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By the Book: Andre Dubus III

THE AUTHOR, MOST RECENTLY, OF THE NOVEL “GONE SO LONG” IS MOVED BY COMPASSION IN LITERATURE: “THE SENSE THAT THE WRITER IS NOT POKING FUN AT HIS OR HER CHARACTERS, BUT INSTEAD IS GENUINELY CURIOUS ABOUT THEIR LIVES.”

Q: What books are on your nightstand?

A: Right now, sitting on my nightstand under a lamp whose broken base makes the shade lean forward a bit too much, are the books I’ve read in the last couple of weeks or so and the ones I’m getting ready to read next. They are: the gorgeous forthcoming memoir “An Imperfect Rapture,” by Kelly J. Beard; “Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America,” by Alissa Quart; “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer; Denis Johnson’s final book, “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden”; “Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are,” by John Kaag, my friend and colleague at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and “The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir,” by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich.

Q: What’s the last great book you read?

A: “Lolita,” by Vladimir Nabokov.

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