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A Reader's Digest

Magazine article Out

A Reader's Digest

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THE LIT YEAR, REVIEWED BY SOME OF OUR FAVORITE NOTABLES

DEADFUNNY: HUMOR IN HITLER'S GERMANY RUDOLPH HERZOG (Melville House)

"An appallingly serious and sober study of the most politically incorrect question of all time - was anything ever funny if you were a Jew under Nazism?" - John Waters, director of A Dirty Shame and Hairspray

FULLFRONTAL FEMINISM - JESSICA VALENTI (Seal Press)

"Supposedly written for young women, this book should be the feet-wetting book for anyone, especially men, who want to begin to appreciate the way in which we see, distort, treat, undermine, support, and ultimately divide ourselves into gender." - Tarell Alvin McCraney, author of the Brother/Sister plays

THE PREGNANT WIDOW MARTIN AMIS (Knopf)

"It's a rapturous. Nabokovian account of a horny English teen's summer in an Italian castle full of beautiful youngsters- a sensualist's salute (frequently comic) to his own sexual awakening." -Edmund White

- THE STRANGER'S CHILD ALAN HOLUNGHURST (Knopf)

"Lyrical, sumptuously descriptive, and psychologically acute, this novel covers 100 years of English history to reveal that one of the most important poems of the first World War was actually written to a boy and not, as everyone has always assumed, to a girl." -Edmund White, author of Hotel de Dream and A Boy's Own Story

MYPRIZES: AN ACCOUNTING THOMAS BERNHARD (Knopf)

"Quick-witted attacks on the very organizations that rewarded this famously grumpy German author with literary accolades. …

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