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Return of the Nonexistent

Can a son’s failure to have a bar mitzvah be a mitzvah?

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Mothers’ Little Helpers

Guidebooks quell the anxieties of raising up a child

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Guess Who’s Coming to Seder

A Passover in Berlin stirs up questions of freedom and faith

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Managed Care

Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference

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Late Bloomer

A nonagenarian gives the memoir thing a go, revisiting his hard-knock Lancashire boyhood

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The Comfort Zone

In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.

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The Man Who Would Be King

Thirty years ago, Leslie Epstein raised hackles with his fictional take on the Lodz ghetto

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A Death in Books

A son faces the ghosts his father left behind

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Shadow Cities

For Andr

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Babylon and On

Naim Kattan’s memoir of his Iraqi boyhood tells a familiar tale: Jews were here. Now they are not.

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Laughing Out Loud

Adam Gopnik follows the yuks from Groucho to his 12-year-old son

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Family History

In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.

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Jonesin’ for a Booker

How to get yourself noticed

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Death Wish

A tour through my private Grand Guignol

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Total Recall

Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?

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The Odd-Bod

In literary London, Elias Canetti was everybody’s favorite refugee

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Tough Times

Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick

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Out of the Picture

An attraction to artists and exiles

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Up Close and Personal?

When Walter Abish wrote about Germany sight unseen, critics tried to explain him. Does his memoir make him any easier to read?

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‘Strangely Independent of Place’

Augie March, who turns 50 this year, starts his journey in Chicago. Bellow avoided it altogether while creating this legendary character, but no matter where he went, the city dominated his imagination.