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on Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly Press) and Mourning Headband for Hue by Nhã Ca, tr. Olga Dror (Indiana Univ Press)

In his early career as a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mark Bowden wrote a breakout feature on Joey Coyle, an unemployed longshoreman who found a bag stuffed with $1.2 million on a Philadelphia street.

on Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction by Thalia Field (Solid Objects)

“As too often happens at night in my room, dread freezes my body, then the bed, apartment, the streets as I picture them, the wider city, the countryside, the heavens – everything is stranded and still – until a raspy whine pulls me to a rabbit in a box in the kitchen. She is cut practically in half, and relaxes into death when touched on the head.

on Blameless, a novel by Claudio Magris (Yale University Press)

The making of Claudio Magris’ seventh book, Blameless, was inspired by an obscure figure named Professor Diego de Henriquez, “a brilliant, uncompromising Triestine of vast culture and fierce passion, who dedicated his entire life (1909-1974) to collecting weapons and military materiel of all types to build an original, overflowing War Museum that might, by displaying those instruments

“What Will You Read This Summer?” 28 Friends List Some Titles

I asked 27 friends (and a daughter) to name the titles of books they plan to read this summer. Scroll down to find lists by Elliot Ackerman, Jack Black, Eduardo Corral, Roz Chast, Rebecca Dinerstein, Rikki Ducornet, Joseph Gonnella, Tyehimba Jess, Nick Kroll, Tess Lewis, Fiona Maazel, Bill Marx, Gail Mazur, Jay Monahan, Laura O’Neill, Peter Orner, D.A.

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