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Nonfiction: It’s Not Just Unfair: Inequality Is a Threat to Our Governance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:02 GMT

In “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution” Ganesh Sitaraman examines inequality not only as an economic problem but also as a threat to American democracy.

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Otherworldly: The Best of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy, From an Intergalactic Love Story to New York City Under Water

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:00:02 GMT

A graphic novel, a story collection, an apocalyptic novella and New York City under water: N.K. Jemisin reviews the latest in science fiction and fantasy.

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By the Book: Fran Lebowitz: By the Book

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:11:26 GMT

Fran LebowitzThe humorist and social commentator says her ideal literary dinner party is one that nobody is invited to: “My idea of a great literary dinner party is Fran, eating alone, reading a book.”

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Books of The Times: From Camille Paglia, ‘Free Women, Free Men’ and No Sacred Cows

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:39:16 GMT

Camille Paglia, the author of “Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism.”This essay collection finds a firebrand author railing against modern feminism and groupthink at American universities.

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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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Nonfiction: On the Trail With a Biographer Bringing Lost Lives to Light

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:22 GMT

Percy Bysshe Shelley in Rome.“This Long Pursuit” puts us on the ground with the master biographer Richard Holmes and the elusive lives he inhabits.

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Fiction: Domenico Starnone’s New Novel Is Also a Piece in the Elena Ferrante Puzzle

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:31:29 GMT

Domenico Starnone’s novel is a sort of sequel to Elena Ferrante’s ‘Days of Abandonment.’

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On Poetry: After Dylan’s Nobel, What Makes a Poet a Poet?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:11 GMT

“I’m a poet, and I know it. Hope I don’t blow it.”Months later, the response to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize remains mixed. Our poetry columnist weighs in.

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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.

Fiction: Stories of Fragmented Lives in the Emirates

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:22 GMT

Deepak UnnikrishnanDeepak Unnikrishnan’s story collection, “Temporary People,” riffs on the plight of South Asian guest workers in the Gulf states.

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Fiction: A Czech Astronaut’s Earthly Troubles Come Along for the Ride

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:01 GMT

Jaroslav Kalfar’s zany debut novel, “Spaceman of Bohemia,” features a Czech astronaut with a lot of baggage back on Earth. Hari Kunzru reviews.

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Nonfiction: Angela Carter: From the Magic Toyshop to the Bloody Chamber

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:01 GMT

“An infinitely complex organization”: Angela Carter, circa 1974.In “The Invention of Angela Carter,” Edmund Gordon showcases a British writer whose novels combined fantasy and feminism.

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11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:49:54 GMT

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

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Author’s Note: Stop Reading My Fiction as the Story of My Life

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:00:01 GMT

What is behind the fascination with the real-life connections between an author and her work?

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Peter Kwong, Authority on Chinese Immigration, Dies at 75

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:52:03 GMT

Peter Kwong.Professor Kwong was a scholar, journalist, documentary filmmaker and author, charting the history of Chinese newcomers in the United States.

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Fiction: A Thriller Tracks the Aftermath of a Swedish School Shooting

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:00:14 GMT

In Malin Persson Giolito’s novel “Quicksand,” a privileged teenager relates her role in a mass killing at a Stockholm school.

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Paperback Row

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:57:25 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Nonfiction: The Tooth Divide: Beauty, Class and the Story of Dentistry

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:36:00 GMT

Dental X-rays from a Louisville, Ky., patient who had gone most of her adult life without insurance.In “Teeth,” Mary Otto reveals how the history of dentistry is tied up with notions of beauty, privilege and class.

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Books in the News: Essential Reading: 5 Books About Dramatic Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:44:50 GMT

Full-length accounts of how Senate hearings for Clarence Thomas, Robert H. Bork and others were turned into spectator sport.

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Books of The Times: ‘Cork Dork’ Sniffs, Swills and Spits Through the World of Wine Experts

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:37:15 GMT

A journalist sets her sights on becoming a sommelier, and learns that the training can be grueling for these “masochistic hedonists.”

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A Journey Into the Merriam-Webster Word Factory

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:38:06 GMT

Kory Stamper, a Merriam-Webster lexicographer, in a basement storage area at the company’s Springfield, Mass., headquarters.Kory Stamper reveals the secret life of dictionaries in her book “Word by Word,” and in a visit to headquarters (oddities in the basement included).

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Fighting Words: Three Words We Love to Argue About

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:22:57 GMT

Kory Stamper of Merriam-Webster talks about whether “irregardless” is a word, the origins of “posh” and the dozens of recorded pronunciations of “lingerie.”

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Op-Ed Columnist: White Pride and Prejudice

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:21:25 GMT

Portrait of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra.When the alt-right adopts Jane Austen.

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Colin Dexter, 86, Dies; Creator of Inspector Morse, a Sleuth on Page and Screen

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:37:56 GMT

The author Colin Dexter in 2007.The British mystery writer indulged in the art for fun and never expected his character to attain such fame.

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Books of The Times: ‘The Death of Expertise’ Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:20:36 GMT

Tom Nichols examines how the information age has helped fuel a resistance to authoritative knowledge and a disdain for experts.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Judith Matloff on Why Mountains Attract War

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:14:04 GMT

The veteran war correspondent discusses her new look at why so much of the world’s conflict takes place in mountainous regions.

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Fiction: A Mother, Her Son, His Grandmother, and Their Lifelong Grief

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:19:07 GMT

The 8-year-old protagonist of “Edgar and Lucy,” by Victor Lodato, is so peculiar, vivid and appealing that he becomes the book’s enduring reward.

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Richard Wagamese, Whose Writing Explored His Ojibwe Heritage, Dies at 61

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:48:08 GMT

Richard Wagamese, the Ojibwe author and journalist.Mr. Wagamese said the forced assimilation of his parents in Canada caused their negligence with their children.

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Where Fiction and Reality Collide: Books and Black Lives Matter

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:34:45 GMT

Jason Reynolds, left, and Brendan Kiely.A look at several recent and pending young adult novels that explore racial profiling and police violence against young African-Americans.

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Robert Silvers, a Founding Editor of New York Review of Books, Dies at 87

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:07:43 GMT

Robert B. Silvers in his office at The New York Review of Books in 2012.Mr. Silvers brought to The Review’s pages a self-effacing sense of devotion that made him indistinguishable from the publication, and it from him.

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