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Books of The Times: ‘The Monk of Mokha’ is Dave Eggers’s Latest PG-13 Story About the American Dream

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:43:17 GMT

Eggers’s new book is about a man, the son of Yemeni immigrants, who becomes obsessed with restoring the honor of Yemeni coffee.

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Books of The Times: In ‘Frankenstein in Baghdad,’ a Fantastical Manifestation of War’s Cruelties

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:19:41 GMT

Ahmed Saadawi’s novel, set in U.S.-occupied Iraq, is an ingenious updating of Mary Shelley’s classic.

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Fiction: A Novel That Asks, What if Abortion Were Again Illegal?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:00:25 GMT

“Red Clocks,” by Leni Zumas, imagines a dystopian near-future in which women are once again stripped of reproductive freedoms.

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Help Desk: Everything You Can Do, They Can Do Better

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:00:15 GMT

Foreign self-help advice for American strivers: French tips on geriatric sex and generic charm, plus Swedish and Japanese hints on achieving serenity.

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Interview: No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:23:40 GMT

Philip Roth, photographed at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in January 2018.In an exclusive interview, the (former) novelist shares his thoughts on Trump, #MeToo and retirement.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Rags-to-Riches Life of Kirk Kerkorian

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:00:14 GMT

William C. Rempel discusses “The Gambler,” his biography of Kerkorian, who dropped out of eighth grade and ended up on the Forbes list of billionaires.

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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Off the Charts’

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:29:55 GMT

Ann Hulbert discusses her new book about child prodigies, and Sam Graham-Felsen talks about his debut novel, “Green.”

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The Passion and Peril of Birding

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:00:15 GMT

Ernst Haeckel’s drawing of hummingbirds.Three new books, reviewed by Richard Prum, take an unvarnished look at birdmania, from the fun to the pathological.

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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Tales From Behind the Camera?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:00:02 GMT

Books that reveal the process of making glamorous productions on stage and screen.

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New & Noteworthy

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:26:03 GMT

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

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Chinese Police Seize Publisher From Train in Front of Diplomats

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:14:36 GMT

Protesters in Hong Kong demanded freedom for detained booksellers including Gui Minhai, pictured, in 2016.Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen who published critical books in Hong Kong, was seized in China while being escorted by Swedish envoys.

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Profile: Your Book Editor Just Snagged Your Spot on the Best-Seller List

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:17:13 GMT

Daniel Mallory, aka A.J. Finn, in his New York apartment.Daniel Mallory submitted “The Woman in the Window,” a psychological thriller, under a pseudonym. His own publishing house bought it.

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Inside the List: A Young Novelist Grapples With Matters of Life and Death

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:15:05 GMT

Chloe BenjaminForget the sophomore slump — Chloe Benjamin’s second novel, “The Immortalists,” has rocketed to No. 7 in its first week on sale.

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Sketchbook: A Writer’s State of Mind

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:52:37 GMT

A graphic reminder of the greatest secret to success as an author.

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Fiction: A Novel That Echoes Naipaul, Exploring the Limits of Freedom

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:23 GMT

Neel MukherjeeNeel Mukherjee’s “State of Freedom” offers five interconnected stories set in India and exploring the lives of the unmoored.

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Fiction: From Isabel Allende, a Novel of Three Immigrants and a Brooklyn Misadventure

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:21 GMT

Two professors aid an undocumented worker following an accident that launches a trio of narratives about life lived across America’s borders in “In the Midst of Winter.”

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The Shortlist: From Naples to Tokyo, New Books in Translation

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:21 GMT

Four new novels cover the globe with stories that range from the quirky to the devastating.

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Fiction: Madeleine Thien’s New Novel of Communist Occupation Turns Inward

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:20 GMT

Madeleine Thien“Dogs at the Perimeter” follows a woman born under the reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia as she navigates the mental perils of life as a survivor.

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Paperback Row: Paperback Row

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:19 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Fiction: Beware of Family Members Bearing Gifts

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:16 GMT

In “Winter,” the second in her cycle of seasonal novels, Ali Smith engineers a contentious Christmas reunion between two long-estranged sisters.

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Nonfiction: Reclaiming the Past in the Internet’s ‘Infinite Present’

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:13 GMT

Annie ErnauxThe French writer Annie Ernaux uses “The Years” to anchor her particular 20th-century memories within the daunting flux of 21st-century society.

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Crime: Keep Watch Over Your Children: Danger Lurks Everywhere

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:25:50 GMT

In Marilyn Stasio’s latest Crime column, we meet a murderous nanny, an abducted teenager, a little boy stranded in the high desert and a mad bomber.

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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:02 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: William Peden’s 1959 review of Philip Roth’s first book.

Elena Ferrante, Reclusive Novelist, Joins The Guardian as a Columnist

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:40:25 GMT

Elena Ferrante’s novels in a bookstore in Rome.The mysterious and pseudonymous Italian writer will write weekly about childhood, aging, gender and love in the British paper’s Weekend section.

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The Shindigger: ‘Fire and Fury’ Is Feted by the Media Elite Trump Excoriates

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:39:18 GMT

Michael Wolff in Philadelphia earlier this week.Yukking it up with Ann Coulter and Janice Min in the affluent heart of Manhattan for Michael Wolff.

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Peter Mayle, Who Wrote of ‘A Year in Provence,’ Is Dead at 78

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:32:47 GMT

Peter Mayle in an undated photo. “The chapters more or less wrote themselves,” he said of his best-selling book.Mr. Mayle, an Englishman, spawned a genre in 1989 with his travel memoir about renovating a house in Southern France.

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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:53:17 GMT

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

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New & Noteworthy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:10:11 GMT

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

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What Sat on Trump’s Nightstand This Year?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:00:18 GMT

We know what books others are reading about Trump. But what is the president reading?Here are books the president has tweeted about since taking office in 2017.

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Profile: When a Therapist Puts Buddhism Into Practice

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:05:51 GMT

Mark Epstein, whose books explore the intersection of Buddhism and Western psychotherapy, at his home in Manhattan.Mark Epstein wrote a slew of popular books on the intersection of Western and Eastern thought, but kept his work with patients separate. Then came his father’s illness, and a new book: “Advice Not Given.”

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Newsbook: On the Presidency’s Fraught Relationship With the Press

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:47:27 GMT

These books explores how administrations like Richard Nixon’s and Theodore Roosevelt’s worked with or fought against the news media.

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Nonfiction: When Rape Becomes a Weapon of War

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:00:29 GMT

Nadia MuradNadia Murad’s “The Last Girl” describes a Yazidi woman’s kidnapping by Islamist militants.

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Nonfiction: Knausgaard’s Seasonal Book Series Continues With a Wintry Mix

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:00:24 GMT

The essays in “Winter” have a characteristically Scandinavian focus on darkness, snow, quiet, emptiness and depression.

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By the Book: Simon Sebag Montefiore: By the Book

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:00:22 GMT

In childhood, the historian and novelist was a “voracious, excitable, starry-eyed” reader. He still is.

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Bookshelf: ‘A Time to Stir’ Evokes the Zeal of Columbia’s 1968 Protests

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:20:19 GMT

A new collection of essays by people linked to the student protests at Columbia University offers a fresh view of the uprising, nearly 50 years later.

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‘Fire and Fury’ May Be Coming to a Screen Near You

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:45:45 GMT

Since its publication less than two weeks ago, “Fire and Fury” has raised questions about President Trump’s fitness for office and helped lead to the banishment of Stephen K. Bannon from the president’s inner circle.Endeavor Content has acquired the rights to Michael Wolff’s No. 1 best-selling book. But no TV network or film studio is attached to the project.

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Books of The Times: If Liberalism Is Dead, What Comes Next?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:16:51 GMT

In “Why Liberalism Failed,” Patrick J. Deneen argues that mere tinkering will not address profound discontent with the political establishment.

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Books News: Lupita Nyong’o to Publish a Children’s Book

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:45:09 GMT

Actress Lupita Nyong’o at the National Board of Review awards gala in New York, on Jan. 9.Drawing on her experience as a child who felt self-conscious about her dark skin, the actress hopes to help other kids reimagine what is beautiful.

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Tech We’re Using: How Technology Is (and Isn’t) Changing Our Reading Habits

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:41 GMT

When Alexandra Alter, a reporter who covers the books industry, doesn’t want to lose herself in what she’s reading, or lose her balance on the subway, she reaches for her Kindle.Alexandra Alter, who covers books for The Times, discussed the limits to how tech has transformed the industry.

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Fiction: A Novel of 1918 New Orleans, With Murder and All That Jazz

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:00:23 GMT

Louis Armstrong, holding his trumpet, poses with a band at a radio station in New Orleans in the 1920s.In Nathaniel Rich’s “King Zeno,” a great American city and a new kind of music take shape as the Spanish flu and a serial killer both run rampant.

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Nonfiction: Gifted and Talented and Complicated

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:00:23 GMT

In “Off the Charts,” Ann Hulbert examines the lives of child prodigies, who often fail to sustain their accomplishments into adulthood.

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Keorapetse Kgositsile, 79, South African Poet and Activist, Dies

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:44:37 GMT

Keorapetse Kgositsile in an undated photograph. In New York he fell in with writers and musicians, among them Hugh Masekela, Amiri Baraka (then known as LeRoi Jones) and Ishmael Reed.He received acclaim while living in the United States; when he returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid, he was welcomed as a hero.

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