“Nora Ephron: A Biography” in Five Remarkable Acts

A review of “Nora Ephron: A Biography” in five acts.

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“Bright” Examines Love, Family, and Human Nature

Part experimental essay collection, part memoir, Kiki Petrosino’s “Bright” is a stunning examination of love, family, and human nature.

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A Different Kind of Connection in “The Quiet Zone”

A review of “The Quiet Zone,” a nonfiction book about the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia which prides itself on being free of WiFi.

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An Exploration of Tackiness

“The Tacky South,” a collection of essays edited by Katharine A. Burnett and Monica Carol Miller, features a wide range of writers examining instances of “tackiness” to explain how this particular aesthetic category has functioned over time, and with Dolly Parton as a recurring centerpiece.

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“Daffodil Hill” Is a True Story About Resilience, Autonomy, and Farm Animals

A review of Jake Keiser’s memoir, “Daffodil Hill.”

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The Myth of Resilience Recast: Emi Nietfeld’s “Acceptance”

With insight and humor, Emi Nietfeld’s memoir, “Acceptance,” interrogates the social structures that sometimes supported and frequently ensnared Nietfeld as a young woman.

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An Outsider’s Reckoning in “Twilight in Hazard”

In “Twilight in Hazard,” journalist Alan Maimon weaves political commentary, social analysis, and personal narrative of Appalachia.

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