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A Book A Week: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine is the last book I read in 2009. It's the story of one family's experience at an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. >More
 A Book A Week: The First Person by Ali Smith

I hate experimental fiction. Yet every now and then I feel the need to try some, just to see if I still hate it -- it's kind of like tasting anchovies every few years, even though you know you really think they are too salty and too fishy. >More
 A Book A Week: Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki

Roopa Farooki's Bitter Sweets is a multigenerational story about an Indian family in both India and in Britain. It's one of those sprawling family sagas that are often labeled "women's fiction" but with a South Asian flavor. >More
 A Book A Week: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

I heard Daniyal Mueenuddin interviewed on NPR recently and that made me check out In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. I see now that it's getting a lot of press, which it deserves. >More
 A Book A Week: Consequences by Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is interested in the consequences of our behavior and of our choices. In fact, she has examined this theme at least three times in three different books: in Making It Up, in The Photograph, and now in Consequences. >More
 Isthmus Reads: Steam & Cinders: The Advent of Railroads in Wisconsin, Cannery Row

If Steam & Cinders were a train, it would be one mighty locomotive -- a beautiful piece of intricate machinery chugging slowly but steadily through Wisconsin to drag its boxcars bulging with research to the promised destination. >More
 Touchless Automatic Wonder dwells on commonplace texts

In his introduction to Touchless Automatic Wonder: Found Text from the Real World, Lewis Koch writes that he often thinks of photographs as his paper memory. A repository, he elaborates during a phone conversation. Like a diary. What a journal. >More
 A Book A Week: An American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld's An American Wife is another fact/fiction mash-up. Is that all anybody is writing these days? >More
 A Book A Week: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

When I heard that Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout, had won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year I thought, "Oh, finally, they are giving that award to someone I like." I hadn't read the book yet but I was very optimistic. >More
 Rainbow Bookstore celebrates 20 years in Madison

You can understand the impulse to celebrate Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative's 20th anniversary. If it is not the most venerable book shop in a city dotted with small independent booksellers, it is, in chronological human terms, almost legal. >More
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