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Archive for January 2014

Fear of the Shallows

Looking back over the year just ended, I am struck by the proliferation of door-stopper books.  This phenomenon — which afflicted both fiction and non-fiction — emerged in many of the most celebrated books which logged impressive sales numbers.  To cite just a few: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, a novel checking in at 784 pages. In biography, The…

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