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In 'Foul Is Fair,' Lady Macbeth Goes To Prep School


Hannah Capin's new young adult novel is a modern-day retelling of Macbeth — centered on Lady Macbeth, now a high-schooler taking bloody revenge on the prep school boys who assaulted her at a party.

'Little Constructions' Burns With Unstoppable Rage


Anna Burns gained fame in 2018 when her third novel, Milkman, won the Man Booker Prize. Little Constructions is her second novel, about a woman's vendetta against her violent, abusive brother-in-law.

Human Connections Light Up 'This Brilliant Darkness'


Journalist Jeff Sharlet's new book is a memoir told through images and stories of other people; it grew out of a series of Instagram posts about night shift workers he met and photographed.

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Not Too Rude, Not Too Tame, 'Jake The Fake' Is A Just-Right Read

Our kids' books columnist Juanita Giles says she was at her wits' end trying to find a funny (but not mean-funny) book for her son, a budding humorist. Jake the Fake Keeps It Real was just the thing.

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'Young Ahmed' Is A Flawed But Complex Character Study

The premise — young Belgian Muslim sets out to murder one of his teachers — has drawn sharp criticism; the film itself is "hugely flawed" but more thoughtful than the controversy surrounding it.


After 40 Years, 'A Soldier's Play' Finally Marches Onto Broadway

A Soldier's Play tells the story of a murder in an African American unit of the U.S. Army after World War II. It premiered in 1981 and soon after won a Pulitzer Prize. Now, it's finally on Broadway.

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For The Love Of Motorcycles: Renowned Portland Show Grows From The Ground Up

The One Motorcycle Show in Portland started as an outsider's motorcycle show designed by people who appreciated bikes as art. It's grown into a world-class motorcycle celebration.


Refugee Docents Help Bring A Museum's Global Collection To Life

Attendance at Philadelphia's Penn Museum has shot up since the Global Guides first tours in 2018. The refugee and immigrant docents receive training in archaeology, ancient history and story-telling.


In 'Downhill,' Julia Louis-Dreyfus And Will Ferrell Are 'Not Here To Play It Safe'

In the film Donwhill starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a married couple barely escapes an avalanche during a family ski vacation and are forced to reevaluate their lives.

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'Little Legends' Celebrates Big Lives Of Black History

Vashti Harrison's new picture book showcases black leaders throughout American history — but not just the big names. She also focuses on artists, athletes and scientists who may be less well-known.

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Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder, Dies At 78

The founder of the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which brought an innovative version of Zulu singing to a worldwide audience, died Tuesday in Pretoria. He was 78-years-old.

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At The Oscars, 'Parasite' Makes Best Picture History

Bong Joon-ho's film about families, class and keeping secrets won best picture. It's the first time a film in a language other than English has won the top prize.

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James Taylor Narrates Life Before Fame And Sings American Standards On New Album

James Taylor's had a long and rich career, with hits including "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend." Now he's releasing an audio-only memoir and has a new album of standards coming Feb. 28.