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Profile: Why Now May (Finally) Be Meg Wolitzer’s Moment

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:51:04 GMT

The novelist Meg Wolitzer, at home in New York City.Her prescient new novel, “The Female Persuasion,” resonates in the #MeToo moment. Is the timing also right to make her a household name?

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Books of The Times: A Chinese Revolutionary, Reinventing Himself in American Exile

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:18:50 GMT

Lauren Hilgers’s “Patriot Number One” offers a detailed and close-up look at immigration through one man’s experience.

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Children’s Books: In New Books for Kids, Women’s Victories Speak Loud and Clear

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:39:33 GMT

Sojourner Truth.On the road to equality, women’s historic achievements have often been dry footnotes in American schools. These authors are out to change that.

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By the Book: Tracy K. Smith: By the Book

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:19:38 GMT

Tracy K. SmithTracy K. Smith, the poet laureate and author of the forthcoming “Wade in the Water,” wrote a college application essay about Thoreau: “I was an aspiring Transcendentalist from a young age.”

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Essay: Before #MeToo, There Was Catharine A. MacKinnon and Her Book ‘Sexual Harassment of Working Women’

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:07 GMT

Catharine A. MacKinnon was a pioneer in the legal claim that sexual harassment was a form of sex discrimination.Why did it take nearly four decades for the world to realize that she was right?

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Fiction: Turf Wars of the Ultra-Wealthy, Upper East Side Style

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:43:34 GMT

Caitlin Macy’s novel “Mrs.” homes in on the conflicted lives of three Manhattan women and the corrupt man on whom they take vengeance.

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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Just the Funny Parts’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:10:48 GMT

Nell Scovell discusses her new memoir, and Joanne Lipman talks about “That’s What She Said.”

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We Asked 7 Lawyers to Untangle the Broadway Fight Over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:33:10 GMT

Gregory Peck, left, who played Atticus Finch, meets with the author Harper Lee in 1962 when the film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was released.Here is how our panel of lawyers looked at key issues in a lawsuit over Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.

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Life as a Runway: What 7 Book Lovers Wore to the Antiquarian Fair

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:41:59 GMT

Gay TaleseThe 58th New York Antiquarian Book Fair brought 210 sellers of rare books to the Park Avenue Armory earlier this month.

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Inside the List: If You Murdered Someone, Would You Know It?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:00:05 GMT

Chris BohjalianThat’s the idea Chris Bohjalian explores in his new psychological thriller, “The Flight Attendant.”

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Bringing Disney’s European Adventures to American Readers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:59:54 GMT

A volume by Romano Scarpa, who was one of the best-known Italian Disney authors.The imprint Fantagraphics is issuing some Mickey and Donald comics in the United States starting in May as part of its “Disney Masters” series.

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Turning a Ghoulish Children’s Book Into a Grand Opera

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:06 GMT

Neil Gaiman’s children’s novella “Coraline” was adapted into an animated movie in 2009. Now it is being transformed again by the Royal Opera in London.Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” has been transformed into an opera in London, with music by Mark-Anthony Turnage. It goes to some genuinely disturbing places.

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Bookshelf: Abélard and Héloïse, and Latter-Day Couples

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:11:41 GMT

In James Carroll’s “The Cloister,” a ’50s Manhattan priest meets a Jewish woman. In Ben Dolnick’s “The Ghost Notebooks,” a pair from Astoria move to a spooky upstate mansion.

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Nonfiction: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hotheaded Perfectionist

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:47:40 GMT

Andrew Lloyd Webber with his musical hero, Richard Rodgers, in 1971.In his new memoir, “Unmasked,” the man behind “Phantom” and “Cats” recalls his fractious relationship with Tim Rice.

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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:28:10 GMT

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

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Barbara Wersba, 85, Dies; Wrote Candid Books for Young Adults

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:39:51 GMT

Barbara Wersba, whose books for young adults reflected a sense of realism missing from earlier works, in an undated photograph.Her books left more sanitized subjects behind and were among the first to explore topics like alcoholism and same-sex relationships.

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Fiction: She Dared to Write Poetry About Sex. Iranians Loved and Hated Her for It.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:54:47 GMT

The Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad died in a car accident in 1967, when she was 32.Jasmin Darznik’s elegant novel “Song of a Captive Bird” celebrates the turbulent life of Iran’s most infamous female poet.

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Bill Cunningham Left Behind a Secret Memoir

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:50:22 GMT

Bill Cunningham designing his hats.Famously private, the society photographer waited till after his death to publish “Fashion Climbing.”

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Wolfgang Tillmans Explores the Role of Art in a Post-Truth World

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:48:36 GMT

Wolfgang Tillmans was the first photographer to win the Turner Prize, in 2000; in 2017, he had a large, midcareer retrospective at Tate Modern in London.The German photographer, as guest editor of a prestigious annual collection of essays, considers the increasing rejection of facts in political and social discourse.

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Paperback Row

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:46:09 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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When Two Bunnies Love Each Other Very Much, and Troll the Pences

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:40:43 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, with their pet bunny Marlon Bundo last year.John Oliver’s parody of the Pence family’s book about their pet bunny has bumped pre-orders of James B. Comey’s memoir from the top spot.

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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:18:38 GMT

Paule MarshallIn which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Paule Marshall on how her mother’s relationship to language inspired her career.

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Letters to the Editor

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:18:34 GMT

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

New & Noteworthy

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:35:32 GMT

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

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Books of The Times: In ‘Godsong,’ a New Poem That’s 2,000 Years Old

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:45:50 GMT

Amit Majmudar’s verse translation of the Bhagavad Gita offers a ravishing and faithful version of that enigmatic religious text.

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Sketchbook: A Well-Read Woman

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:27:23 GMT

Celebrating the literary lives of girls with a nod to the illustrator William Steig’s ‘CDB!’

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The Shortlist: Collections of Essays by Writers Old and Young

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:50:17 GMT

Ursula Le Guin, Tim Kreider and Morgan Jerkins comment on what it is like to live in 21st-century America.

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Nonfiction: Why ‘Tomorrow Will Be Different’ for the Transgender Community

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:58:11 GMT

Sarah McBrideA memoir by Sarah McBride, the first openly trans person to speak at a major party convention, details her life’s battles both public and private.

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Nonfiction: A Call to Action for Girl Squads Everywhere

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:11:16 GMT

Kayleen Schaefer’s “Text Me When You Get Home” puts the fierce friendships between women on a pedestal.

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Nonfiction: Portraits of ‘Brazen’ Women Who Lived as They Wanted

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:18:45 GMT

Pénélope Bagieu, the French graphic novelist, has created a visual tribute to 29 women who broke the mold.

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Fiction: If It’s a Man’s World, Let’s Escape It … or Subvert It

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:24:09 GMT

Danielle Lazarin’s story collection, “Back Talk,” probes the lives of American women whose privilege doesn’t protect them from society’s burdens.

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Beijing Journal: A Beijing Bookstore Where George Washington Is on the Shelves

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:16:19 GMT

The All Sages Bookstore in Beijing “is a way to express our longing for freedom and our hope for the establishment of a free society,” its owner says.All Sages Bookstore, run by a onetime Tiananmen protester, has survived the capital’s ferocious property market and the censorship of the Xi Jinping era.

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A Puerto Rican Hero Joins With Wonder Woman and Others for Hurricane Relief

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:00:06 GMT

The cover of “Ricanstruction” features the Puerto Rican hero La Borinqueña alongside Wonder Woman.DC Comics characters and the Puerto Rican heroine La Borinqueña are part of an anthology, “Ricanstruction,” set for a May 23 release.

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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Reading for Precocious Preteens

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:00:02 GMT

Adolescent-appropriate fiction to challenge and inspire budding bookworms.

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Will James Comey’s Book Be the Next ‘Fire and Fury’?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:27:18 GMT

In this June 8, 2017 file photo, former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.The book surged to No. 1 on Amazon over the weekend.

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Nonfiction: The Revolution Has Been Televised

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:59:35 GMT

A scene from “Girls,” with Riz Ahmed and Lena Dunham.Joy Press’s new book, “Stealing the Show,” traces the ways in which women have transformed the TV landscape.

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Nonfiction: When Doctors Don’t Listen to Women

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:09:26 GMT

Doctors in a consultation center confer regarding a patient, sometime around 1956.Abby Norman’s “Ask Me About My Uterus” describes her quest to get proper medical attention.

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Nonfiction: Trust Your Own Heart, Write Your Own Story and Fight On

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:35:27 GMT

Hillary ClintonIn “Dear Madam President,” the Clinton campaign’s former communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, tells young women how to succeed in politics.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Goes From Stage to Page

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:54:15 GMT

The musical "Dear Evan Hansen" at the Music Box Theater.In an inversion of the usual adaptation process, the creators of the hit musical are releasing a novel based on the play.

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Nonfiction: How Silicon Valley Turned Into ‘Brotopia’

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:14:07 GMT

Emily Chang examines a tech culture that has become a boys’ club, hostile and averse to women.

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Review: ‘Leonora and Alejandro’ and One Rather Trippy Encounter

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:27:27 GMT

Amanda Miller as the Pajaro and Jennifer Johnson as Leonora Carrington, with Carlos Uriona as Alejandro Jodorowsky in the shadows, in “Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro,” at Montclair State University.A new show draws on the art and writings of Leonora Carrington and Alejandro Jodorowsky, and gives viewers a peek into an expansive world.

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Books of The Times: A New Biography Traces Tiger Woods’s Mythical Rise and Fall

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:27:39 GMT

Like a pair of supersleuths, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian reconstruct the golfer’s life and offer new angles on old stories.

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Nonfiction: Science’s Invisible Women

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:51:08 GMT

British women in the 1920s using chemical processes to test batches of milk from cows.Two new books, Patricia Fara’s “A Lab of One’s Own” and Claire L. Evans’s “Broad Band,” put women back into the history of science.

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Nonfiction: Come-Ons, Takedowns and Insults: What It’s Like to Write Comedy as a Woman

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:10 GMT

Nell ScovellIn “Just the Funny Parts,” Nell Scovell — who’s crafted jokes for everyone from David Letterman to President Obama — describes the toxic misogyny she’s endured.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Missionary’s Daughter in Haiti

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:00:01 GMT

In “The Gospel of Trees,” Apricot Irving recounts the formative years she spent in Haiti while her father was devoted to reforestation efforts there.

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First Person: These Days I Miss John Updike, a Remote and Noble Male Mentor

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:20:43 GMT

After I rejected a married male supervisor, my dream job disappeared, but Updike, chronicler of adultery, remained a beacon of propriety and hope.

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