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February 2021

Vol. 225 / No. 2

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Arts & Culture Books
Tom DeignanJanuary 21, 2021

Emma Donoghue's new novel unfolds over the course of All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day—with a chatty cast of priests, nuns and philosophizing orderlies running about—adding to the sanctified air.

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Joe PagettaJanuary 21, 2021

Aaron J. Leonard’s new book draws from almost 10,000 pages of F.B.I. files on an array of folk artists. It aims to illustrate the considerable impact that the U.S. government’s campaign against Communism had on folk artists in the 1940s and early ’50s.

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Christiana ZennerJanuary 21, 2021

Eric Holthaus experiences climate change as a wound, a rending in the fabric of society and ecology.

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Diane ScharperJanuary 21, 2021

This debut novel by 29-year-old Marieke Lucas Rijneveld won the 2020 International Booker Prize.

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Molly CahillJanuary 21, 2021

in Barack Obama's new memoir, readers get to know a host of colorful characters who played a role in the campaign for the presidency and Obama’s first term in office.

Mary Lou Williams, third from left, with friends in her New York apartment (photo: Alamy).
Arts & Culture Music
Michael Scott AlexanderJanuary 21, 2021

Williams came to write “Mary Lou’s Mass” to capture her feeling of suffering—and its apotheosis.

Arts & Culture Poetry
Tim J. MyersJanuary 21, 2021

red-eared sliders who work the Rio Grande