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Profile: CNN’s Jake Tapper Has Emerged as a Staunch Defender of Facts in the Trump Era. So Why Is He Writing Fiction?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:29:01 GMT

Tapper’s debut novel, “The Hellfire Club,” a historical thriller set in 1950s Washington, has some unsettling parallels to today’s political climate.

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Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:35:14 GMT

Madeleine AlbrightIn her new book, “Fascism: A Warning,” the former secretary of state finds the seeds of authoritarian rule in social, political and economic chaos.

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Q&A: Tracy K. Smith and Jacqueline Woodson Talk Reading, Race and Spreading the Gospel of Literature

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:04 GMT

Tracy K. Smith, left, and Jacqueline Woodson in Manhattan for lunch.One’s the U.S. poet laureate. The other is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Can they bring literature to the masses?

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Books of The Times: In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright Ranges Far and Wide

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:16:05 GMT

The author of “The Looming Tower” and “Going Clear” captures the Lone Star State in all its shame and glory.

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Read The Times’s Reviews of Every Book That Won a 2018 Pulitzer

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:39:33 GMT

Besides the journalism prizes, the committee awarded five Pulitzers to books this week. Here are our reviews.

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Nonfiction: James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:06:19 GMT

James B. Comey testified to the House Intelligence Committee in March 2017. He was fired by the president on May 9.In “A Higher Loyalty,” the former F.B.I. director doesn’t mince words in describing his interactions with President Trump: “This president is unethical, and untethered to truth.”

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Nonfiction: In ‘The Woman’s Hour,’ the Battle Over the 19th Amendment Comes to Life

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:44:13 GMT

After Congress failed to act on the federal suffrage amendment, Alice Paul’s National Woman’s Party went after President Woodrow Wilson and the Democrats in 1916.The deliciousness of the details in Elaine Weiss’s new book suggests that certain historical figures warrant entire novels of their own.

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Fiction: Jo Nesbo Sculpts ‘Macbeth’ Into Shadowy Crime Noir

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:05 GMT

The Norwegian crime writer turns Shakespeare’s tragedy into a fast-paced thriller about murder and corruption in 1970s Glasgow.

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Inside the List: This Best-Selling Author Lives With 4 Dogs, 17 Chickens, 3 Horses, a Pony and a Cat

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:15 GMT

Lisa ScottolineShe may care for a veritable menagerie, but Lisa Scottoline still writes three books a year, including the just-published thriller “After Anna.”

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Fiction: In This Novel, a Grieving Widow Becomes the Detective Hero

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:12 GMT

“The Bible of Dirty Jokes,” by Eileen Pollack, tracks a middle-aged woman’s quest to find her lost brother and her own independence.

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Nonfiction: A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:13 GMT

The Harvard geneticist David Reich details his groundbreaking research into ancient DNA in “Who We Are and How We Got Here.”

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Fiction: A War Correspondent Comes Home, Bringing War With Her

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:12 GMT

The heroine of Wendell Steavenson’s novel, “Paris Metro,” hoping to find safety for her Iraqi stepson in France, encounters danger instead.

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The Shortlist: Four Books Explore Various Aspects of Cities Past and Present

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:11 GMT

Ecology, eccentricity, celebrity, policy: Urban living brings it all together.

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Paperback Row

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:12 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Fiction: When a Young Immigrant Vanishes in London, Can a Wildlife Biologist Help?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:11 GMT

In Aminatta Forna’s novel “Happiness,” an American biologist and a Ghanaian psychiatrist find common ground among the urban dispossessed.

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Nonfiction: How Picasso Became Picasso

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:11 GMT

Pablo Picasso in 1946.In “Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World,” Miles J. Unger follows the painter’s early career, culminating in “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.”

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Nonfiction: When to Wage War, and How to Win: A Guide

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:08 GMT

John Lewis Gaddis’s “On Grand Strategy” is a study of global thinking at the highest levels.

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Sketchbook | The Literati: Agatha Christie Solves the Mystery of Happiness in Marriage

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:07 GMT

When the author of “Murder on the Orient Express” rode that very train on a journey toward true love.

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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:01 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Edwin Clark on “The Great Gatsby.”

Letters to the Editor

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Sergio Pitol, Inventive and Honored Mexican Author, Dies at 85

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:15:27 GMT

Sergio Pitol delivering a speech at the University of Alcala, near Madrid, in 2006, after receiving the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world.Mr. Pitol won the prestigious Cervantes Prize for a body of work that blended genres. King Juan Carlos I of Spain said it “seduced us with the truth.”

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Otherworldly: Princesses, Priestesses and Time Travel: What’s New in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:30:05 GMT

Amal El-Mohtar looks at new retellings of ancient tales, including a space opera, a futuristic “King Lear,” and an eco-thriller.

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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:32:54 GMT

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

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Nonfiction: The Essays Are Personal. The Truths Are Universal.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:52:25 GMT

Sloane CrosleySloane Crosley’s third collection, “Look Alive Out There,” blends deep pathos with the author’s signature humor.

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Cleo Wade Is Everybody’s BFF

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:22:49 GMT

Cleo Wade at her bohemian apartment, which overlooks Tompkins Square Park in the East Village of Manhattan.The Instagram poet’s besties include Katy Perry, Reese Witherspoon and Senator Cory Booker. “I consider him family,” Ms. Wade said.

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Unbuttoned: James Comey Still Looks the Part

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:01 GMT

James B. Comey being sworn in during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington in 2017.The former F.B.I. director has made the rounds this week, offering his take on what “ethical leadership” means. If we’re going by appearances, it’s a lot like the movies.

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Fiction: A Paralyzed Army Vet Walks Again. Is He Healed — or Is It a Hoax?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:30:04 GMT

In his funny, bighearted new novel, “Anatomy of a Miracle,” Jonathan Miles skewers faith, fame and what the truth means to different people.

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Venice Architecture Biennale to Honor Kenneth Frampton

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:46:05 GMT

Kenneth Frampton, a historian from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, will receive the award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale.The historian and critic, whom the biennale’s president called “a maestro,” will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

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Fiction: For These Characters, Foreign Cultures Are Just Another Consumer Good

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:42:20 GMT

The globe-trotting cosmopolitans in Michelle de Kretser’s satirical new novel, “The Life to Come,” make a fetish of travel and prepare exotic meals with an eye to Instagram.

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Feature: How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep Into Big Business

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:14:20 GMT

This generation’s Doctor Spock popularized the swaddle and simple techniques for soothing infants. Why is he now selling a $1,160 robotic bassinet?

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Nonfiction: Can Sobriety Be as Interesting as Addiction? A Writer Wonders

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:30:04 GMT

Leslie JamisonIn “The Recovering,” the novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison explores her own alcoholism and the struggle to make art out of giving up drinking.

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Bill Nack, Who Covered the Horses From Up Close, Dies at 77

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:25:59 GMT

Bill Nack in a stable in Virginia in 1993. In articles for Sports Illustrated and in a biography of Secretariat, he observed horse racing with a literary eye from the stable to the track.

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Books of The Times: After Disaster, Japan Seals Itself Off From the World in ‘The Emissary’

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:09:36 GMT

Yoko Tawada’s new novel imagines a time in which language starts to vanish and the elderly care for weakened children.

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Superman Turns 80. The Red Trunks Still Fit.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:39:07 GMT

Memorable moments in comics on the hero’s way to this milestone, from his debut to his marriage to Lois Lane and more.

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Nonfiction: Freeman Dyson’s Life, Through His Letters

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:07 GMT

Freeman Dyson in 1963.In “Maker of Patterns,” the renowned physicist presents his correspondence, revealing observations about the great minds of the 20th century.

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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:08 GMT

A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Genre Fiction by Black Writers, About Black Characters

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:01 GMT

Fiction that runs the gamut from horror and fantasy to science fiction and mystery, all told from a nonwhite perspective.

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Courtroom Drama: Producer Offers to Stage Disputed ‘Mockingbird’ for Judge

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:09:36 GMT

Before she died in 2016, Harper Lee agreed to let Aaron Sorkin convert “To Kill A Mockingbird” into a stage drama. How much license she granted him remains an issue.The disagreement over the characterization of Atticus Finch expands to a second lawsuit between the producers and the Lee estate.

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New York Times and New Yorker Share Pulitzer for Public Service

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:05:16 GMT

Reporters and editors at The New York Times on Monday after their articles detailing allegations of sexual harassment by powerful men, including the film mogul Harvey Weinstein, helped The Times win the Pulitzer Prize for public service.Reporting on sexual harassment — including the predations of the film mogul Harvey Weinstein — was recognized by the Pulitzer board. The New York Times won in three categories.

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Front Burner: A Favorite in a Full Field of Drinks for Derby Day

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:46:37 GMT

“Julep” by Alba Huerta also offers recipes for bar snacks.“Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned” has recipes for drinks of the South, including the mint julep, in time for Derby Day.

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Books of The Times: Scorching, Sophisticated New Work From Two of America’s Leading Poets

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:13:00 GMT

“Wade in the Water” is the latest collection by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, while the prolific and acclaimed Kevin Young returns with “Brown.”

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The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:33:59 GMT

A customer at Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco reading one of the short stories doled out by Short Edition’s story dispenser.Put away that smartphone! A French company has created stand-alone kiosks to deliver printed short stories to patrons of cafes, libraries and airports.

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Q&A: Why Paul Theroux Loves Cape Cod

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:36:34 GMT

Wychmere Harbor on Cape Cod.As a child, the author was taken with the sunshine and beaches. He now spends every summer there because “nothing ever changes.”

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Disarming Humor in ‘Heads of the Colored People’

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:00:01 GMT

Nafissa Thompson-Spires’s debut story collection shares its title with a collection of sketches by a 19th-century abolitionist.

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Another Harry Potter Landmark: At $68 Million, the Most Expensive Broadway Nonmusical Play Ever

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 17:44:28 GMT

The Lyric Theater underwent major renovations for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” including exterior additions that are symbolic to the play: a wing on the facade and a rooftop nest with a child huddled inside.In a sign of high expectations for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the producers and theater owners spent lavishly, even paying Cirque du Soleil to clear out of the space.

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Jean Marzollo, 75, Dies; Her ‘I Spy’ Books Challenged Children

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:26:51 GMT

Jean Marzollo in 2018. She wrote more than 150 children’s books, some factual, some fanciful, all for young — often very young — readers.The books, among more than 150 she wrote, sent millions of young readers searching for objects in elaborate photo collages.

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Children’s Books: Speaking Truth, Beautifully, to Shattered Young People

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:02:42 GMT

Kwame AlexanderElizabeth Acevedo, Kwame Alexander, Juan Felipe Herrera and Naomi Shihab Nye write unforgettable verse about love, loss and the pain and joy of growing up.

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