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Harvard Law School Librarians Celebrate Freedom to Read in Banned Books Read Out

Patrons looking to enter the Harvard Law School library Wednesday afternoon had to navigate around a dozen librarians and staff members, who crowded the front steps as they took turns reading aloud selections from their favorite banned books and authors.


Harvard Authors Spotlight: Elif Batuman

The plentiful insights in her published writings are reflective of her inquisitive nature, but a short interaction with the author reveals that she is also a lifelong learner — still as curious about humanity and society as ever.


‘I Kissed Shara Wheeler’ Review: A Perfect Rom-Com

In “I Kissed Shara Wheeler,” McQuiston’s latest foray into the world of young adult romance, readers meet another set of couples grappling with much of the same challenges as those in “One Last Stop” (2021) and “Red, White & Royal Blue” (2019).


'Yerba Buena' Review: Understated, Bittersweet, Brilliant

“Yerba Buena” is a mature novel through and through. LaCour demonstrates remarkable agility in retaining the more favorable aspects of young adult fiction while also taking the story to new depths.


Jennifer Egan Owns Her Unconscious

Readers of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan gathered at the Brattle Theater on Friday, April 8, for an hour-long event featuring a reading and Q&A from the author’s latest novel, “The Candy House.”


The Words We Lose: The Merits and Disadvantages of Reading Translated Literature

Translating a text from one language to another is doubtless a difficult undertaking for myriad reasons, but the reality of an untranslatable word or phrase presents perhaps the most thought-provoking dilemma for translators and linguists everywhere.


‘Checkout 19’ Review: Why We Need Stories to Live

Part autofiction of a young writer, part philosophical encounter with humanity’s inherent and misconstrued darkness, and part subtle but raging feminist outcry, “Checkout 19” is nothing short of astounding.


The Best Spring Reads for All Occasions

Spring has sprung! In Boston, it’s more like a second winter, but whether you prefer rainy grays or budding blooms, The Crimson has the best book recommendations for all your spring reading needs.


‘Juniper & Thorn’ Review: A Fairytale with Teeth

“Juniper & Thorn” is a fairytale, but not in the way that Disney has led one to expect. Instead, Reid’s novel expertly crafts a world of monsters and monstrous men to explore the consequences of patriarchy and trauma.


‘Violeta’ Review: An Average Novel from an Above Average Author

Allende’s latest work gives her fans many of the hallmarks they’ve come to expect: heart wrenching but honest depictions of the Pinochet regime and complex, interwoven, endlessly interesting family dynamics.


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