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Book: What happened in Haiti after the quake?

In new book, reporter Jonathan Katz examines what went wrong

As the only full-time U.S.


Book: A rambling mess of a ‘Holiday’

Commentator loses focus on his path

‘Every Day is an Atheist Holiday’
Written by Penn Jillette. Blue Rider Press; 288 pgs., $25.95.


Book: Loverman

A new view of the real Franz Kafka

‘Kafka in Love’
By Jacqueline Raoul-Duval. Other Press; 288 pgs., $15.95.


Book: Novelist Stewart gives tense relationships a home

What keeps the bonds of family strong? Security, trust and support rank high, of course. But many would also add that a sense of place is important.


Season’s readings

10 cool books to cozy up with this winter


By Alice Munro

Knopf, 319 pgs., $26.95


Book: Conversing with a conversationalist

Brian Michael Till has interviewed some of the most powerful people on the planet

For most soon-to-be college graduates, the road often traveled involves either a summer backpacking through a foreign country or worrying about how to pay off their Titanic-sized student loan debt.


Book: Use your words

A look at rhetoric and how to speak like a world leader

‘Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama’
By Sam Leith. Basic Books; 312 pgs., $26.99.


Book: School’s out

A local artist and musician’s fresh start

Carrie Neumayer has pursued three things over the past 15 years and has learned that, sometimes, something’s got to give.


Book: Mystery is a winged creature

Misha Feigin releases a new book of poetry

Can you walk in my skin?
How simple a simple meaning
Can be when what you think
You are is trapped in the solitary


Book: A ‘Trainspotting’ prequel of sorts

By Irvine Welsh. W.W. Norton; 544 pgs., $25.