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Sunday, August 12, 2018

8 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books.  

Literary culture can be as guilty as the rest of American society when it comes to favoring the young, both as characters and as authors — when’s the last time anybody released a list of fashionable old writers, an annual tally of (say) “Five Over 65”?

That’s our loss. Age, after all, often brings exactly the ingredients most crucial to literary success, including experience, wisdom and perspective. The proof is in a handful of books we recommend this week, among them “A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety,” by the former poet laureate Donald Hall (who died in June); “Clock Dance,” Anne Tyler’s latest novel, about a retiree who shakes up her placid existence in service of others; and “The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela,” by the legendary civil rights activist who earned his law degree at the tender age of 70, while still incarcerated, and became president of South Africa after his release. Let the young try to keep up.
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Source: New York Time