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Fiction: High Praise for a Novel About an Awful Children’s Musical

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT

Francine Prose’s new novel, “Mister Monkey,” is about a group of characters involved in an off-off-off-off Broadway production.

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Nonfiction: What’s Up With Those Voices in Your Head?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT

In “The Voices Within,” Charles Fernyhough explores the chatter in your head.

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By the Book: Gretchen Rubin: By the Book

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:00:04 GMT

Gretchen RubinThe author of “The Happiness Project” says she “can’t bear any book with the theme of unjust accusation — no ‘Atonement,’ ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ or ‘Othello’ for me.”

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Books of The Times: Review: Albert Murray’s Symphonic Elegance Sings in a New Anthology

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:26:12 GMT

The novelist and critic Albert Murray at his Harlem home in 1998.“Collected Essays & Memoirs” gathers writing from this great cultural critic, who was as fluent with literature as he was with jazz and the blues.

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Fiction: Bridget Jones’s Latest Movie, Now a Novel

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT

Renée Zellweger as Bridget with Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey in “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”In Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” Jones is pregnant but isn’t sure of the father.

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Author’s Note: Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT

All children lie. But when they do so in the service of a good story, aren’t they just budding writers?

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The Shortlist: Y.A. Crossover

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT

New books by David Arnold, Laure Eve, Lauren Oliver and Kenneth Oppel.

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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:51:58 GMT

Suggested reading by editors at The New York Times.

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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Beth Macy’s ‘Truevine’

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:32:52 GMT

Beth Macy talks about “Truevine”; Calvin Trillin and Roz Chast discuss “No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood”; and Molly Young on “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”

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Big City: Are You There? It’s Me, Reality: Grit Returns to Young-Adult Novels

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:01:13 GMT

Brendan Kiely outside the Jefferson Market Library in Manhattan. He is a co-author of “All American Boys,” about the beating of an innocent black child by a white officer.Issue-driven fiction is having a renaissance. Several new books are an outgrowth of the financial crisis, the rise of racial tensions and the increased animosity toward immigrants.

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Fiction: ‘The Red Car’: A Novel of Furious Action and Furious Ideas

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:23:14 GMT

Marcy DermanskyMarcy Dermansky’s “The Red Car” is a propulsive novel that still makes you stop and think.

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Fiction: An Ovid-Loving Loner Moves to Miami Beach

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:23:05 GMT

OvidIn Jane Alison’s “Nine Island,” a woman faces her romantic future.

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Fiction: A New Irish Novel Features Few Commas and Lots of Sex

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:22:50 GMT

A May-December romance begins between a drama student and a London actor in Eimear McBride’s “The Lesser Bohemians.”

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Poetry: Collected Works of a Poet Who Took Her Time

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:22:37 GMT

Marie PonsotMarie Ponsot’s “Collected Poems” is the model for every poet who worships procrastination.

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Fiction: ‘Napoleon’s Last Island’ Imagines the Final Exile

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:22:29 GMT

Napoleon at St. Helena, painted by Benjamin Robert Haydon.Thomas Keneally’s new novel imagines Napoleon’s final exile through the eyes of a young girl.

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Nonfiction: How Two Black Albino Brothers Became Unwilling Sideshow Stars

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:21:32 GMT

Willie and George Muse, 1926.Beth Macy’s “Truevine” tells the story of African-American brothers who found exploitation then a measure of success as circus attractions.

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Nonfiction: A Playwright’s Essays: Richard Greenberg Riffs on Whatever He Wants

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:21:10 GMT

Richard Greenberg, left, and the director Joe Mantello at the Public Theater, 2002.“Rules for Others to Live By” is Richard Greenberg’s first book of original essays.

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Nonfiction: Meet the Couple Who Helped Shape America’s Nuclear War Policy

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:21:03 GMT

Ron Robin’s “The Cold World They Made” is a provocative examination of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter, whose views influenced policy makers in the 1950s.

Nonfiction: Saving Nature, for the Joy of It

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:20:41 GMT

Shrinking abundance: Moths swarm around flood lights at a stadium in Newcastle, Australia, 2005.Michael McCarthy’s “The Moth Snowstorm” is a plea to support conservation lest we endanger our own primordial pleasure.

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Nonfiction: A New Biography Focuses on Karl Instead of Marxism

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:20:29 GMT

Lev Kerbel works on a clay model for a monument to Karl Marx.Gareth Stedman Jones’s “Karl Marx” focuses on Marx the man, not the ideologue.

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Roving Eye: Should Novels Aim for the Heart or the Head?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:18:54 GMT

Is it a good thing for a novel to stimulate our emotions? Montaigne, Brecht and others thought not.

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Paperback Row

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:18:12 GMT

Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.

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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:17:59 GMT

Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston, whose memoir is No. 9 on the hardcover nonfiction list, has a sense of humor about his fame: “It’s a little . . . odd to have your face tattooed on someone’s backside.”

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Open Book: Henry Green’s (Latest) Comeback

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:16:43 GMT

New York Review Books Classics is hoping to restore the English novelist’s visibility for good.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:16:33 GMT

Readers respond to recent reviews of “Power at Ground Zero,” books about black Republicans and more.

Review: ‘American Pastoral,’ Philip Roth’s Fiery 1960s at Low Heat

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:18:46 GMT

Ewan McGregor and Dakota Fanning in “American Pastoral,” adapted from Philip Roth’s 1997 novel and directed by Mr. McGregor.Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut is a shallow but watchable gloss on this Roth novel, conjuring a searing image of the disintegrating American dream.

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Books of The Times: Review: In ‘The Arab of the Future 2,’ Back to Syria in 1984

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:39:12 GMT

The cartoonist Riad Sattouf; the second volume of his graphic memoir has just been published.This second volume of the cartoonist Riad Sattouf’s graphic memoir returns to the small village where he and his family lived when he was a boy.

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On Debate Night, Celebrating a Book About Immigrants

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:08:35 GMT

Carlos Campos, in “Nuevo New York.”A group will honor “Nuevo New York,” which features interviews with dozens of creative professionals of Latin American descent.

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Cultural Studies: During a Social Media Break, Kim Kardashian West Offers ‘More Me’

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:16:52 GMT

The updated “Selfish” includes “new selfies 2015-2016.”An expanded version of the selfie-filled book “Selfish” follows the robbery in Paris.

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Nonfiction: Ulysses S. Grant: New Biography of ‘A Nobody From Nowhere’

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT

Ulysses S. GrantIn “American Ulysses,” Ronald C. White focuses on Grant’s virtues instead of his flaws.

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