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Book reviews

Flights of Fancy

A history of ballooning

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A theory of glamour

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The Mercenary Position

Can Amazon change its predatory ways?

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At Death’s Door

The hope and hokum of immortality

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Winds of Revolt

The poetry of Middle Eastern uprising

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Bartleby on the Prairie

The unspent life of J. F. Powers

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Numerical Madness

Critiques of a life online

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The Commitments

Love and marriage at the movies

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New Books

The memoir is a tempting but treacherous form. As the English novelist Rachel Cusk writes in Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $20), “Unclothed, truth can be…

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July 2013

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