convention led her to exclaim "Oh, Christ," upon winning the Nobel Prize.

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Korean Culinary Cures: From Tummy Aches To Hangovers, Here's How Moms Cook Up Relief

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 5:11pm

Cooking to soothe sick children is a ritual for moms around the world. In Korea, some foods are widely believed to help treat ailments and boost health. Here's a look at some popular healing dishes.

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Richly Atmospheric 'Beast' Is A Thriller That Outshines Its Genre

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:05pm

Critic Justin Chang says Beast, a film about two lovers on an island where a serial killer has been terrorizing residents, is "engrossing from start to finish" — despite its genre trappings.

'Undead Girl Gang:' Mister, They ARE The Weirdos

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 6:00am

In Lily Anderson's debut novel, a string of suspicious deaths prompts teen witch Mila to try to solve the mystery by raising the dead girls to ask who killed them — but of course, it's not that easy.

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The Weinstein Co. Gets Court OK To Sell Itself To Lantern Capital Partners

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 5:47pm

The bankruptcy judge approved a $310 million deal that doesn't promise a fund to compensate alleged sexual abuse victims of company co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

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Delaware Judge To Decide Who Gets Weinstein Company's Film And TV Assets

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 3:30pm

A bankruptcy court judge in Delaware is deciding who gets the film and TV assets to The Weinstein Company. Is it solely about financial creditors or is there a moral obligation to provide compensation for the victims of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults?

'Barracoon' Offers A Vivid, First-Hand Account Of Slavery In America

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 1:59pm

In 1927, author Zora Neale Huston interviewed Cudjo Lewis, the last known living person who could recount the experience of being taken captive in Africa and transported on a slave ship to America.

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Duplass Brothers On Working Together And Growing Apart: 'We Are Ex-Soulmates'

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:05pm

Filmmaker siblings Jay and Mark Duplass have been making movies together since they were kids. More recently, Mark says, "We had to dig out space from that beautiful co-dependence."

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'Barracoon' Brings A Lost Slave Story To Light

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 9:00am

Both terrifying and wonderful, Barracoon is Zora Neale Hurston's long-unpublished account of her conversations with Cudjo Lewis, who was brought to America on the last trans-Atlantic slave ship.

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'Warlight' Illumines Family Secrets In Ondaatje's Latest

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 6:00am

Set during and after World War II, Warlight follows a young man trying to find out what really happened when his parents disappeared and left him and a young sister in the care of two mystery men.

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My First Existential Crisis: The Sweet Story Of An Angsty 'Square'

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 3:59am

Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett are writing a children's book trilogy about shapes who are just like us. The second installment follows a straight-laced square who wonders if he's really a genius.

Kennedy Center Joins Institutions Stripping Bill Cosby Of Awards

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 5:35pm

As the comedian awaits sentencing for a conviction for aggravated indecent assault, the prestigious arts institution rescinded its Honors award and Mark Twain humor prize.

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Sharply Written 'Mars Room' Ventures Behind The Bars Of Women's Prison

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 1:22pm

Rachel Kushner's new novel centers on a young mother serving two consecutive life sentences for murdering a man who'd been stalking her. Critic John Powers calls The Mars Room "searingly intelligent."

How 'Peasant Food' Helped Chef Lidia Bastianich Achieve Her 'American Dream'

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:18pm

Bastianich grew up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After they fled Europe as refugees and emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant.

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'Vida' Brings Two Sisters Back To Their Old Neighborhood

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 7:46am

The new Starz half-hour drama tells the story of two young women who learn a lot about their mother when they go home to deal with the consequences of her death.

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Princess Charlotte Passes The Royal Torch In New Photos Of Prince Louis

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 11:39am

Kensington Palace released the first official photos of Prince Louis on Sunday, taken by Princess Kate at their home. One of the photos shows Princess Charlotte cradling her baby brother.

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The Struggle Of Finding Help For 'A Dangerous Son'

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 8:21am

Stacy Shapiro and her son are featured in the new documentary A Dangerous Son, directed by Liz Garbus. It follows families with children who have violent outbursts due to mental illness.

In 'That Kind Of Mother,' A White Mom, A Black Son

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 7:28am

Rumaan Alam's new novel starts out as a tale of female friendship between a woman and her child's nanny. Then it becomes a different sort of story — one about an unconventional parenthood.

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'The Queen's Embroiderer' Stitches Up A Twisted Family Saga

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 6:00am

Joan DeJean's latest dive into French history starts with something simple — the appointment of a royal embroiderer. But then things get weird: inheritance fraud, elopements, double lives and more.

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