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Nonfiction: The Curious Conundrum of Freud’s Persistent Influence

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:15 GMT

“Freud,” a critical biography by Frederick Crews, asks why the creator of a scientifically delegitimized blueprint of the mind still carries so much sway.

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Nonfiction: A Family Memoir Makes the Case That Autism Is Different, Not Less

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:28 GMT

Judith Newman’s “To Siri With Love,” about life with an autistic son, is both riotous and moving.

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By the Book: Karl Ove Knausgaard: By the Book

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:00:14 GMT

Karl Ove KnausgaardThe author of the six-volume autobiographical novel “My Struggle” and, most recently, “Autumn” steers clear of crime fiction: “I only read crime novels when I’m depressed, so I try to avoid them.”

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Profile: Why George Guidall Is the Undisputed King of Audiobooks

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:16:31 GMT

George Guidall, who has been the voice of more than 1,300 audiobooks, in the recording studio.His rich baritone has been called the voice of choice for more than 1,300 pieces of literature, including “Crime and Punishment,” “The Corrections” and plenty of Stephen King.

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Crime: Crime Fiction: Sue Grafton Nears the End of Her Alphabet Mysteries

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Kinsey Millhone makes one of her last crime column appearances. Elsewhere, we meet rough limo drivers, inept Laotian athletes and a wry L.A. coroner.

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Nonfiction: Ellen Ullman’s New Book Tackles Tech’s Woman Problem

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:00:14 GMT

Ellen UllmanThe pioneering programmer discusses her career and the dangers the internet poses to culture, privacy and civility in “Life in Code.”

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The Book Review Podcast: Analyzing Freud

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:31:30 GMT

George Prochnik discusses Frederick Crews’s “Freud,” and Nancy MacLean talks about “Democracy in Chains.”

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Editors' Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:25:33 GMT

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

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When Self-Criticism Was an Order, These Portraits Were Revolutionary

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:42:17 GMT

Wang Qiuhang in Beijing in 1966. A new book of Mr. Wang’s photography is called “Cultural Revolution Selfies.”“Cultural Revolution Selfies,” a new book by Wang Qiuhang, includes subversive images, taken during China’s Cultural Revolution, of the photographer himself.

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Cultural Studies: 20 Years After Diana’s Death, a Happier Ending Imagined

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:01:02 GMT

Princess Diana in 1985.In an age of alternative facts, “fan fiction” about celebrities (living and dead) has become more popular.

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What I Love: A Tudor Castle for Nelson DeMille

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:04:28 GMT

The best-selling author Nelson DeMille wanted a house that was appropriately large and Tudor-style — just not too Tudor.

Open Book: Updating DNA’s Life Story

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:23:05 GMT

An updated edition of James D. Watson’s “DNA: The Story of the Genetic Revolution” includes new material on the progress in cancer research and the latest in personal genomics.

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The Saturday Profile: A Chinese Poet’s Unusual Path From Isolated Farm Life to Celebrity

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:59:35 GMT

Yu Xiuhua in the farmhouse in Hengdian where she grew up and began writing the passionate poetry that has caused a sensation in China.Yu Xiuhua, born with cerebral palsy, lived a quiet village life. She is now a literary sensation whose vivid, erotic poems are “stained with blood.”

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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:50:56 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: the legacy of Roland Barthes.

Inside the List: A Science Writer Embraces Buddhism as a Path to Enlightenment

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:44:02 GMT

Robert WrightRobert Wright, whose book “Why Buddhism Is True” is a best seller, has been a spiritual seeker for a long time.

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Fiction: When Selling Out Brings Cash but Not Happiness

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:40:07 GMT

A writer finds commercial success in Scott Spencer’s novel “River Under the Road,” but at what cost to his self-esteem and his marriage?

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Fiction: Money, Murder and a Missing Heir in a Thriller Set in Greece

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:29:37 GMT

In Christopher Bollen’s new literary thriller, “The Destroyers,” a young playboy vanishes on the Greek island of Patmos.

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16 Members of White House Arts Committee Resign to Protest Trump

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:28:31 GMT

Chuck Close at his home in Long Beach last year.Artists, authors, performers and others stepped down from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities after Mr. Trump’s remarks about white nationalists.

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Cambridge University Press Removes Academic Articles on Chinese Site

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:25:19 GMT

A screen grab of The China Quarterly search page.The Chinese authorities had ordered the publishing house to censor more than 300 articles related to sensitive issues or its site risked being shut down.

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The Shortlist: Disappearing Acts: Thrillers Stalk Women With Deadly Secrets

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:25 GMT

In three new thrillers the search is on: for a missing best friend, a possibly dead mom and a really angry stalker.

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Nonfiction: ‘Surfing With Sartre’: Does Riding a Wave Help Solve Existential Mysteries?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:22 GMT

In his latest book, the philosopher Aaron James finds profound meaning in his favorite pastime.

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Nonfiction: The Russian Revolution Recast as an Epic Family Tragedy

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:21 GMT

Constructivist and neo-Classical, the House of Government in Moscow was designed on a scale larger than life.Yuri Slezkine’s “The House of Government” tells the story of Bolshevik elites who became targets of their own terror.

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Paperback Row: Paperback Row

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:17 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Fiction: Food, Folklore and Fulfillment Against a French Backdrop

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:13 GMT

The protagonists of two summer novels, by Nina George and Hannah Tunnicliffe, discover the lives they really want in the French region of Brittany.

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Nonfiction: Giving the Lie to the Notion that Warfare Is ‘Unwomanly’

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:04 GMT

Volunteer Russian women warriors take up arms in defense of their country.Svetlana Alexievich’s “The Unwomanly Face of War” collects memories of the Russian women who fought against Hitler.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to the single genre issues, Allen Ginsberg and more.

Art Review: Maira Kalman’s Irreverent Pictures for the Grammar Bible

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:40:24 GMT

Maira Kalman’s illustration in “The Elements of Style” illuminates a section on restrictive clauses: “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”The first New York showing of all 57 illustrations that Maira Kalman dared to make for “The Elements of Style,” the primer on writing well.

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Hollywood on Tape

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:59:56 GMT

Meryl Streep at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., in February.Many celebrities are in on the audiobook business. Here, readings from more than 20 of them.

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Newsbook: 3 Books on North Korea and the Threat of Nuclear War

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:13:47 GMT

Two books offer readers insight into the Orwellian society, and another discusses policy solutions.

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Chinese Novelist Is Arrested in 4 Murders From 2 Decades Ago

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:47:57 GMT

Liu Yongbiao, author of “The Guilty Secret,” had planned a novel about a writer who got away with a series of killings.

To Hit a Passer and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: A Linebacker’s Two Sides

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:11:31 GMT

The Giants’ Devon Kennard created a vibrant online book club this summer.The Giants’ linebacker has created a vibrant book club on Instagram, drawing fans and fellow readers.

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Books of The Times: A Personal, Breezy Tour of Classic Children’s Books

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:09:41 GMT

In “Wild Things,” Bruce Handy curates passages from his favorite books for kids, allowing readers both literary pleasure and a kind of time travel.

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Sketchbook / Graphic Review: Jillian Tamaki on ‘The Sky Is Falling’

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:50:00 GMT

Jillian Tamaki revisits “The Sky Is Falling,” the children’s classic about British children evacuated to Canada during World War II.

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Fiction: A Postmodern Buddy-Cop Novel Sends Up the World of Semiotics

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:28 GMT

Laurent Binet’s “The Seventh Function of Language” turns the story of the death of Roland Barthes into a romp through the days when literary theory reigned.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe House Is for Sale Online

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:45:30 GMT

The house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born is for sale. This 1998 photograph shows it being disassembled.The Litchfield, Conn., home where Stowe grew up has been listed on eBay for $400,000.

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Books of The Times: ‘New People’ Riffs on Race and Love, With a Twist

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:13:57 GMT

Danzy Senna’s new novel follows a woman’s love triangle (of sorts) with two men.

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Nonfiction: How the Radical Right Played the Long Game and Won

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:22 GMT

James McGill Buchanan, shortly after the announcement that he won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics.In “Democracy in Chains,” Nancy MacLean digs into the work of the economist James McGill Buchanan, who paved the way for our current political moment.

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Fiction: An Art World Mystery Wrapped in the Story of a Young Woman Coming Unglued

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:20 GMT

Lucy IvesLucy Ives’s “Impossible Views of the World” is a fictional work about a disappearance in the art community.

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Nonfiction: An Intellectual Historian Argues His Case Against Identity Politics

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:17 GMT

Clinton supporters at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center on election night.In his slim polemic “The Once and Future Liberal,” Mark Lilla urges the left to overcome its differences.

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What to Read Before You Head to Pittsburgh

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:18:45 GMT

Writers like August Wilson, John Edgar Wideman and Michael Chabon have used the city as a backdrop for their stories.

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Match Book: Desperately Seeking Love Stories With a Temporal Twist

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:45:01 GMT

A reader desires romance — dazzling, literary, unsettled by time. Our columnist responds with titles by John Fowles, Italo Calvino, A. S. Byatt and others.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:20:01 GMT

In light of the deadly violence during a white supremacist rally in Virginia this weekend, here are books to help you discuss racism and anti-Semitism at home.

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Books of The Times: An Artist’s Childhood, Etched in Trauma and Abandonment

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:53:42 GMT

Emma ReyesIn her epistolary memoir, “The Book of Emma Reyes,” the Colombian painter recounts her childhood in Bogotá, made vivid by the horrors of the workhouse.

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Nonfiction: How the Lincoln-Douglas Rivalry Defined a Nation

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:00:21 GMT

Abraham LincolnIn “Wrestling With His Angel,” the second volume of his biography of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal tells of Lincoln’s circuitous journey to Republican embrace.

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Fiction: In Delhi or America, the Men in These Stories Behave Badly

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:00:21 GMT

Akhil Sharma’s story collection, “A Life of Adventure and Delight,” is a cultural exposé and a lacerating critique of a certain type of male ego.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Eat Only When You’re Hungry’

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:32:36 GMT

The writer Lindsay Hunter.Lindsay Hunter discusses her new novel about a man’s road trip as he searches for his drug-addicted son.

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