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Nonfiction: The Civil Rights Stories We Need to Remember

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:00:23 GMT

S. Jonathan Bass’s “He Calls Me by Lightning” examines the conviction of a black youth in the 1957 killing of a policeman, and the 44-year legal saga that followed.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Andrea Petersen on Living With, and Studying, Anxiety

Sun, 21 May 2017 21:12:03 GMT

Andrea PetersenIn “On Edge,” Ms. Petersen discusses her initial reluctance to reveal her mental illness and a troubling stagnation in treatment options.

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Nonfiction: For Better, for Worse: Three Memoirs Report From Marriage Country

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00:22 GMT

From their own diverse vantage points, Dani Shapiro, Ada Calhoun and Claire Dederer bear witness to that two-person catastrophe in motion.

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By the Book: Jeffrey Tambor: By the Book

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:03 GMT

Jeffrey TamborThe actor and author of “Are You Anybody?” loves to watch younger people browse in his bookstore: “The millennials, Xers and Yers are off their equipment and opting for paper, I’m here to tell you!”

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American Beauties: A Patriotic and Paranoid Memoir Stared Nixon’s America in the Eye

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:15:50 GMT

H.R. Haldeman, center, with his attorney Frank Strickler, left, in 1975, around the time of his conviction for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.Charles L. Mee Jr.’s “A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind,” from 1977, is about a man’s search for what went wrong with the American experiment.

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Otherworldly: Ghosts, Warring Gods and the Apocalypse: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:00:25 GMT

New science fiction and fantasy includes ghosts and warring gods, a desert apocalypse, a cloned messiah and the quest for light-speed travel.

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Nonfiction: To Make America Great Again, Give Your Kids Chores

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:00:35 GMT

Gritty experiences: Senator Sasse in his Washington office.In “The Vanishing American Adult,” Senator Ben Sasse offers a solution for moral decline: Get tough on your offspring.

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The Book Review Podcast: Joshua Ferris on ‘The Dinner Party’

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:29:06 GMT

Ferris talks about his new collection of stories, and Jonathan Taplin discusses “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.”

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Fiction: A 17th-Century Witch Hunter and His Campaign of Terror

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:00:17 GMT

Beth Underdown’s novel, “The Witchfinder’s Sister,” retraces a frightening reign of terror in the history of 17th-century England.

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Essay: 50 Years On, Stories of the Six Day War and What Came After

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:00:17 GMT

Palestinians in Hebron throwing stones at Israeli soldiers in 2015.On the anniversary of the Six Day War, writers assess the perpetual limbo that followed, through the prisms of language, history and politics.

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Postscript: That Voice, Those Parties: Remembering Jean Stein

Sat, 20 May 2017 10:00:26 GMT

Jean Stein, the author, oral historian and editor, in 1998 on the French Riviera. She died in April at the age of 83.At her parties, you were as likely to meet Warren Beatty as the Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky. An oral history of a woman who excelled at the form.

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Drag Queen Story Hour Puts the Rainbow in Reading

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:01:11 GMT

Harmonica Sunbeam warms up her audience at the Hudson Park branch of the New York Public Library.Neon camouflage bodysuits, tutus and patent leather boots. Heated debates about dresses and ice cream flavors. It’s all in a day’s work at the New York Public Library.

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Anne R. Dick, Memoirist and Writer’s Muse, Is Dead at 90

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:29:33 GMT

Anne Dick, then Anne Rubenstein, with Philip K. Dick in 1958, shortly before they were married.Her second husband, Philip K. Dick, used their marriage and her persona in books like “The Man in the High Castle” and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

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Open Book: A Guide to Writing Guides

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:41:48 GMT

Editors at The Times discuss some of their favorite books about how to write well.

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From Condoleezza Rice, Tales of Diplomacy and Unrequited Love

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:29:19 GMT

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice’s “Democracy” offers sober, high-minded rhetoric about America’s role in the world. It also notes Qaddafi’s schoolboy crush on her.

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Audiobooks: Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:35:50 GMT

Audiobooks of Garth Nix’s “Frogkisser!” and Chris Colfer’s “The Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales” offer kids spit-shined versions of Grimm Brothers’ classics.

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Audiobooks: W. Kamau Bell on Being a ‘Semi-Prominent’ Black Comedian

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:31:31 GMT

W. Kamau BellListening to a memoir read by the author is like being the sole patron in a comedy club while he performs a marathon routine.

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Crime: Scots on the Rocks and Jo Nesbo’s Latest: The Best New Crime Fiction

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:00:16 GMT

Marilyn Stasio’s crime column takes us on a Glasgow bender and into the mind of a Norwegian serial killer. For relief, there’s a trip to rural France.

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Fiction: Fleeing a Fictional World of Despots and Drones

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:00:25 GMT

In the Pakistan of Nadeem Aslam’s novel “The Golden Legend” the rule of law is a distant memory.

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Fiction: Why Does a Young Writer Fall in Love with a Misogynist Bully?

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:00:25 GMT

Gwendoline Riley’s novel “First Love” depicts a volatile marriage of opposites whose savage jousts are full of comic malice and exasperated affection.

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Nonfiction: The American Revolution: A History of Violence

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:00:25 GMT

The Boston Massacre, as represented in Paul Revere’s 1770 engraving.“Scars of Independence” reminds readers that the United States took shape not just in stately rooms but in brutal, devastating combat.

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The Shortlist: Stories

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:00:25 GMT

Four story collections, united by whimsy, daring and the everyday surreal.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to “Democracy,” supply more information on the numbers and celebrate new writing tools.

Essay: A Personal Foray Into the Long-Lost Pynchon Tapes

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Pynchon’s “Mason & Dixon” is a book for these times. And, if you can put up with cassettes, an audiobook does exist.

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Ian Buruma Named Editor of The New York Review of Books

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:57 GMT

Ian Buruma, in 2013.Mr. Buruma succeeds Robert B. Silvers, a founder of the magazine who edited it until his death in March at 87.

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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:04:49 GMT

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

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Paperback Row

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:00:01 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Nonfiction: Three 18th-Century Revolutions and Why They Matter in 2017

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:00:25 GMT

Satirizing women of the French Revolution.In “The Unruly City,” Mike Rapport revisits Paris, London and New York to learn lessons from three different 18th-century revolutions.

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Naples Journal: Ferrante Casting Call in Naples Lets Children Dream, if for a Day

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:38 GMT

Over a hundred children and parents gathered last week in Sanitá, a neighborhood in Naples, Italy, for a citywide casting call for an HBO production based on Elena Ferrante’s novel “My Brilliant Friend.”This was not just any call, but one for HBO’s adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend,” the first of the four smash-hit Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante.

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Jean Fritz, Who Wrote History Books for Children, Dies at 101

Wed, 17 May 2017 23:36:20 GMT

Jean Fritz in a photograph from 1990.Her works were full of human narratives and quirks, backed by engaging prose and deep archival research.

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Author Is Sued Over Book on Campus Sex

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:03:09 GMT

Laura Kipnis.A Northwestern graduate student is suing Laura Kipnis over her book “Unwanted Advances,” which recounts the student’s relationship with a former professor.

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Books of The Times: ‘The End of Eddy’ Captures a Savage Childhood and a Global Movement

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:26:52 GMT

Édouard LouisÉdouard Louis’s deeply autobiographical novel recounts growing up gay among the white underclass in rural France.

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Black Panther Spinoff Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates Will Be Canceled

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:09:17 GMT

Estimated sales for the first issue of Black Panther and the Crew were 35,604, a far cry from the flagship title.Black Panther & the Crew, which began last month, will end with the sixth issue, an unusually swift demise. Marvel and Mr. Coates blamed poor sales.

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When You Know It’s Love: Making You Feel Calm

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:03:56 GMT

Molly Yeh, a lifestyle blogger and author, with her husband, Nick Hagen. “I just knew he was the one because with him I was the best version of myself,” Ms. Yeh said.Molly Yeh, a lifestyle blogger, didn’t get butterflies when she began dating Nick Hagen. “With him I was the best version of myself,” she said.

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Audiobooks: The Sound of Sherlock: Stephen Fry Voices the Master Sleuth

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:00:27 GMT

Twelve scenes from Holmes’s career.The noted British actor narrates Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of a certain obsessive detective.

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Nonfiction: The Value and Virtue of Good Writing (Rule No. 7: Don’t Be a Bore)

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:19 GMT

A passion for concision: Harold Evans in 1970.In “Do I Make Myself Clear?,” Harold Evans, editor par excellence, explains why good writing is a moral issue.

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Jackie Collins: The Jewelry Behind Her Stories

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:49:09 GMT

Jackie Collins at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles. Tiffany Lerman, one of Ms. Collins’ daughters, said the necklace was created especially for the event from several Art Deco brooches owned by the novelist.The novelist, whose gems are set to be auctioned, found that bold, conversation-starting jewelry could be a gold mine for material in Hollywood.

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