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Books of The Times: ‘Richard Nixon,’ Portrait of a Thin-Skinned, Media-Hating President

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:22:02 GMT

President Nixon during a televised news conference in April 1969.This elegant and sympathetic biography by John A. Farrell arrives as a current president makes comparisons unavoidable.

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Books of The Times: A Florida of Sun, Sky, Sea and Mind

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:00:05 GMT

Beachgoers on the Gulf of Mexico in the 1890s, from “Gulf,” by Jack E. Davis.“Sunshine State,” Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, and “Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis’s environmental history, each explore the terrain of an unmoored state.

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Books of The Times: A Haunting Debut Looks Ahead to a Second American Civil War

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:13:19 GMT

The details of “American War,” Omar El Akkad’s dystopian novel about an unraveling United States, makes his fictional future feel alarmingly real.

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Fiction: Sonic Youth: Cultural Appropriations of Two Musical Hipsters

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:13 GMT

The young music producers in Hari Kunzru’s “White Tears” invent a lost blues legend who may turn out to have been real all along.

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Nonfiction: With God on Their Side: How Evangelicals Entered American Politics

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:30 GMT

Billy Graham preaching at Madison Square Garden, 1957.Frances FitzGerald’s “The Evangelicals” is an examination of how politics and conservative Protestantism became intertwined.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: One Family’s War Against Alzheimer’s

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:00:02 GMT

“The Inheritance” is about five siblings (out of six) who inherited a genetic mutation that leads to early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Nonfiction: Don’t Do It: The Simple Solution to Clearing the To-Do List

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:14:14 GMT

According to Tiffany Dufu’s “Drop the Ball” and Stephen Marche’s “The Unmade Bed,” there’s a solution to those impossible household to-do lists: Quit.

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Fiction: An Unassuming Heroine Envies Her Harvard Classmates the Confidence of Their Convictions

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:17 GMT

Elif BatumanElif Batuman’s new novel, “The Idiot,” is a rejoinder to the pressure on literature to serve as self-help.

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‘Power Must Be Taken’: Excerpts From ‘The Anarchist Cookbook’

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:29:53 GMT

The book, published by William Powell in 1971, styled itself as a guide for would-be revolutionaries and had information on explosives, guns and drugs.

William Powell, ‘Anarchist Cookbook’ Writer, Dies at 66

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:58:04 GMT

William Powell, as seen in the documentary “American Anarchist.”The author was an angry teenager when he began research on the book, which outlined weapon use, bomb-building techniques and drug manufacturing.

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William McPherson, Book Critic and Novelist, Dies at 84

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:05:28 GMT

William McPherson in a photograph from 1977.The Pulitzer Prize winner wrote for The Washington Post and was the author of the acclaimed novel “Testing the Current.”

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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:26:48 GMT

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

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In AMC’s Western ‘The Son,’ the Novelist Philipp Meyer Lassoes TV

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:41:18 GMT

The novelist Philipp Meyer, whose book “The Son” is being made into a series, at his home in Austin, Tex. The show is the first big project from El Jefe, a production company that Mr. Meyer founded with the writers Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman.

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Fiction: Jerzy Kosinski Stars in a Novel About His Own Strange Life

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:33:30 GMT

Jerzy Kosinski in 1982.Jerome Charyn’s novel “Jerzy” is based on the very slippery life of Jerzy Kosinski.

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Open Book: A Modern Masterpiece Turns 25

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:30:45 GMT

Denis Johnson’s “Jesus’ Son” was recently celebrated at an event in New York by a few of its many prominent writer-fans.

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A Trove on the Women’s Suffrage Struggle, Found in an Old Box

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:22:32 GMT

Isabella Beecher Hooker, left, and Susan B. Anthony. A cache of letters to Hooker from Anthony and other women’s suffragists has been discovered.Nearly 100 letters from Susan B. Anthony and others have come to light, in a collection that shows the complex networks that drove the movement.

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Bob Dylan Will Receive His Nobel Prize While on Tour in Sweden

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:53:20 GMT

Bob Dylan performing in western France in 2012. Mr. Dylan will — finally — accept his Nobel Prize award this weekend.The singer and songwriter, who did not attend the Nobel ceremony in December, is to meet with Academy members with no media present this weekend.

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Chris Colfer: The First Time I Braved New York (and a Taxi!)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:15:16 GMT

The actor and author Chris Colfer. His latest young adult novel is “Stranger Than Fanfiction.”The “Glee” actor and best-selling author, whose latest young adult novel is “Stranger Than Fanfiction,” talks about a rite of passage.

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Claudia Rankine Wins Bobbitt Poetry Prize

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:48:09 GMT

Claudia Rankine, whose “Citizen: An American Lyric” explores race and violence in the United States.The prize, awarded for her book “Citizen: An American Lyric,” comes with $10,000.

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Essay: Luck and the Death Penalty

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:00:01 GMT

This 2002 essay by the playwright Arthur Miller was meant to assist a campaign to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

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David Storey, Novelist and Playwright Lauded on Both Sides of Atlantic, Dies at 83

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:19:17 GMT

David Storey, author of “The Changing Room,” outside the Morosco Theater in 1973.Mr. Storey’s plays often reflected Britain’s class tensions but resonated with audiences around the world and with people of all backgrounds.

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Front Burner: A Drinker’s Guide to Rum

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:11:04 GMT

The book describes scores of rums and provides cocktail recipes.“Rum: The Manual” covers the history of the world’s most diverse spirit.

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Nonfiction: Hitler’s Little Helper: A History of Rampant Drug Use Under the Nazis

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:17 GMT

By the late 1930s, millions of Pervitin pills were shipped each week.Norman Ohler’s “Blitzed” shows that the Nazis were drug-fueled, with methamphetamines for the public and opiates for The Fuhrer.

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With ‘The Big Life,’ Millennial Women Get a New Guide

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:02 GMT

Ann Shoket, the author of “The Big Life,” in her apartment in New York.Ann Shoket, a former editor at Seventeen and at CosmoGirl, has just published the book focusing on her readers’ next challenges.

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When the Party’s Over, He Picks Up His Camera

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:02 GMT

Richard Renaldi now lives in the West Village. When he was 11, his parents took him to Zorine’s, a popular Chicago dance club.The photographer Richard Renaldi, who loves the night life, stationed himself outside of Roseland, Pacha and other New York City clubs, and captured patrons as they left at dawn.

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Adventures in Comics and the Real World

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:11:09 GMT

America Chavez, a Latina and lesbian superhero, stars in a new series. The cover of America No. 1 was drawn by Joe Quinones.America Chavez, a gay, Latina Marvel superhero written by a gay Latina writer, joins a growing list of diverse comic characters.

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Ariel Levy Has Written a Thoroughly Modern Memoir

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:00:03 GMT

Ariel Levy at home in Manhattan, a one-bedroom walk up that she bought when she was married.In “The Rules Do Not Apply,” a writer for The New Yorker interrogates the hoary conceit of “having it all” after a harrowing miscarriage and divorce.

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Q. & A.: Sarah Dunn on the Anatomy of an Open Marriage

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:46:47 GMT

Sarah DunnIn “The Arrangement,” a couple devise a “six-month-long adultery program.”

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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Ties’ to Ferrante?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:19:21 GMT

Domenico Starnone, husband of the woman who has been identified as Elena Ferrante.Domenico Starnone and Jhumpa Lahiri talk about “Ties,” and Mary Otto discusses “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.”

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The Great American Novelist Who Spied for the Soviets

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:13:22 GMT

Nicholas ReynoldsIn a new Hemingway biography, “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy,” the historian Nicholas Reynolds details his subject’s work for a precursor to the K.G.B.

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Open Book: The Head Honcho’s Head Honcho

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:56:41 GMT

Gerald Ford and Dick Cheney in 1975.“The Gatekeepers” is a look at how chiefs of staff have advised, cautioned and encouraged presidents.

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Fiction: Dan Chaon’s Latest Takes on Satanism, Suspicious Deaths and a Faltering Family

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:12 GMT

Dan Chaon’s haunting, strikingly original new novel, “Ill Will,” is a foray into recovered memories and serial killing.

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Fiction: Stepping Out of the Shadow of a Boozy, Bookish Dad

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:00:24 GMT

In “The Barrowfields,” a debut novel by Philip Lewis, a son tries to come to terms with the weight of his family’s past.

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Nonfiction: How a Scrap of Red Paper Enthralled a Century of Collectors

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:00:01 GMT

It went for $9.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2014.James Barron unveils the history of the most expensive stamp ever printed in “The One-Cent Magenta.”

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The Shortlist: Irish Fiction

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:15 GMT

Three new works of Irish fiction by Jess Kidd, Caitriona Lally and John Toomey.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to “The Gestapo,” reading Proust and more.