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Book reviews

Root and Branch

Andrew Solomon’s exploration of difference

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New Books

In 1929, Robert Ripley was receiving nearly 3,000 letters a day. As Neal Thompson writes in A Curious Man: The Strange & Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe it or Not!”…

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Making a Scene

Willa Cather’s correspondence

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Nothing Serious

P. G. Wodehouse and the costs of innocence

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Red States

The Soviet Attempt to Export Communism

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Madame and the Masters

Blavatsky’s cosmic soap opera

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A Tone Licked Clean

Fairy tales and the roots of literature

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The Humble Vernacular

A word-of-mouth dictionary

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