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Recognizing Ourselves in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 08.25.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Readers can love a novel or short story for many reasons -- including expert prose, a compelling plot, and well-drawn characters. There's also the appeal of what might be called the "recognition apparition."

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

UNKNOWN ART: Writers Imagine The Lives Behind National Portrait Gallery's Unknown Portraits

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

We've all seen someone, whether in a painting or in person, that made us wonder what their story was - how did they get there, what did they do afterw...

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

While you were off spending time with family and friends, you may have missed the weekend's reviews of new books. Here they are now in your weekly boo...