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‘Severance’ Is A Sardonic Wake-Up Call For All Of Us Stuck In Routine

Ling Ma's Severance is an unusual apocalyptic novel, says critic Maureen Corrigan. Satiric, playful and scary, it lends assurance that humor will linger even as the world comes to an end.

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Dispatches From A ‘Dopesick’ America

Author Beth Macy details opioids' odyssey from medicine to scourge, in her book about young heroin users, their long-suffering parents, doctors, drug company executives, cops, judges and drug dealers.

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‘Sight’ Is A Penetrating Vision Of Motherhood, Science And More

Jessie Greengrass' novel is packed with shimmering sentences and poetic paragraphs from a narrator who's never content to drift along, but must probe "the convoluted crenellations of the mind."

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‘Coyote Doggirl’ Is A Childlike Western With Hidden Depths

Artist Lisa Hanawalt creates kids' stories for grownups, both on TV — she's the production designer for BoJack Horseman — and in her new book Coyote Doggirl, a candy-colored Western saga.

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‘It’s Taken On A Whole Other Life,’ Says ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan

Kwan thought the screen adaptation of his best-selling novel might be a small, independent film. Instead, it has been hailed as a groundbreaking moment for Hollywood casting.

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‘New York Times’ Reports Asia Argento Paid Off An Accuser Of Her Own

Argento has accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. According to documents leaked to the Times, she also paid $380,000 to a man who accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17.

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Enter The Crypt, Tomb, Vault, Coffin (And More) Of Horror Comics

Horror comics enjoyed a golden age in the 1940s and '50s, before people got scared about kids reading gore and terror — but they never went away entirely, and now there's a new generation of scares.

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Once ‘Ball Lightning’ Gets Rolling, This Sci-Fi Mind-Bender Shines

The novel is Chinese writer Cixin Liu's first in English since his "Remembrance of Earth's Past" trilogy. And that series' radical creativity returns in this tale of scientific striving — eventually.

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‘Insecure’ Co-Star Yvonne Orji Says Molly Is A ‘Beautiful Mess’

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In ‘Severance,’ The World Ends Not With A Bang, But A Memo

Ling Ma's shocking and ferocious new novel mashes up a zombie apocalypse story with the everyday tribulations of office life — you may run from zombies but you'll never escape middle management.

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