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Beowulf In The Suburbs? 'The Mere Wife' Is An Epic Retelling

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For too long the Old English poem has long been perceived as a "masculine text," says Maria Dahvana Headley. Her new adaptation is told from the perspective of Grendel's mother.

'Give Me Your Hand' Explores Female Mysteries And Monstrosities

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Abbott's new thriller Give Me Your Hand is set partly in a scientific lab studying a severe form of PMS — she says she's fascinated by "this sort of idea that the female body is monstrous."

Russia — And Grandma — Defy Expectations In 'A Terrible Country'

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When Andrei Kaplan returns to Moscow to care for his grandmother, he hopes to write an article based on her Soviet-era stories. But things don't go according to plan in this new novel by Keith Gessen.

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Bed Of Rosés: 24 Steamy Songs For That Summer Romance-Novel Tryst

Jeremy Messersmith, Lizzo and, of course, Bon Jovi not only soundtrack a delightfully predictable romance novel, but mimic the arc of one in song.

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The Truck, The Choice And The 'Handmaid's Tale' Finale

The second season finale of The Handmaid's Tale was released on Wednesday, and it brought some truths about the series into sharp focus.

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Remembering Steve Ditko: Forget Kirby Dots, Let's Talk Ditko Sparkles

The idiosyncratic co-creator of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and many lesser-known comics characters died last week. His distinctive storytelling style shaped generations of comics readers.

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6 Books For The Beach At The End Of The World

Sometimes, you want to leave the world behind and escape into a book — but if you're in the mood for a good disaster story, we've got a selection of summer reads that are just the right kind of grim.

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A Phone Call Changes Everything In Anne Tyler's 'Clock Dance'

Tyler's new novel — her 21st — follows a woman who thinks she's at the end of the road, widowed and settled into a lonely life, when a mistaken call for help turns her world upside down.

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Evil Children And Overachieving Skeletons: Welcome To The World Of Paperback Horror

When Rosemary's Baby hit the best-seller lists in 1967, it spawned a boom in paperback horror novels. All but forgotten today, they're a wacky feast of killer crabs, evil dolls and busy skeletons.

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Chicano Protests And Celebrity Portraits: George Rodriguez's Los Angeles

The photographer, now 80 years old, pointed his lens at rock stars and Hollywood icons — when he wasn't documenting social justice movements.

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Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' Is A Whodunit ... And A Who Is She?

Amy Adams stars as Camille Preaker in the HBO adaptation of the mystery novel. Flynn helped adapt the book for the screen, and says the story is a murder mystery wrapped around a character study.

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In Search Of American Food

What makes a dish "American" anyway? Chef Edward Lee traveled the country to find out.

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In 'Summerland,' Spies Take Secrets To The Grave — And Beyond

Hannu Rajaniemi's new book imagines an alternate 1930s in which ghosts are real, the afterlife is real — and the disembodied mind of V.I. Lenin is trying to expand Communism from beyond the grave.