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Life and story go hand in hand in Margot Livesey’s “The Boy in the Field.”


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Daphne Merkin discusses what normative means, the concept of a normal looking life, and her new novel, “22 Minutes of Unconditional Love”.
From the archives: obliquely about Zadie Smith's "On Beauty", this intense, abstract conversation is about what a novel is.
History, autobiography, travelogue—a hybrid form—"Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning", by Alex Halberst.
Scott Spencer’s new novel, “An Ocean Without a Shore,” is about a life seeped in unfulfilled desires.
Brit Bennett pushes questions of race and color to their extremes in her new novel, _The Vanishing Half_.
The co-producer of Bookworm, Shawn Michael Sullivan, was able to rebroadcast one of his favorite shows, between Michael Silverblatt and Horacio Castellanos Moya, regarding _Senselessness_.
Fowzia Karimi speaks about the art of the novel, and designing _Above Us the Milky Way_.
Mark Z. Danielewski’s _The Little Blue Kite_ is a generous and big-hearted children’s book about creating a spacious mind, with room for others.
Anthologist André Naffis-Sahely says he provided a historical perspective to _The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature._
Victoria Chang discusses _Love, Love_ , her children’s novel written in verse—poetry written for children.
Victoria Chang’s _Obit_ is a poetry book about the impact of death on the living.
Benjamin Moser recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography _ Sontag: Her Life and Work_. In this show from the archives, he talks about Susan Sontag‘s ideology: reading more books, going to more plays, traveling more, learning more, taking learning seriously, and taking culture seriously.
Daniel Kehlmann: Tyll April 30, 2020
Daniel Kehlmann describes his new novel, _Tyll_ , as dark, frightening, and murky—in a good way.
Rob Doyle: Threshold April 23, 2020
Youthful nihilism, contradictory impulses, preferences and desires catch up with Rob Doyle in his explicitly autobiographical novel _Threshold_.
Ariana Reines discusses her A Sand Book poetry being centered around a theme of hiding: running away and trying to escape.
Charles North describes _Everything and Other Poems_ as “messy poetry” without the formal demands of his earlier work.
Harry Dodge’s _My Meteorite: Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing_ shifts its scale from the cosmos to viruses.
_Recollections of My Nonexistence_ is a personal, cultural, political, and journalistic hybrid narrative about the formative years in the life of Rebecca Solnit.
Stephen Wright’s _Processed Cheese_ finds hilarity in the tragedy of contemporary life.