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Books of The Times: A Pulpy New Novel and Juiceless Old Essays From Mario Vargas Llosa

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:20:49 GMT

“The Neighborhood” finds an influential Peruvian industrialist caught in a tabloid scandal, and “Sabers and Utopias” is a collection of political essays from the past five decades.

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Nonfiction: An Irish Flâneur, Greeting the Past on His Present Wanderings

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:18 GMT

John Banville at the Grand Canal at Percy Place.John Banville’s “Time Pieces” takes the acclaimed novelist back to the Dublin of his youth, recalling people and places that still live in his memory.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Inside the Fevered Minds of Sports Fans

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:00:01 GMT

To write “Superfans,” George Dohrmann spoke to everyday fans, academics and scientists about what it is that drives our vicarious competitive mania.

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Books News: A Prisoner Got a Book Deal. Now the State Wants Him to Pay for His Imprisonment.

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:32:23 GMT

Curtis Dawkins in an undated family photo.Curtis Dawkins, a fiction writer who is serving a life sentence for murder in Michigan, says his children shouldn’t have to pay for his sins.

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Fiction: Three Lives, and the Tenuous Ties That Bind Them

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:00:24 GMT

In “Asymmetry,” Lisa Halliday weaves the tale of a May-December love affair into the account of an Iraqi-American economist detained at Heathrow.

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Essay: The Iceman Cometh Out

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:15 GMT

One of Marvel’s X-Men, Iceman, has finally accepted that he is gay in a comic book series that is breaking new ground for the genre.

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The Book Review Podcast: Lisa Halliday on ‘Asymmetry’

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:04:22 GMT

Halliday discusses her debut novel, and Naomi Novik and Gerald Jonas remember the life and work of Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Lerone Bennett Jr., Historian of Black America, Dies at 89

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:58:45 GMT

Lerone Bennett Jr. in Chicago in 2009. “Since I was a child, I was just fascinated by the printed word,” he once said.Mr. Bennett, the author of “Before the Mayflower” and other books, was also a top editor at Ebony magazine for decades.

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How Does a Political Reporter Write a Memoir? First, Read Books. A Lot of Books.

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:33:25 GMT

A reporter who spent a decade covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns talks about her adjustment to book leave and finding the “foreign land where writers live.”

Fiction: Two Novels Trace Parallels Between Past and Present, or Create Them

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:36 GMT

“The Maze at Windermere,” by Gregory Blake Smith, imagines Newport, R.I., from the 17th century to today. “Peculiar Ground,” by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, does the same for a British estate.

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Inside the List: After Setting Her Hair on Fire, Lisa Gardner Decided to Become a Writer

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:36 GMT

Lisa GardnerIt was the 1980s, she was waitressing, “and there was a lot of Aqua Net involved. I took the hint. No more food service. Lots more time at the keyboard.”

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Fiction: What Would It Be Like to Be 400 Years Old?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:33 GMT

In Matt Haig’s new novel, “How to Stop Time,” the narrator — born in 1581, and still alive today — seems to be having a midlife crisis.

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Children’s Books: One Part Fantasy, One Part Reality Is a Child’s Perfect Formula

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:22 GMT

Dory Fantasmagory (right) and friend.In the Dory Fantasmagory books, Abby Hanlon finds the humor — and the coping strategies — in a young heroine’s shifting line between imagination and reality.

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Paperback Row

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:24 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Children’s Books: Great New Books for a Child Just Learning to Read

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:19 GMT

From “Baby Monkey, Private Eye.”Clever, beautifully illustrated new books from Brian Selznick, Sara Varon and Bryan Collier that are easy to read — and to love.

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Ivory Tower: Science’s Inference Problem: When Data Doesn’t Mean What We Think It Does

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:17 GMT

Three new books on the challenge of drawing confident conclusions from an uncertain world.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Modern Love: How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:00:14 GMT

A teenager in distress turned to a famous novel with the hope of normalizing her situation. Instead, it provided a road map for escape.

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Children’s Book Industry Has Its #MeToo Moment

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:24:37 GMT

The “Maze Runner” author James Dashner was jettisoned by Random House after allegations that he had mistreated women.Allegations of mistreatment of women flooded the children’s publishing industry over the past week and ensnared James Dashner, the author of the “Maze Runner” series.

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Books News: Hunting — and Haunted by — a Serial Killer

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:36:10 GMT

After losing his wife, Patton Oswalt couldn’t bear the thought of her work languishing. “This book had to be finished,” he said. “There was this feeling of, you’re not going to silence another victim.”Michelle McNamara died before she completed her book about the Golden State Killer; her husband, Patton Oswalt didn’t want her work to be in vain.

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Nonfiction: Arrested at 12, She’s Now an Activist Fighting for Social Justice

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:36:51 GMT

Patrisse Khan-CullorsPatrisse Khan-Cullors’s memoir, “When They Call You a Terrorist,” recounts the life of a Black Lives Matter co-founder.

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So You Know Nothing About ‘Harry Potter’? Let’s Catch You Up

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:17:28 GMT

If you do not recognize Rupert Grint, left, and Daniel Radcliffe, from the Harry Potter film series, then you have a lot to learn before “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opens on Broadway.A primer of the books and films to get you ready for the Broadway opening of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.”

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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:50:30 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Francine Prose on Ursula K. Le Guin.

Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:05:14 GMT

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

Fiction: Was It the Perfect Crime or a Paranoid Fantasy?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:58 GMT

Junichiro TanizakiJunichiro Tanizaki’s early novel “In Black and White” uses nested murder plots to explore the guilt and responsibilities of the writing life.

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By the Book: Kristin Hannah: By the Book

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:47 GMT

Kristin HannahThe novelist Kristin Hannah would like to discuss women’s history with Margaret Atwood, Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Let’s face it, the Notorious R.B.G. is just plain cool.”

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PEN World Voices to Focus on Resistance in America

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:00:13 GMT

Colson Whitehead in 2016. He will appear at the Pen World Voices Festival 2018.The literary festival will feature conversations with Roxane Gay, Colson Whitehead and Jhumpa Lahiri, among others.

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Up Next: All Media All Star

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:49:03 GMT

Tommy Pico’s first novel, “Tommy Pico’s first novel, “IRL,” won accolades. Now he’s working on his fourth book, his first screenplay and a podcast on Grindr.

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Books of The Times: ‘Scarlet A’ Wants Less Shouting About Abortion and More Talking

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:41:04 GMT

Katie Watson says that with so much focus on “extraordinary” cases, there is something “unreal” about the American conversation about abortion.

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Newsbook: With the Pyeongchang Olympics Underway, 3 Books on the Games

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:06:59 GMT

These books delve into the history of the sporting event and the characters (and controversies) involved.

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That Time the C.I.A. Tried to Recruit Me: Our National Security Reporter on Covering Spies

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:53:58 GMT

Jennifer Lawrence as the prima ballerina turned secret agent Dominika Egorova in the upcoming spy thriller “Red Sparrow.” Scott Shane moderated a TimesTalk this week with Ms. Lawrence and others who worked on the film.Spying is rich fodder for fiction and movies. But entertainment exaggerates, even when it’s created by real secret agents.

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The Shortlist: 3 Books to Help You Understand Millennials and Beyond

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:00:31 GMT

Whether it’s the modern labor market, a selfie obsession or loneliness brought on by cellphone addiction, here’s what’s wrong with young people.

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Feature: A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:00:27 GMT

Minizaitunya Ibyatullina, 102, at her home in Borovka, a village in Tatarstan. The picture is of her husband, who died in the war in 1943.In the land of Tolstoy, Turgenev and now Putin, what are the stories Russians are telling themselves?

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Nonfiction: How We Got From Twinkies to Tofu

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:00:26 GMT

In “Hippie Food,” Jonathan Kauffman tracks the emergence of the organic, politicized diet so many Americans love today.

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The Enthusiast: In Praise of Alistair MacLean and the Male Romance

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:58:41 GMT

The author Alistair MacLean at his home in 1960.“Years later, I understood that these were in fact romance novels for boys, which means very little romance and lots of danger and battle-forged camaraderie.”

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Books of The Times: First Comes Love, Then Comes What Exactly?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:24:05 GMT

Two new books, Roseann Lake’s “Leftover in China” and Elizabeth Flock’s “The Heart Is a Shifting Sea,” examine how marriage has withstood breakneck economic growth and social change in China and India.

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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Authors I Can Binge-Read

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:20:34 GMT

Seeking authors with a spate of books I can consume one after another without coming up for air.

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