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Books of The Times: ‘The Far Away Brothers’ Breathes Vivid Life Into Immigration Issues

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:13:42 GMT

Lauren Markham’s impeccably timed and intimately reported book follows twin teenage brothers on their journey from El Salvador to California.

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Books of The Times: On the Road With the Casualties of the Great Recession

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:02:00 GMT

Linda May with her dog, Coco.To write “Nomadland,” Jessica Bruder spent three years traveling and working alongside grandparents and others living in school buses and vans seeking seasonal work.

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Nonfiction: The Education of Ellen Pao

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:12 GMT

Ellen Pao in Oakland, Calif., in 2016.In “Reset,” the Silicon Valley executive and former venture capitalist explains how she came to question the culture of the tech industry.

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Books of The Times: A Father and Son Sail Through Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ Together

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:26:07 GMT

In “An Odyssey,” Daniel Mendelsohn recounts what happened when his 81-year-old father enrolled in one of his classes at Bard College.

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Books News: Richard Robinson of Scholastic Honored for Lifetime of Work in Children’s Publishing

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:51:13 GMT

Richard Robinson, who runs the publisher Scholastic, was named the winner of a lifetime achievement award given by the National Book Foundation.Mr. Robinson brought Harry Potter to American readers, among many other highlights in a career also defined by efforts to increase literacy and improve education.

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Nonfiction: A Wild and Exacting Food Writer Gets Her Due

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:19 GMT

Patience Gray in England shortly after World War II.Patience Gray exerted an outsize influence on the culinary world, as Adam Federman’s biography “Fasting and Feasting” makes clear.

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Nonfiction: Survival of the Prettiest

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:23 GMT

John Collier’s 1883 portrait of Charles Darwin.Darwin’s theory of aesthetics may be the sexiest, most dangerous idea in evolution.

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The Book Review Podcast: Notes From a Crazy Campaign Trail

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:00:06 GMT

Jill Abramson discusses Katy Tur’s new memoir, “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.”

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Newsbook: For Hispanic Heritage Month, 3 Books on Latinos in the U.S.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:45:50 GMT

From conquistadores to modern cultural enclaves, these books trace the centuries-long Latino experience in the United States.

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Phys Ed: Tom Brady’s ‘The TB12 Method’ Is Hefty but Short on Science

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Should you buy this book? The answer probably depends on how you feel about science, celebrity and tomatoes.

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Nonfiction: Alice Waters Retraces the Path That Led Her to Chez Panisse

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:12 GMT

According to a new autobiography, “Coming to My Senses,” it all began with a year in Paris and a taste for the food she discovered there.

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Books News: Whiting Foundation Announces New Grants for Magazines

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:40:19 GMT

The three grants for print and digital publications, designed to “ignite growth,” will total up to $120,000.

Book News: YouTube Star Hank Green Will Publish His First Novel Next Year

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:34:13 GMT

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, the best-selling novelist John Green, Hank Green will publish his first novel with Dutton.

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Nonfiction: When Corruption and Venality Were the Lifeblood of America

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:17 GMT

Jay Gould, Cyrus Field, Russell Sage and Cornelius Vanderbilt in an 1883 cartoon.“The Republic for Which It Stands,” Richard White’s broad-ranging history, describes a country lashed by greed and brutality.

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Match Book: Books That Show the Heights of Human Strength, the Limits of Endurance

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:02 GMT

From natural disaster to wild beasts and warfare, tragedies factual and fictional so vivid that they’ll strike terror in the heart of any reader.

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Book News: Will Bill O’Reilly’s Latest ‘Killing’ Book Climb the Charts?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:32:37 GMT

Bill O’Reilly on his Fox News show in 2015. “Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence,” is the first release in Mr. O’Reilly’s popular history series since Fox fired him.The disgraced TV host is still churning out history books, but without his perch at Fox, can he sell them?

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Ways We Inherit Historical Traumas

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:00:13 GMT

In “Survivor Café,” Elizabeth Rosner writes about how we recognize and cope with the traumas that directly affected previous generations.

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Table for Three: Hillary Clinton and America Ferrera on Pain and Progress (and Hiking)

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:00:24 GMT

Hillary Clinton and America Ferrera at the Lambs Club in Manhattan.The former presidential candidate and the politically active actress discuss the hurt of the 2016 election and how they are both moving on.

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Book News: A Green Light Is Given, It’s True, for a Grown-Up Cindy Lou Who

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:58:26 GMT

A federal judge has ruled that “Who’s Holiday!” doesn’t violate the copyright of the Dr. Seuss classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

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Jerry Pournelle, Science Fiction Novelist and Computer Guide, Dies at 84

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:49:57 GMT

Jerry Pournelle in 1985.An aerospace consultant, advice columnist, blogger and best-selling author. (And maybe the first to write a novel on a word-processor.)

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Books News: National Book Awards Longlists Are Announced

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:05:32 GMT

Nominees include Jennifer Egan, Lisa Ko, David Grann, Kevin Young and Alarcón.

Open Book: Gallery of Horrors

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:24:00 GMT

“Paperbacks from Hell” collects hundreds of memorable horror-fiction cover designs.

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Review: A Japanese Writer’s Reveries Inspire ‘Four Nights of Dream’

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:13 GMT

Clockwise from left, Jesse Malgieri, Christopher Sokolowski and Gloria Park in “Four Nights of Dream” at the Japan Society in Manhattan.The opera has much to admire, but its music and plot weighs down the feather-light beauty of Natsume Soseki’s stories

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Roald Dahl’s Widow Says ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Hero Was Supposed to be Black

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:21:44 GMT

The character Charlie Bucket in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” based on a book by Roald Dahl. In an interview this week, Mr. Dahl’s widow said that he had originally envisioned Charlie as a black boy, but his agent dissuaded him.Mr. Dahl’s agent thought it would be a bad idea to have a black main character, his widow and his biographer said in an interview with the BBC.

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Further Reading: 20 Must-Read Books on the Vietnam War

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:23:57 GMT

What’s your favorite book about the Vietnam War?Here’s a list of essential reading — just in time for the new Ken Burns documentary — on the conflict that divided America.

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Fiction: A 19th-Century Smuggler in the Peruvian Andes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Natasha Pulley’s rambunctious historical novel “The Bedlam Stacks” sends a British adventurer on a magic realist mission to South America.

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Fiction: In Salman Rushdie’s New Novel, the Backdrop Is the Obama Years

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Salman Rushdie in New York in 2015.“The Golden House” tells the story of a billionaire patriarch and his enigmatic family after they arrive in New York.

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Inside the List: Alice Waters’s Grilled Cheese Is Not Like Yours and Mine

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Alice WatersIn her best-selling new memoir, “Coming to My Senses,” the chef recommends a French mountain cheese and homemade sauerkraut for a childhood staple.

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Egos: New in Memoir: Looking for Fulfilling Work in the Gig Economy

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:21 GMT

Books on the golden age of journalism, the brave new world of internet pornography and driving for Uber.

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Fiction: A Mystic Hero in Search of a ‘Beast’

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:21 GMT

The second installment of Paul Kingsnorth’s trilogy, which began with “The Wake,” follows one man’s quest for a creature and a purpose.

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Paperback Row

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:17 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Nonfiction: A Writer Visits Latvia in Search of Her Roots

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:15 GMT

Verzemnieks’s grandmother Livija, holding her daughter, and Verzemnieks’s aunt Maruta.In her memoir “Among the Living and the Dead,” Inara Verzemnieks learns what happened to her family in World War II.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to the value of higher education, a conversation among spies and more.

Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:43:56 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Salman Rushdie on importance of “global dialogue.”

Bookshelf: When the World Called for a Capital

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:26:39 GMT

The United Nations headquarters in New York was completed in 1952.Whether it’s the United Nations General Assembly or tourists flocking to it, New York remains a world capital. A few new books explain why.

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Essay: After the Hurricane Winds Die Down, Larry McMurtry’s Houston Trilogy Lives On

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:53:59 GMT

Larry McMurtry teaching at Rice University in 1972.Douglas Brinkley on the writer whose fiction has captured the boom city’s relentless appetite for growth.

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Editors' Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:09:53 GMT

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

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An Appraisal: A Toast for J. P. Donleavy

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:05:18 GMT

J. P. Donleavy at Levington Park, the County Westmeath, Ireland, estate where he had lived since the 1970s.The author, whose picaresque masterwork “The Ginger Man” has sold more than 45 million copies, died on Monday at 91.

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By the Book: Sally Quinn: By the Book

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Sally QuinnThe author of, most recently, “Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir,” doesn’t like to read short story collections, “especially if they’re good, because they always leave me wanting more.”

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Nonfiction: How the New Immigration Is Shaking Old Europe to Its Core

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Campaigners attend a Britain Stronger in Europe event in London’s Hyde Park on June 19, 2016.“The Strange Death of Europe,” by Douglas Murray, and “The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe,” by Rita Chin, examine divisive debates over Western values.

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Nonfiction: The Vietnam War Then and Now

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:26 GMT

The book features hundreds of photos, including this 1968 shot of an Army crew enjoying a beer.Geoffrey C. Ward’s “The Vietnam War” relives a conflict that divided Americans 50 years ago, and continues to evoke bitter memories today.

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