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In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:00:08 GMT

A portrait of Walt Whitman, 1853 or 1854.A digital sleuth has discovered an anonymously published 1852 serial novel by the poet, which survived in only a single copy of an obscure newspaper.

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Reader's Notebook: A Different Kind of Dystopian Novel

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:33:39 GMT

Charles A. Lindbergh speaking at a 1941 rally of the isolationist “America First” movement at the Manhattan Center.In Philip Roth’s 2004 alternative history, Charles Lindbergh is in the White House, cozying up to the Third Reich.

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Fiction: Death and Disaster Stalk the Characters in Margaret Drabble’s New Novel

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Margaret Drabble’s “The Dark Flood Rises” is a fictional road trip through various forms of “senior living” in Britain.

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17 Great Books About American Presidents for Presidents’ Day Weekend

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:20:57 GMT

Some of our favorite books by and about presidents from the past few decades.

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By the Book: George Saunders: By the Book

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:00:01 GMT

George SaundersThe author, most recently, of “Lincoln in the Bardo” on his favorite genre: “I love reading anything about gigantic animate blobs of molten iron who secretly long to be concert pianists.”

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A New Phase of ‘Goodnight Moon’?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:58:12 GMT

“Good Day, Good Night,” a book by Margaret Wise Brown, will be published posthumously in October by HarperCollins.How a previously unpublished book by the children’s author Margaret Wise Brown is soon to make an appearance.

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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:26:17 GMT

Mark Billingham’s “Rush of Blood” is a savage satire about good friends whose special bond originated in murder.

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Fiction: Joyce Carol Oates’s Novel Plumbs the Depths of America’s Abortion War

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Joyce Carol Oates tackles America’s abortion war in her new novel, “A Book of American Martyrs,” about the killing of a doctor and its aftermath.

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A Life of Jonathan Swift, Beyond Satire

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Jonathan Swift, circa 1800.In his new biography “Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel,” John Stubbs explores the complex life of the man who penned “Gulliver’s Travels.”

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Michelin Star Mix-Up Throws a Working-Class Bistro Into a Media Storm

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:59:20 GMT

Le Bouche à Oreille in Bourges, a small city in central France, was mistakenly added to a map of Michelin-starred restaurants.Le Bouche à Oreille, a modest restaurant in central France, got an accolade intended for a high-end restaurant of the same name.

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Poetry: A Range of Alter Egos and a Lifetime of Poetic Guises

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:00:01 GMT

In “Almost Complete Poems,” his latest attempt to earn the title poet, Stanley Moss reflects on his life, talents and quest for spiritual strength.

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Michael Novak, Catholic Scholar Who Championed Capitalism, Dies at 83

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:34:16 GMT

Michael Novak at the American Enterprise Institute in 2003.A Roman Catholic social philosopher, Mr. Novak abandoned liberal politics to make the theological and moral case for capitalism in a series of books.

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The Book Review Podcast: Neil Gaiman’s Myths

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:24:14 GMT

Gaiman discusses “Norse Mythology”; Sarah Lyall talks about Ali Smith’s “Autumn”; and Nick Bilton on two new books about Silicon Valley.

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Paperback Row

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:04:02 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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She Began Her Career at Hedge Funds. Now She Reports on Their Crimes.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:25:05 GMT

Sheelah KolhatkarSheelah Kolhatkar, whose “Black Edge” traces the insider trading scandal at SAC Capital, is a former fund analyst herself.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:11:55 GMT

Readers respond to recent reviews of “The New Brooklyn,” “The True Flag” and more.

Open Book: The Harlem Renaissance’s New Chapter

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:11:44 GMT

Claude McKay in the 1920s.Claude McKay’s “lost” novel “Amiable With Big Teeth” is about a group of activists in Harlem during the 1930s.

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Books of The Times: Review: ‘The One Inside’ Presents Sam Shepard in a Minor Key

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:00:36 GMT

This new volume, labeled a work of fiction, provides a sharp-edged distillation of the themes that have preoccupied him throughout his career.

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Bookends: Which Canonical Work is Frequently and Frustratingly Misread?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:41:20 GMT

Rivka GalchenRivka Galchen and Benjamin Moser discuss which classic books are commonly misunderstood.

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The Shortlist: Fiction in Translation

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:30:48 GMT

A singer who breaks race barriers in the theater, a Mexican immigrant living on the edge of survival in an American city and more.

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First, Emil Ferris Was Paralyzed. Then Her Book Got Lost at Sea.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:37:19 GMT

The artist Emil Ferris, who overcame West Nile virus on her way to writing and drawing her first graphic novel, “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.”Ms. Ferris, whom Art Spiegelman calls “one of the most important comics artists of our time,” has just published her first graphic novel.

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Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:44:52 GMT

Illustrations by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Spanish neuroscientist, from the book “The Beautiful Brain.” From left: A diagram suggesting how the eyes might transmit a unified picture of the world to the brain; a purkinje neuron from the human cerebellum; and a diagram showing the flow of information through the hippocampus in the brain.The illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, are featured in the new book “The Beautiful Brain.”

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Fiction: From Ali Smith, It’s the First Great Brexit Novel

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:00:01 GMT

Ali Smith“Autumn,” Ali Smith’s Brexit novel, centers on an abiding May-December friendship.

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Fiction: Doctored Videos Disturb the Inhabitants of a Midwestern Town

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:00:00 GMT

“Universal Harvester,” a new novel by the Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle, subverts a horror movie premise to explore the landscape of grief.

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Ties: Trespassing in Christina’s World

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:00:00 GMT

My dad’s philosophy was that you don’t need money or plans, only a willingness to be present in the moment and to go where inspiration takes you.

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Fiction: A Railroad Runs Through a Tale of Two Kenyas

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Peter KimaniIn “Dance of the Jakaranda,” Peter Kimani explores Kenya’s colonial legacy through the story of the national railroad.

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Irwin Stambler, 92, Dies; Reference Book Writer With Songs in His Heart

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:29:47 GMT

Irwin Stambler and his son Lyndon in an undated photo.Mr. Stambler wrote “The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul,” a tome that established a standard for its breadth, accuracy and readability.

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PEN World Voices to Focus on Literature in the Age of Trump

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:40:21 GMT

Patti SmithThis year’s festival, which runs from May 1-7 in New York, will feature 150 writers in events related to social justice, sexuality and politics.

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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:40:42 GMT

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

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Review: In ‘Big Little Lies,’ Monterey Moms and Their Clichés

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:16:45 GMT

From left, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in “Big Little Lies.”This glossy HBO series set in California doesn’t focus on the mystery at its core but rather on women whose stories involve everyday angst.

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Is This Really Marcel Proust in a Movie?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:34:31 GMT

Though many photos like this one exist of Marcel Proust, a professor believes he has found the only film footage of the French novelist.A professor has discovered a silent black-and-white movie from 1904 that just might show the French author descending church steps at a wedding.

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London Publisher Says He Has Mick Jagger’s Memoir — but Don’t Expect to Read It

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:39:18 GMT

Mick Jagger performing in Oslo in 2014. A London publisher says he has a copy of a 75,000-word memoir in which the singer chronicles his early years in rock ’n’ roll.The work was written decades ago by the Rolling Stones frontman, John Blake said, but the band’s management team would not let him publish it.

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Nonfiction: Her Spirit Guide: The Face Behind a Faith-Shaping Devotional

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:00:01 GMT

In Macy Halford’s “My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir,” Halford’s love of Oswald Chambers’s classic evangelical text prompts a closer look at her own life.

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Shunned by Vogue, Joan Juliet Buck Seeks Inner Peace

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:30:13 GMT

Joan Juliet Buck in her office in the basement of a library in Rhinecliff, N.Y. The former editor of Vogue Paris has just written a memoir, “The Price of Illusion.”The longtime fashion editor has written a memoir, wherein she examines her glamorous, Hollywood-tinged childhood and a checkered career at Condé Nast.

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Books of The Times: Review: ‘Homo Deus’ Foresees a Godlike Future. (Ignore the Techno-Overlords.)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:46:15 GMT

Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens,” from 2015, looked at mankind’s history up to the present. His new work is subtitled “A Brief History of Tomorrow.”

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Bookstores Stoke Trump Resistance With Action, Not Just Words

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:46:52 GMT

A worker stocking shelves at Word in Jersey City, one of many bookstores that have embraced the protest movement against President Trump.Independent shops have become magnets for a growing movement, with some taking a protest role beyond deciding what titles to display.

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Philip Pullman to Release First Volume in New ‘Book of Dust’ Trilogy

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:17:06 GMT

The author Philip Pullman in Oxford, England, last month.The novel, which features a heroine of the series “His Dark Materials,” examines the struggle between totalitarian despots and those who believe in free thought and speech.

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