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Books of The Times: Keeping Up With New Delhi’s 1 Percent in ‘The Windfall’

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:26:58 GMT

Diksha BasuIn Diksha Basu’s debut novel, set in a wealthy enclave of New Delhi, characters with old and new money feel status anxiety.


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Books of The Times: Review: Francis Spufford’s First Novel Is a Swashbuckling Tale

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:40:43 GMT

Francis Spufford“Golden Hill” follows the misadventures of a handsome young stranger who arrives in New York from London, hoping to cash in on a fortune.


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Fiction: The Characters in Ann Beattie’s New Stories Are Boomers in a Millennial World

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Ann BeattieAnn Beattie’s latest story collection takes her familiar baby boomer characters and maroons them in 21st-century social and political disarray.


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Books News: Liveright to Publish Nelson Mandela’s Letters From Prison

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:54:22 GMT

The publisher expects to issue a volume of selected correspondence in 2018, with a fuller two-volume set to follow. See one of the letters here.


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Match Book: Dear Match Book: What Books Best Capture Science and Nature?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:01 GMT

A book club focused on literature of the environment, from nature memoirs to natural history and science, seeks to expand its reading list.


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Nonfiction: A Life of Toscanini, Maestro With Passion and Principles

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:37 GMT

Arturo ToscaniniIn his new biography, “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience,” Harvey Sachs presents a demanding but tenderhearted genius who stood up to fascism and hate.


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The Book Review Podcast: ‘The Boy Who Loved Too Much’

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:11:52 GMT

Jennifer Latson talks about “The Boy Who Loved Too Much”; Daniel Menaker discusses two new books about how to understand others and make ourselves understood.


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By the Book: Don Winslow: By the Book

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:15 GMT

Don WinslowThe author of “The Force” lists Ross Macdonald, James Crumley, Charles Willeford, Chester Himes and Robert B. Parker among his favorite classics: “Those guys turned crime writing into music.”


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Nonfiction: How Martin Luther King Persuaded John Kennedy to Support the Civil Rights Cause

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:15 GMT

President John F. Kennedy, November 1963In “Kennedy and King,” Steven Levingston tells the story of an ardent activist, a cautious President, and leadership of a curious nature.


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Unbuttoned: Your Literary Idols and Their Wardrobes

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:00:04 GMT

Clockwise from top left, Samuel Beckett, Zadie Smith, John Updike, Fran Lebowitz, Joan Didion and Malcolm Gladwell.Think that it doesn’t matter what a writer wears? A new book says otherwise.


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Michael Bond, Paddington Bear Creator, Is Dead at 91

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:49:12 GMT

Michael Bond, the British author who created Paddington Bear. His books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and have been translated into at least 40 languages.The character — disaster-prone but good-natured and always polite — was the hero of children’s novels, picture books and animated television series.


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Nonfiction: Tracing the Origins of the New York Police Department

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:25 GMT

On patrol in the 1850s.In “Law and Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD,” Bruce Chadwick reveals how incompetent constables, riots and rising crime convinced New Yorkers they needed an official police force.


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Maria’s Picks: Board Books to Get Babies Talking

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:25 GMT

The Times’ children’s book editor, Maria Russo, picks 9 adorable books made for infants and toddlers that can help them make the leap to language.


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Margaux Fragoso, Memoirist Who Wrote Hauntingly of Sexual Abuse, Dies at 38

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:59:20 GMT

Margaux Fragoso“Tiger, Tiger,” Ms. Fragoso’s graphic account of her relationship with a much older man, was considered one of the more notable books of the year when it was released in 2011.


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Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, Who Made Jewish Prayer Books Clear to All, Dies at 73

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:38:54 GMT

Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, left, president of ArtScroll Mesorah, and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, the company’s general editor, in February 2005. The men were business partners for 41 years.His company, ArtScroll Mesorah, provides prayer books and volumes of the Torah and Talmud for the Orthodox Jewish community written in everyday English.


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Front Burner: Picnic Ideas From the Fortnum & Mason Cookbook

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:53:19 GMT

An illustration in Fortnum & Mason’s new cookbook.Written by the British food critic Tom Parker Bowles, this cookbook includes English recipes for a plethora of stately occasions.


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Books News: Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals First Book Acquisition, and Her A.L.A. Book Club Pick

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Sarah Jessica ParkerHer first acquisition, by the debut novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza, follows an Indian-American family.


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The Shortlist: Four Timely Memoirs from the Halls of Medicine

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Four doctors—a nephrologist, a pediatrician, a cardiologist and a psychiatrist—on what ails their patients and their profession.


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Hope Ryden, Wildlife Protector and Photographer, Dies at 87

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:43:19 GMT

Hope Ryden developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad as a Pan Am flight attendant in the 1950s.Ms. Ryden developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad as a flight attendant, and became a full-time naturalist and animal-rights advocate.


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Op-Ed Contributor: Why Grown-Up Muggles Should Read ‘Harry Potter’

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:55:55 GMT

On the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s series, a superfan explains why the books still make him cry.


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Books of The Times: Edwidge Danticat Wrestles With Death, in Life and in Art

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:00:55 GMT

Edwidge Danticat“The Art of Death” chronicles the death of the author’s mother, as well as the ways other writers, from Tolstoy to Didion, have treated the end of life.


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As if He Isn’t Busy Enough: Met Museum Head to Write Book

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:04:04 GMT

Daniel H. Weiss is writing a book about the American experience during the Vietnam era.Daniel H. Weiss has sold a book about America’s experience in the Vietnam era to PublicAffairs, he confirmed Monday. He became the museum’s top official this month.


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Nonfiction: Why America’s Great Cities Are Becoming More Economically Segregated

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:23 GMT

A house is demolished as part of gentrification in Detroit’s North End.In “The New Urban Crisis,” Richard Florida argues that the revival of central cities has made them more unequal and more segregated.


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Fiction: From City to Jungle, a New Novel Summons the Politics and History of Two Islands

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea don’t seem so different in Nick Laird’s new novel, “Modern Gods.”


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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The Mind of God’

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:57:34 GMT

The neurologist and author Jay Lombard.The neurologist Jay Lombard discusses the brain and its connection to what he describes as our deeper, spiritual underpinnings.


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20 Years of L.G.B.T.Q. Lit: A Timeline

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:47:04 GMT

From “The Vagina Monologues” to “The End of Eddy,” here are 25 books by and about L.G.B.T.Q. individuals that have shaped the genre.


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For These Collaborators, There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Best Seller’

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:16:58 GMT

Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson and the novelist Nicole Galland have teamed up on a fantasy story, “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.,” at No. 11 in hardcover fiction.


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Open Book: Class Ed.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:17:29 GMT

In a new book, Joan C. Williams says progressives have a strategic and ethical responsibility to try to understand the white working class.


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sketchbook / graphic review: ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:34:24 GMT

A graphic review of Steven Pinker’s book about the dramatic decline of violence in human affairs over history.


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Nonfiction: A Trip to Southern Italy to Shed Light on a Family Scandal

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:20:22 GMT

Helene StapinskiHelene Stapinski has been haunted by the thought of her “criminal genes.” In “Murder in Matera,” she investigates her family’s past.


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Nonfiction: Why Did Lincoln Move So Slowly to Abolish Slavery? Because He Was a Racist, This Book Argues.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Abraham Lincoln, February 1861.Fred Kaplan’s “Lincoln and the Abolitionists” emphasizes the distance between them.


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The Shortlist: Four New Collections of Omnivorous Literary Criticism

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:26 GMT

These writers range widely, giving free play to their personal aesthetics and their avid curiosity.


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Nonfiction: Where Do Babies Come From? And Why Did It Take Scientists So Long to Find Out?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Leonardo da Vinci’s sketch ”Study of the foetus in the womb,” ca. 1510.For centuries, the mysteries of egg and sperm eluded even the greatest minds, Edward Dolnick writes in “The Seeds of Life.”


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Fiction: When the Fox Becomes a Friend

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Paula CocozzaIn Paula Cocozza’s hypnotic first novel, “How to Be Human,” a lonely woman strikes up a relationship with a feral fox.


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Fiction: A Nuanced Novel Examines the Mystery of Radicalization

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Laleh Khadivi’s novel “A Good Country” poses the question: How does a studious American boy, the child of prosperous Iranian immigrants, fall into radical Islam?


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