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on New Music Titles by Jas Obrecht, Will Friedwald, Fred Hersch, and Lilian Terry

This year has been rich with engaging, insightful music titles – Ben Ratliff’s Every Song Ever, Robbie Robertson’s Testimony, Ted Gioia’s How To Listen to Jazz, David Yaffe’s Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, Elaine Hayes’ Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, and Anthony DeCurtis’ Lou Reed: A Life come

In Brief: on Edan Lepucki’s WOMAN NO. 17, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Feminism, Domenico Starnone’s TIES, & newly found photos by Weegee

“I’m keenly interested in the ways in which parents and their children don’t understand each other,” said Edan Lepucki in an interview at the time her rewarding second novel, Woman No. 17, was published earlier this year.

on Marlena, a novel by Julie Buntin (Henry Holt)

The death of Marlena Joyner – perhaps by drowning, perhaps not – is revealed at the outset of Julie Buntin’s first novel Marlena. The story is told by Catherine or “Cat,” a 32-year old librarian in New York who recalls a mere eight-month period that had occurred 18 years previously.

on New Translations of Writings by Eduardo Galeano, Adonis, and Ryszard Krynicki

Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano, translated by Mark Fried (Nation Books/Hachette)
Concerto al-Quds by Adonis, translated by Khaled Mattawa (Yale University Press)
Magnetic Point: Selected Poems 1968-2014, by Ryszard Krynicki, translated by Clare Cavanagh (New Directions)

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