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Parul Sehgal

Editor, The New York Times Book Review — The New York Times

Senior editor at The New York Times Book Review.

book club and discussion. — Slate critics discuss Rebecca Traister's magisterial book on how unmarried women are changing America. To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Eligible, click the arrow on the player below. critics Meghan O'Rourke, Parul Sehgal, and Katy Waldman discuss All the Single Ladies , Rebecca Traister's far-ranging book on how unmarried women are reshaping America.

French Feminist Pulp That Spares No Pain — "I am writing as an ugly one for the ugly ones." So begins "King Kong Theory," the French writer and filmmaker ­Virginie Despentes's agreeably dyspeptic feminist manifesto published in France in 2006 and America four years later, in a translation by Stéphanie Benson.

Remade by Terror — The woman in the photograph doesn't look frightened, even though she has reason to be; on the other side of the crumbling wall behind her, a small boy is pointing a big gun at someone just outside the frame. Something in her posture, however, the way she cranes her head to look at the boy, suggests impatience more than anything else.

The Forced Heroism of the ‘Survivor’ — For most of her life, Virginia Woolf suffered from what she called "looking-glass shame," an aversion to seeing herself in mirrors. She wrote about it late in her career, not long before her suicide, recalling that the trouble began with one particular mirror.

Book club and discussion. — critics Meghan O'Rourke, Parul Sehgal, and Katy Waldman discuss When Breath Becomes Air , the unfinished memoir of a talented neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi, who was diagnosed with lung cancer at 36. Kalanithi writes movingly about the moral aspect of medicine, the surreal transition from doctor to patient, and the even more surreal fact of mortality.

New Ways of Being — The migrant is the "defining figure of the 20th century," Salman Rushdie wrote 20 years ago in the literary magazine Granta. In "this century of wandering," of refugees and writers in exile carrying "cities in their bedrolls," migrants taught us what it was to be human, he said, because they'd lost those very things that gave shape to their humanity - roots, culture, social knowledge - and were forced to devise new ways of being.

Inside the List - — A Tougher, Freer Writer: "How is it possible to feel exiled from a language that isn't mine? That I don't know?" Jhumpa ­Lahiri's first nonfiction book - and first work in Italian - "In Other Words," a memoir translated by Ann Goldstein, debuts on the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 8 this week.

Fighting ‘Erasure’ — Efforts to force collective amnesia are as old as conquest. The Roman decree damnatio memoriae - ''condemnation of memory'' - punished individuals by destroying every trace of them from the city, down to chiseling faces off statues. It was considered a fate worse than execution.

Book club and discussion. — Trying to discuss a Jonathan Franzen novel without digressing into the Franzen publicity storm is somewhat like attempting to make the eggplant emoji mean "eggplant." But this month, critics Meghan O'Rourke, Parul Sehgal, and Katy Waldman do their best with Purity , a sweeping, Dickensian book about a young woman in search of her origins.

Invisible Designs — Bohumil Hrabal died only once - in Prague, on Feb. 3, 1997 - but there are at least two versions of the story. In the first, Hrabal - one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century; the scourge of state censors; the gregarious bar hound and lover of gossip, beer, cats and women (in roughly that order) - slipped from a window while feeding birds at the hospital where he was being treated for arthritis.
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