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Sam Munson

Sam Munson

Sam Munson is the author of “The November Criminals.”

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Edgar Allan Poe & the Juke-Box by Elizabeth Bishop Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 367 pp. $30.00 Elizabeth Bishop’s complete published poetry fills one moderate volume. This goes some...

Saturday by Ian McEwan Nan Talese. 289 pp. $26.00 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer Houghton Mifflin. 326 pp. $24.95 Writing a novel about catastrophic events that are...

The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories Edited by Ben Marcus Anchor. 480 pp. $13.00 When the Nines Roll Over and Other Stories by David Benioff Viking. 223 pp....

There are Jews in My House by Lara Vapnyar Pantheon. 160 pp. $17.95 Twentieth-century Russia produced and drove out enough writers, artists, and intellectuals to staff several small...

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri Houghton-Mifflin. 291 pp. $24.00 The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem Doubleday. 511 pp. $26.00 These two coming-of-age novels, both of them released in the last...

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi Random House. 368 pp. $23.95 This is a very timely book. Azar Nafisi, now teaching at Johns...

McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales Edited by Michael Chabon Vintage. 480 pp. $13.95 (paper) Contemporary fiction is a deceptively fertile patch of ground. More new books are...