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Books of The Times: Rachel Kushner’s ‘The Mars Room’ Offers Big Ideas in Close Quarters

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:03:12 GMT

Kushner’s gritty and persuasive book about a woman sentenced to life in prison recalls works by Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson and Charles Bukowski.

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Nonfiction: The State That Foreshadows America’s Future

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:00:06 GMT

Lawrence Wright’s “God Save Texas” is a loving and skeptical portrait of the place he calls home.

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Nonfiction: How California Turned Into a ‘State of Resistance’

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:42:34 GMT

Protestors defend California’s sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants in a March rally.The sociologist Manuel Pastor explores the rise, fall and rise again of America’s most populous state.

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Books of The Times: Jake Tapper’s ‘Hellfire Club’ Takes Us Back to McCarthy-Era America

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:00:01 GMT

The first novel by the CNN anchor is about a new congressman with secrets, and it includes a parade of high-profile political cameos.

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Fiction: Jo Nesbo Sculpts ‘Macbeth’ Into Shadowy Crime Noir

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:05 GMT

The Norwegian crime writer turns Shakespeare’s tragedy into a fast-paced thriller about murder and corruption in 1970s Glasgow.

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By the Book: James B. Comey: By the Book

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:30:59 GMT

James B. ComeyWhen James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director and author of “A Higher Loyalty,” reads fiction, it’s “almost always something my kids are reading, so I can … pretend to be cool.”

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Nonfiction: Can Sobriety Be as Interesting as Addiction? A Writer Wonders

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:12:24 GMT

Leslie JamisonIn “The Recovering,” the novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison explores her own alcoholism and the struggle to make art out of giving up drinking.

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The Book Review Podcast: Jo Nesbo Reimagines ‘Macbeth’

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:26:36 GMT

James Shapiro discusses Nesbo’s new novel, and Leila Slimani talks about “The Perfect Nanny.”

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Nonfiction: In This Space Race, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk Are Competing to Take You There

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:08 GMT

Jeff Bezos, founder of and Blue Origin.Two new books, “The Space Barons” and “Rocket Billionaires,” tell the story of the entrepreneurial push to leave Earth.

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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:06 GMT

A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Nonfiction: The Walls That Hillary Clinton Created

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:06 GMT

Hillary Clinton gives a concession speech to her campaign staff and supporters on Nov. 9, 2016.Amy Chozick’s “Chasing Hillary” describes the impossibility of covering the two Clinton presidential campaigns.

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Fiction: When the Aftermath of a Shooting Is as Devastating as the Crime

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:30:04 GMT

Two new novels — “If We Had Known,” by Elise Juska, and “How to Be Safe,” by Tom McAllister — imagine communities roiled by mass murder.

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Ai Weiwei’s Little Blue Book on the Refugee Crisis

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:49:17 GMT

Ai Weiwei on the Greek island Lesbos, 2016, where he filmed Turkish refugees coming ashore for “Human Flow.” “Freedom is not an absolute condition, but a result of resistance,” he says in his new book, “Humanity.”The artist, on his response to the migrant crisis: “In China we say, ‘When birds pass over the sky...’ I’m just one of the birds who made some sounds.”

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Nancy Has Been in the Comics Since 1933. Now She Uses Snapchat.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:24:56 GMT

The Nancy comic strip has a fresh voice, from Olivia Jaimes, but not all readers are happy. Ms. Jaimes seemed to address critics with this note in a strip, in which she mentions a Snapchat filter.Olivia Jaimes, the latest cartoonist and first woman to draw “Nancy,” has brought earbuds, Snapchat filters and apps into the venerable character’s world.

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Front Burner: From Missoni, a Stylish Cookbook

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:11:19 GMT

The author is the son of Angela Missoni, the fashion house’s creative director.The colorful Italian fashion house has published an equally vibrant cookbook by the son of its creative director.

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material culture: Who Bought Sylvia Plath’s Stuff?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:00:01 GMT

Sylvia Plath's yellow checked summer frock sold for $1,417.A tartan kilt, fishing rod and dragon pendant were among items auctioned recently by the poet’s daughter, Frieda Hughes.

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Open Thread: Let’s Talk About History

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:30:01 GMT

News in style books, answering a reader’s questions about trends and remembering the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.

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Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on Government Corruption

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:39:08 GMT

A look at how Citizens United and a network of plutocrats have shaped the country’s politics.

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Nonfiction: Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:40:06 GMT

Madeleine AlbrightIn her new book, “Fascism: A Warning,” the former secretary of state finds the seeds of authoritarian rule in social, political and economic chaos.

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Inside the List: This Best-Selling Author Lives With 4 Dogs, 17 Chickens, 3 Horses, a Pony and a Cat

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:15 GMT

Lisa ScottolineShe may care for a veritable menagerie, but Lisa Scottoline still writes three books a year, including the just-published thriller “After Anna.”

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Nonfiction: A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:13 GMT

The Harvard geneticist David Reich details his groundbreaking research into ancient DNA in “Who We Are and How We Got Here.”

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Fiction: In This Novel, a Grieving Widow Becomes the Detective Hero

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:12 GMT

“The Bible of Dirty Jokes,” by Eileen Pollack, tracks a middle-aged woman’s quest to find her lost brother and her own independence.

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The Shortlist: Four Books Explore Various Aspects of Cities Past and Present

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:56:31 GMT

Ecology, eccentricity, celebrity, policy: Urban living brings it all together.

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Fiction: A War Correspondent Comes Home, Bringing War With Her

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:12 GMT

The heroine of Wendell Steavenson’s novel, “Paris Metro,” hoping to find safety for her Iraqi stepson in France, encounters danger instead.

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Nonfiction: How Picasso Became Picasso

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:11 GMT

Pablo Picasso in 1946.In “Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World,” Miles J. Unger follows the painter’s early career, culminating in “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.”

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Paperback Row

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:12 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Fiction: When a Young Immigrant Vanishes in London, Can a Wildlife Biologist Help?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:11 GMT

In Aminatta Forna’s novel “Happiness,” an American biologist and a Ghanaian psychiatrist find common ground among the urban dispossessed.

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Nonfiction: When to Wage War, and How to Win: A Guide

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:08 GMT

John Lewis Gaddis’s “On Grand Strategy” is a study of global thinking at the highest levels.

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Sketchbook | The Literati: Agatha Christie Solves the Mystery of Happiness in Marriage

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:07 GMT

When the author of “Murder on the Orient Express” rode that very train on a journey toward true love.

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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:01 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Edwin Clark on “The Great Gatsby.”

Letters to the Editor

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Sergio Pitol, Inventive and Honored Mexican Author, Dies at 85

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:38:59 GMT

Sergio Pitol delivering a speech at the University of Alcala, near Madrid, in 2006, after receiving the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world.Mr. Pitol won the prestigious Cervantes Prize for a body of work that blended genres. King Juan Carlos I of Spain said it “seduced us with the truth.”

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Profile: CNN’s Jake Tapper Has Emerged as a Staunch Defender of Facts in the Trump Era. So Why Is He Writing Fiction?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:46:20 GMT

Tapper’s debut novel, “The Hellfire Club,” a historical thriller set in 1950s Washington, has some unsettling parallels to today’s political climate.

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Otherworldly: Princesses, Priestesses and Time Travel: What’s New in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:50:50 GMT

Amal El-Mohtar looks at new retellings of ancient tales, including a space opera, a futuristic “King Lear,” and an eco-thriller.

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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:32:54 GMT

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

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Nonfiction: The Essays Are Personal. The Truths Are Universal.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:52:25 GMT

Sloane CrosleySloane Crosley’s third collection, “Look Alive Out There,” blends deep pathos with the author’s signature humor.

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Q&A: Tracy K. Smith and Jacqueline Woodson Talk Reading, Race and Spreading the Gospel of Literature

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:04 GMT

Tracy K. Smith, left, and Jacqueline Woodson in Manhattan for lunch.One’s the U.S. poet laureate. The other is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Can they bring literature to the masses?

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Cleo Wade Is Everybody’s BFF

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:22:49 GMT

Cleo Wade at her bohemian apartment, which overlooks Tompkins Square Park in the East Village of Manhattan.The Instagram poet’s besties include Katy Perry, Reese Witherspoon and Senator Cory Booker. “I consider him family,” Ms. Wade said.

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Unbuttoned: James Comey Still Looks the Part

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:01 GMT

James B. Comey being sworn in during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington in 2017.The former F.B.I. director has made the rounds this week, offering his take on what “ethical leadership” means. If we’re going by appearances, it’s a lot like the movies.

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Read The Times’s Reviews of Every Book That Won a 2018 Pulitzer

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:39:33 GMT

Besides the journalism prizes, the committee awarded five Pulitzers to books this week. Here are our reviews.

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Fiction: A Paralyzed Army Vet Walks Again. Is He Healed — or Is It a Hoax?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:30:04 GMT

In his funny, bighearted new novel, “Anatomy of a Miracle,” Jonathan Miles skewers faith, fame and what the truth means to different people.

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Venice Architecture Biennale to Honor Kenneth Frampton

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:46:05 GMT

Kenneth Frampton, a historian from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, will receive the award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale.The historian and critic, whom the biennale’s president called “a maestro,” will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

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Nonfiction: In ‘The Woman’s Hour,’ the Battle Over the 19th Amendment Comes to Life

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:44:13 GMT

After Congress failed to act on the federal suffrage amendment, Alice Paul’s National Woman’s Party went after President Woodrow Wilson and the Democrats in 1916.The deliciousness of the details in Elaine Weiss’s new book suggests that certain historical figures warrant entire novels of their own.

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Books of The Times: In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright Ranges Far and Wide

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:16:05 GMT

The author of “The Looming Tower” and “Going Clear” captures the Lone Star State in all its shame and glory.

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Fiction: For These Characters, Foreign Cultures Are Just Another Consumer Good

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:42:20 GMT

The globe-trotting cosmopolitans in Michelle de Kretser’s satirical new novel, “The Life to Come,” make a fetish of travel and prepare exotic meals with an eye to Instagram.

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Feature: How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep Into Big Business

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:14:20 GMT

This generation’s Doctor Spock popularized the swaddle and simple techniques for soothing infants. Why is he now selling a $1,160 robotic bassinet?

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Bill Nack, Who Covered the Horses From Up Close, Dies at 77

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:25:59 GMT

Bill Nack in a stable in Virginia in 1993. In articles for Sports Illustrated and in a biography of Secretariat, he observed horse racing with a literary eye from the stable to the track.

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