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Books of The Times: He Doesn’t Like It When You Leave Your Shampoo Out

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:14:52 GMT

The pseudonymous JP Delaney’s “The Girl Before” is about a pervy architect who rents only to women who are good-looking, traumatized and very tidy.


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‘The Evenings,’ a Dutch Classic, Arrives in English. It Only Took 70 Years.

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:24:11 GMT

The author Gerard Reve in 1969.A translation of a novel by Gerard Reve that centers on a young clerk has invited recent comparisons to books like “The Catcher in the Rye.”


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Fiction: Monica Ali on Rachel Cusk’s Risky, Revolutionary New Novel

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:00:01 GMT

“Transit” is the second novel in a trilogy by Rachel Cusk that began with “Outline.”


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Children’s Book Awards Highlight Race — and Politics

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:41:55 GMT

All three volumes of the graphic memoir trilogy “March.”The American Library Association’s annual prizes include a record four awards for Rep. John Lewis.


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The Long View: We’ve Been Here Before: Jon Meacham on the Literature of Our Discontent

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:10:01 GMT

The West Wing of the White House, December 1929.Some fiction from our chaotic past repays attention as we seek our bearings now.


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Essay: Reading the Classic Novel That Predicted Trump

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:02 GMT

“It Can’t Happen Here”: Poster for a 1936 adaptation.The protagonist of Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel “It Can’t Happen Here” sees something dark brewing in American politics.


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A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Is Coming Soon

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:22:44 GMT

An illustration by Erin Stead for “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,” an expanded version of an unfinished fairy tale by Mark Twain.A fanciful bedtime story that he told his daughters will finally be finished and released, more than a century after he wrote it.


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Critic's Notebook: Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:08:58 GMT

President Obama in the Oval Office during an interview with Michiko Kakutani on Friday.In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.


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Nonfiction: Geography Made America Great. Has Globalization Undone Its Influence?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Geography made America a great nation, Robert D. Kaplan argues in “Earning the Rockies,” but globalization is eroding its influence.


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Fiction: ‘Patriots’ Charts a Family’s Reverse Journey From Brooklyn to the Gulag

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Sana KrasikovSana Krasikov’s first novel, “The Patriots,” is a historical saga that moves between America and Russia, from the 1930s to the present day.


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Trilobites: A Pioneering Woman of Science Re-Emerges After 300 Years

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:47:35 GMT

Maria Sibylla Merian, a German-born woman living in the Netherlands, had a successful career as an artist, botanist, naturalist and entomologist.Maria Sibylla Merian captivated Europeans with her studies of insects, only to later have her work largely dismissed. Now, her findings are being celebrated again.


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Peter Abrahams, a South African Who Wrote of Apartheid and Identity, Dies at 97

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:11:30 GMT

Exploring the complexities of South Africa’s racial politics: Peter Abrahams, novelist, journalist and commentator, around 1955.The journalist and novelist’s moral center of gravity was located in the country he left at age 20. His 1946 novel, “Mine Boy,” drew global attention.


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Historian’s Latest Book on Mao Turns Acclaim in China to Censure

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:12:32 GMT

The Chinese author Yang Jisheng in 2013. Mr. Yang, a noted chronicler of the Mao era, has published “The World Turned Upside Down,” a history of the Cultural Revolution.Yang Jisheng’s effort to “recover the history” of the Cultural Revolution has become part of the struggle over China’s Communist past, which has widened under President Xi Jinping.


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These Young Adult Novels Come With Back Stories: The Authors’ Own

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:00:21 GMT

Allison Glock, second from left, with her husband, T Cooper, and their daughters, Matilda, far left, and Dixie.Married parents, one transgender, have created a series, “Changers,” popular with teenagers who feel they were born in the wrong bodies. (Really, Mom!)


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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:33:09 GMT

David M. SmickIt’s not common for macroeconomists to hit the list, but with “The Great Equalizer” (new at No. 8 in hardcover nonfiction), David M. Smick pulls it off.


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The Book Review Podcast: Barack Obama’s Legacy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:16:31 GMT

Jonathan Chait talks about “Audacity,” and Randall Fuller discusses “The Book That Changed America.”


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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:53:54 GMT

A medical mystery, a diabolical architect, some very desperate Pennsylvanians and a treacherous British boarding school.


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Nonfiction: How Did Rumi Become One of Our Best-Selling Poets?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:43:32 GMT

“Rumi’s Secret,” by Brad Gooch, traces the life of the Persian mystic whose rebranded love poems are best sellers today.


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Nonfiction: Evolutionary Wars: How Darwin’s Masterwork Shook Up America

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:26:58 GMT

Caricature of Charles Darwin in The Hornet magazine, March 22, 1871.Randall Fuller’s “The Book That Changed America” looks at the impact of Darwin’s ideas on American society.


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Nonfiction: A Linguist Offers a Brief Immersion in Black English

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:18:03 GMT

John McWhorter puts down his thoughts about what he calls Black English in “Talking Back, Talking Black.”


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Fiction: Memories Inspire a Novel About a Jewish Family’s Journey From Hungary

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:11:18 GMT

An abandoned gun during the 1956 uprising in Budapest.“The Afterlife of Stars” is Joseph Kertes’s novel about a Jewish family’s flight from Hungary after the failed revolution.


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Fiction: Many Madeleines: André Aciman’s Proustian Tale of Conflicted Desires

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:55:12 GMT

André Aciman explores shades of desire through the protagonist of his new novel, “Enigma Variations.”


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Fiction: Tales Out of School: A Novel Skewers the Self-Delusion of Liberal Brooklyn Parents

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:54:35 GMT

Lucinda Rosenfeld’s “Class” is the story of an overbearing mother in a gentrifying neighborhood.


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Fiction: In Ottessa Moshfegh’s Stories, Fringe Figures Make Feckless Attempts at Connection

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:54:03 GMT

Ottessa MoshfeghIn the wide-ranging stories in “Homesick for Another World,” Ottessa Moshfegh draws a map of national character.


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Fiction: Who Would Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Grow Up to Be?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:53:28 GMT

Art by E.W. Kemble in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” 1884.Robert Coover’s latest novel, “Huck Out West,” continues the adventures of Mark Twain’s greatest character.


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Nonfiction: That Other Clinton: A Brief Biography of Bill

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:03:08 GMT

President Bill Clinton in October 1995.“Bill Clinton,” by Michael Tomasky, is a brief biography of the 42nd president.


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The Shortlist: Short Stories

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:51:44 GMT

New short story collections by Josh Barkan, Mary Miller and Josip Novakovich.


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Author Who Turns Classics Into Children’s Books Is Sued

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:57:30 GMT

The author Fredrik Colting, whose KinderGuide books are based on classic novels.Two publishers and the estates of Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway accused Fredrik Colting of copyright infringement.


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Paperback Row

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:34:55 GMT

Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.


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Letters to the Editor

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:21:10 GMT

Readers respond to Bernard-Henri Lévy’s By the Book interview and more.



Open Book: The Way We Were (and Are and Could Be)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:11:08 GMT

Three recently published books offer past, present and possible future views of the country.


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Six New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:51:06 GMT

Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.


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Books of The Times: Review: ‘True South’ Illuminates the Man Behind ‘Eyes on the Prize’

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:06:19 GMT

Henry Hampton, center foreground, with Robert Hohler, local organizers and members of the Unitarian Universalist delegation in Selma, Ala., in 1965.Jon Else, the series producer and cinematographer for that civil rights documentary, writes about Henry Hampton, the larger-than-life director with the vision for it.


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By the Book: Ayelet Waldman: By the Book

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:00:01 GMT

Ayelet WaldmanThe author, most recently, of “A Really Good Day” maybe isn’t a fan of the “nurse romance” genre. But “come to think of it, ‘Atonement,’ by Ian McEwan, is one of my favorite contemporary novels, and what is that if not a nurse romance?”


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