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Ghosts Haunt 'The Inheritance,' From E.M. Forster, To The Generation Lost To AIDS

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The next big thing on Broadway might live up to the hype. The Inheritance takes E.M. Forster's Howards End into modern day Manhattan — the seven-hour play has been compared to Angels In America.

'The Pursuit Of William Abbey' Travels A Twisty Path

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Claire North's new book starts with a doctor witnessing an atrocity in Africa in 1884, but becomes a spy thriller, a horror story, a supernatural mystery and an indictment of capitalism and empire.

'The Crown' Gets A Fresh Polish

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The cast has changed, but the formula — i.e., heavy hangs the (figure)head that wears the crown — remains comfortingly intact.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Nickel Boys,' 'Other Americans' Among Nominees For Aspen Words Prize

The literary prize, which honors fiction that tackles tough social issues, has announced a longlist of 16 titles. The nominees for the $35,000 prize include some big names and plenty of debuts.

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What's Good, What's Bad And What's Back On Disney+

The Disney streaming service premiered this week with a combination of existing content from several giant brands, new originals and technical difficulties.

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'Queen Of The Conquered' Serves Revenge With Delicacy And Savagery

In their new novel, Kacen Callender builds a vast, immersive landscape based on the colonial history of the Caribbean, but it's their morally conflicted heroine who will really hook readers.

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'Mama Hissa's Mice' Creep Through A Dystopian Future Kuwait

Saud Alsanousi's novel follows a group of Kuwaiti kids growing up in the 1980s — then jumps to a near future torn by sectarian violence. It's a resonant book that asks more questions than it answers.

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'Badass': The 1 Word That Has Become A Lightning Rod For Many Female Chefs

In her new book, Charlotte Druckman asks over 100 female chefs and food writers if there are any words or phrases they wish people would stop using to describe them. One word was a bit of a surprise.

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London's 'Mudlark' Pulls Treasure From The Thames

"Mudlarks" were the people who made a living picking objects out of the mud along the River Thames. Writer Lara Maiklem follows in their tracks; she chronicles her journeys in a new book, Mudlark.

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Graphic Adaptation Of 'Heart Of Darkness' Takes On Canonical Racism, Artfully

Artist Peter Kuper has adapted Joseph Conrad's classic Heart of Darkness in a way that undercuts Conrad's depiction of Africa as a place of existential horror, and centers the African characters.

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The Booker Prize Is Shared By The 12 Black Brits In 'Girl, Woman, Other'

Bernardine Evaristo's new award-winning novel follows a dozen different characters, aged 19-93. "I wanted to put as many black British women into it as possible," the author says.

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Scandal Brings Down A Remarkable College Basketball Team In 'The City Game'

The '50 City College of New York Beavers were the only team to win the NIT and the NCAA tournaments. Matthew Goodman's book details how a point-shaving plot came to dominate the team's legacy.

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Christmas, Pleasant: 'Last Christmas' Gives You Its Heart

Paul Feig directs Emilia Clarek, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson (who co-wrote the script) in a Yule-themed "fun, if shaggy, character study."

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