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Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Hot Mess: What We Can Learn From Falstaff

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:28 GMT

In this love letter to the Bard’s “swag-bellied omnivorous cornucopia of appetites,” Harold Bloom argues for Falstaff as one of literature’s vital forces.

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Nonfiction: Their Hours Upon the Stage: Performing ‘Hamlet’ Around the World

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:24 GMT

Naeem Hayat and Tom Lawrence as Hamlet and Laertes at the Odeon Amphitheatre in Amman, Jordan.To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, London’s Globe Theater performed “Hamlet” in 190 countries. Dominic Dromgoole looks back on the run in “Hamlet Globe to Globe.”

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By the Book: John Waters: By the Book

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:00:01 GMT

John WatersThe film director and author of “Make Trouble” says that when a publisher asked him for a blurb for “Transit,” he sent back, “Rachel Cusk is too smart for her own good.”

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American Beauties: ‘With the Old Breed,’ an Intimate Look at Terror in World War II

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:23:46 GMT

E.B. Sledge, right, with Hao Ching Foo, a houseman for Sledge’s platoon, in Beijing in 1945.E.B. Sledge recorded his wartime experiences as they happened on slips of paper he tucked into a Bible. They became the basis for a timeless memoir.

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Help Desk: Sex-Ed for Grown-Ups: A Roundup of Relationship Self-Help

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:01:18 GMT

With books on orgasm equality, sexual freedom and C.E.O.-style marriage prioritizing, loveologists offer new takes on hooking up and settling down.

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Nonfiction: Elizabeth Warren Lays Out the Reasons Democrats Should Keep Fighting

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:38:01 GMT

In “This Fight Is Our Fight,” Elizabeth Warren offers a manifesto for the Democratic resistance to President Trump.

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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Hamlet Globe to Globe’

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:35:16 GMT

Dominic Dromgoole talks about “Hamlet Globe to Globe”; and Judith Newman discusses new books about sex and relationships.

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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:38:19 GMT

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

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Poems of Resistance: A Primer

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:30:38 GMT

These five poems exemplify how American poets are using their art to rage against the right.

American Poets, Refusing to Go Gentle, Rage Against the Right

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:27:34 GMT

Amanda Palmer at a poetry reading at Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, where the stage banter was often political.Like virtually everything else in the Trump era, poetry has gotten sharply political these days.

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Theater to Commission 38 Modern Riffs on Shakespeare

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:38:56 GMT

The opening pages of Shakespeare’s First Folio. The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is holding a contest to create a “modern canon” of companion pieces to his plays.The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is holding a contest to create a “modern canon” of 38 companion pieces to Shakespeare’s plays.

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Fair Game: Elizabeth Warren on Big Banks and Their (Cozy Bedmate) Regulators

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:20:57 GMT

Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, has written a new book full of behind-the-scenes anecdotes showing why our system works so well for the rich and powerful.In a new book, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts takes Wells Fargo to task, along with the system that let it get away with account fraud.

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A Daughter Continues Her Father’s Legacy, and His Series

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:46:24 GMT

Anne HillermanSince Tony Hillerman’s death in 2008, his daughter Anne has written three new novels starring his characters. “Song of the Lion” is the latest.

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Nonfiction: Keep Calm and Kiss the Cat Goodbye: Mass Pet Euthanization Before the Blitz

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:28:49 GMT

A cat is rescued.Hilda Kean’s “The Great Cat and Dog Massacre” looks at the fate of hundreds of thousands of England’s pets during World War II.

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Open Book: Spin Class

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:51:45 GMT

In “Letters to a Young Writer,” Colum McCann hopes to inspire people, and to “save them a little time and heartbreak.”

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Nonfiction: The Hermit-Burglar and the Optimistic Journalist

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:24 GMT

Christopher KnightMichael Finkel’s “The Stranger in the Woods” introduces readers to an unlikely young hermit who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Readers respond to the criticism of authors, perpetuated myths and more.

Nonfiction: How the Charleston Elite Brought on the American Civil War

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:21 GMT

Banner of the Secession Convention.Paul Starobin’s “Madness Rules the Hour” explains how secessionists in Charleston sought to dismantle the Union years before the Civil War.

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Critic’s Take: The Extravagant Jane Bowles: Always on the Edge of Something

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:21 GMT

Jane BowlesA new collection introduces Jane Bowles’s crooked, sui generis prose to a new generation.

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Nonfiction: Restoring the Light to the Work of Louis Kahn

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Louis Kahn in the Yale University Art Gallery.Wendy Lesser’s “You Say to Brick” details how Louis Kahn’s designs helped lift the architectural profession out of its functionalist, modernist rut.

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Fiction: Work-Life Balance Suffers (Even) in Victorian England

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Sarah MossThe pioneering female doctor in Sarah Moss’s novel “Signs for Lost Children” attends to the women in an asylum, not her long-distance marriage.

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Lions of New York: Laurie Anderson’s Glorious, Chaotic New York

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:32 GMT

Laurie Anderson, 69, this month at her home in New York. Ms. Anderson recalled that when she moved to the city in the 1960s, “I was going to go to a dark and dangerous place that was going to be really unpredictable.”From performances for “six people in a loft” to “O Superman,” MTV fame, and her time with Lou Reed, the artist reflects on her many years in New York.

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Nonfiction: What Caused the Depression? A New Overview Spreads the Blame.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:28 GMT

Speculators gather at the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 24, 1929.Charles R. Morris’s “A Rabble of Dead Money” looks beyond Wall Street to the global roots of the Great Depression.

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Fiction: Two Sons Witness the Grip of Addiction in This Gritty Divorce Drama

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Daniel MagarielAfter a divorce, two sons are happy to live with their father in Daniel Magariel’s “One of the Boys.” Then they learn about his crack addiction.

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Fiction: An Uncanny Cat, a Companionable Snake and Displaced Desire

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Pajtim StatovciIn “My Cat Yugoslavia,” a strange and haunting debut by Pajtim Statovci, an exiled mother and son refuse to surrender their dreams.

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Fiction: A Fictional (So Far) History of the Second American Civil War

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:00:16 GMT

Omar El Akkad’s “American War” is a disturbingly plausible tale of a future America torn asunder by its own political and tribal affiliations.

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Paperback Row

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:00:13 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Man Booker International Prize Announces Shortlist

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:40:01 GMT

The Israeli author Amos Oz is one of six writers on the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.Six books, including “Judas” by Amos Oz and “Compass” by Mathias Énard, were shortlisted for the prize, which honors works translated into English.

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Nonfiction: A Plague Year: A Doctor at Work in an Ebola Treatment Unit

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Dr. Steven Hatch carries a patient to the high-risk ward at Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit, Liberia, October 2014.Steven Hatch recounts his experience as an American doctor at an Ebola treatment unit in rural Liberia in the new memoir “Inferno.”

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Books of The Times: In ‘Janesville,’ When the G.M. Plant Closed, Havoc Followed

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:09:43 GMT

Amy Goldstein chronicles in vivid, sophisticated detail the evisceration of life in a Wisconsin town after the loss of its major employer.

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The Shortlist: 3 Very Short Books on 3 Very Big Ideas

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:05:02 GMT

Three short books on tyranny, the First Amendment and Wall Street approach substantial topics in slim volumes.

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Books of The Times: ‘The New Book of Snobs’ Updates the Shifting Science of Social Cues

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:49:01 GMT

D.J. Taylor’s clever and timely work contends that the world would be a poorer place without a bit of insolence and ostentation.

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Nonfiction: People Have Limited Knowledge. What’s the Remedy? Nobody Knows

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:00:23 GMT

In a complex world, people fail to realize just how ignorant they are. In “The Knowledge Illusion,” Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach tell them.

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Match Book: Mom Seeks Novel for Family Book Club, No Kafka or Y.A. Allowed

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:50:01 GMT

In this installment of Match Book, a woman seeks a work of fiction that will unite her “disparate group of avid readers,” also known as her children.

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Fiction: A Debut Calls a Ferrante-Style Female Friendship to the Fore

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:14 GMT

Julie BuntinIn Julie Buntin’s first novel, “Marlena,” the past and present overlap in a portrait of an electric friendship cut short.

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Books of The Times: ‘Shattered’ Charts Hillary Clinton’s Course Into the Iceberg

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:54:24 GMT

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s account of the 2016 presidential election depicts a dysfunctional Clinton campaign and the many mistakes it made.

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