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Chapter Closeup: Living a New York State of Mind

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When Sam Flores volunteered to host the New York Chapter of the Girly Book Club (G.B.C.), she had no idea what she was signing up for. But she’s never looked back. As one would expect, the New York chapter is one of the network’s largest, with 3,500 members. Naturally, they can’t all attend the meetings, but a good mix of first-timers and returning women either pop in live or follow events online. Flores, by day a digital advertising manager for Time Inc., exemplifies the typical New Yorker in so many ways when she’s not buried in a book: taking advantage of 24-hour access to stores, restaurants, people-watching, traveling and training for this fall’s New York City Marathon. “My favorite part…

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Book to Movie: 3 Books Capturing the Uneasy Times of American Pastoral

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The film adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral, releases in theaters this Friday, October 21 and it looks amazing:   The film stars Ewan McGregor as Swede Levov, a charmed man who seems to be living the perfect American Dream. But then 1968 rolls around, and his once-loving daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) commits a political crime that kills an innocent bystander and blows up Swede’s once perfect world. Now, Swede’s marriage is in trouble, his daughter is on the run, and he has to confront the reality of what the ‘American Pastoral’ truly means. The book is dark, compelling and compassionate, and the film promises to live up to its status as a modern classic. But once the…

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Review: The Weird Greatness of Nathan Hill’s “The Nix”

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A lot of people have called Nathan Hill’s debut novel, The Nix (Knopf, August 30, 2016), one of the best of the year. They’re absolutely right. This willfully sprawling, imperfectly ambitious novel contains so many shades of other books that I love that, upon reflection, it’s startling to consider the unique sort of excellence Hill has been able to achieve. To inadequately sum up a massive, 620 page novel, the story follows the relationship between an aloof son and his estranged mother. Samuel Andresen-Anderson, a 30-something college English professor obsessed with “World of Elfscape,” starts researching the life of his mother, Faye, after she gets caught on camera throwing rocks at a horrible politician. She had abandoned him without warning…

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