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What to read in the dog days of summer; libraries on bikes; a children's book that induces hypnosis; and other news.
by Justin Taylor
The Literary Life
Mia Alvar reads an excerpt from her debut story collection, In the Country, published in June by Knopf.
Legends of the White Lady
If you are beautiful and broke, one place left for you is Asia. Usually when I ran out of money I went to Tokyo—always a face cream or a push-up bra there that could use me. This time, I went to Manila. I’d been there once before, with my roommate Sabine. In cities like these there is a demand for blue eyes and light hair and skin like milk.
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