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Review: Fall in Love with Emma Donoghue’s ‘The Wonder’

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“Lib wrote down, 1:13 p.m., 1 tsp. water. Not that quantity mattered, she supposed, except that she wanted to be able to give a full account of anything the child ingested on her watch.” For fans of historic classics such as The Kite Runner and Angela’s Ashes, The Wonder (Little, Brown & Company, September 20, 2016) will have you on a suspicious journey of religion and ethics. Warning: You may want to add this book to the top of your reading list. To say Emma Donoghue has a way with words is an understatement. For those who have read her heart-stopping novel, Room, you understand exactly what I’m talking about. The way Donoghue captures the voice of 5-year-old Jack is reflected perfectly in…

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Review: Susan Cheever Reveals the Secret History of Drinking in America

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“Here’s to alcohol,” Homer Simpson once famously said, “the cause of—and solution to—all of life’s problems.” This simple quote from one of America’s great animated philosophers might sum up our country’s relationship with booze, from the days of the pilgrims all the way to today’s latest age of (relative) temperance. Or so might say Susan Cheever, author of Drinking in America: Our Secret History (Twelve; October 12, 2015). The book is a unique cultural tour seen through the perspective of one of our favorite pastimes—and one of our darkest problems. “Since the beginning, drinking and taverns have been as much a part of American life as churches and preachers, or elections and politics,” Cheever writes. “The interesting truth, untaught in…

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