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The Real Story Behind Roald Dahl’s ‘Black Charlie’

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:32:57 GMT

Roald Dahl in 1971.The author’s early draft of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” featured a black protagonist who gets trapped inside a chocolate mold. Was it racial stereotyping, or something more complicated?


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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Maria Sharapova on ‘Unstoppable’

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:00:12 GMT

“Unstoppable: My Life So Far” written by Maria Sharapova.The tennis star discusses why she wrote her new memoir, the struggles her father faced during her childhood and more.


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Fiction: In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to Prison

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Jesmyn Ward’s follow-up to “Salvage the Bones” tells the story of a woman intent on making her fractured family whole again.


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Nonfiction: Survival of the Prettiest

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:23 GMT

John Collier’s 1883 portrait of Charles Darwin.Darwin’s theory of aesthetics may be the sexiest, most dangerous idea in evolution.


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By the Book: Celeste Ng: By the Book

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:07:14 GMT

Celeste NgThe author of, most recently, “Little Fires Everywhere,” often returns to “The Count of Monte Cristo”: “Right now, I see it as an exploration of the complexities of good and evil and how easily one shifts into the other.”


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American Beauties: A Late-Night Radio Drama, With Hints of the Internet to Come

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:27 GMT

Stanley Elkin at his University City, Mo., home in 1984.Stanley Elkin’s “The Dick Gibson Show,” about a talk-radio host, is a landslide of language, offering gags, wordplay and flights of fancy, sexual and otherwise.


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The Book Review Podcast: Jesmyn Ward on ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:50:51 GMT

Ward discusses her new novel; David Dobbs on five new books about Darwin; and Kristin Cashore talks about “Jane, Unlimited.”


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Editors' Choice: 12 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:26:44 GMT

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


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Fiction: In a Quiet Ohio Town, Who Started the Fire, and Why?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Celeste NgCeleste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere” witnesses the mysteries of arson, kinship and community in late-’90s suburban America.


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Marian Horosko, Dancer and Advocate for the Art, Dies at 92

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:31:36 GMT

Marian Horosko in an undated photograph. She began writing about dance even while still performing, sometimes sending dispatches to publications from the road.After a performing career that included eight years with New York City Ballet, Ms. Horosko wrote books and championed the health and other needs of dancers.


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For Everyday Vegetable Dishes, Meera Sodha Is the Master

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:02:36 GMT

The chef and author Meera Sodha at home. Her latest book, “Fresh India,” describes what she calls her Gujarati sensibility: “creative, fresh and always vegetable first.”The British author is skilled in simplifying and modernizing the vibrancy of Indian home cooking, and in explaining just how to do it.


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Bill Clinton’s Novel With James Patterson to Be Adapted for Showtime

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:53:40 GMT

Former President Bill Clinton, left, and author James Patterson are co-writing a novel that will become a Showtime series.Showtime has acquired the rights to “The President Is Missing,” the novel that the former president and the best-selling author are writing together.


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Open Book: Of God and War

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:47:46 GMT

Sarah Sentilles’s “Draw Your Weapons” ranges widely through issues of photographic representation, theology, empathy, activism and pacifism.


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Inside the List: Thanks, Trump! Katy Tur Sees a Renaissance in Journalism

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:44:51 GMT

Katy TurThe NBC reporter, who has a best-selling campaign book with “Unbelievable,” says that the president’s scorn has “revitalized the fourth estate.”


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Nonfiction: A True Tale of Drug Cartels, Money Laundering and Horse Racing

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:25 GMT

José Treviño waving to the crowd.In “Bones,” by Joe Tone, the divergent lives of two brothers — a bricklayer in Texas and a cartel boss in Mexico — converge on the racetrack.


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Paperback Row

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.


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Stamp Notes: ‘The Snowy Day’ Captured in New Stamp Series

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:25 GMT

A new run of “Forever” stamps will feature scenes from Ezra Jack Keats’s classic children’s tale.


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The Shortlist: How We Make Up Our Minds

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Four books about the mechanics of decision making.


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Nonfiction: Writing Lines for Obama, Mixing Comedy and Hope

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:24 GMT

David LittIn his memoir “Thanks, Obama,” the speechwriter David Litt recalls coming of age at the White House.


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Author’s Note: Marilynne Robinson on Finding the Right Word

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:24 GMT

The author of “Gilead” and “Housekeeping” reflects on Emily Dickinson, expanding the mind and writing into the unknown.


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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to Greek myths, a cover illustration and more.



Nonfiction: ‘Streampunks’ Serves Up YouTube’s Greatest Hits

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s chief business officer, delivers a lively, if biased, history of the video-sharing platform’s most noteworthy success stories.


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Nonfiction: When the Governments of the World Agreed to Banish War

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Aristide Briand, Myron T. Herrick, the U.S. ambassador to France, and Frank B. Kellogg, in the French Foreign Office, August 1928.“The Internationalists,” by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro, argues that a 1928 pact was the beginning of the end of war.


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Newsbook: For Hispanic Heritage Month, 3 Books on Latinos in the U.S.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:45:50 GMT

From conquistadores to modern cultural enclaves, these books trace the centuries-long Latino experience in the United States.


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Books News: Richard Robinson of Scholastic Honored for Lifetime of Work in Children’s Publishing

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:51:13 GMT

Richard Robinson, who runs the publisher Scholastic, was named the winner of a lifetime achievement award given by the National Book Foundation.Mr. Robinson brought Harry Potter to American readers, among many other highlights in a career also defined by efforts to increase literacy and improve education.


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Books of The Times: ‘The Far Away Brothers’ Breathes Vivid Life Into Immigration Issues

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:13:42 GMT

Lauren Markham’s impeccably timed and intimately reported book follows twin teenage brothers on their journey from El Salvador to California.


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Phys Ed: Tom Brady’s ‘The TB12 Method’ Is Hefty but Short on Science

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Should you buy this book? The answer probably depends on how you feel about science, celebrity and tomatoes.


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Nonfiction: A Wild and Exacting Food Writer Gets Her Due

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:19 GMT

Patience Gray in England shortly after World War II.Patience Gray exerted an outsize influence on the culinary world, as Adam Federman’s biography “Fasting and Feasting” makes clear.


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Nonfiction: Alice Waters Retraces the Path That Led Her to Chez Panisse

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:12 GMT

According to a new autobiography, “Coming to My Senses,” it all began with a year in Paris and a taste for the food she discovered there.


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Books of The Times: On the Road With the Casualties of the Great Recession

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:02:00 GMT

Linda May with her dog, Coco.To write “Nomadland,” Jessica Bruder spent three years traveling and working alongside grandparents and others living in school buses and vans seeking seasonal work.


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Books News: Whiting Foundation Announces New Grants for Magazines

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:40:19 GMT

The three grants for print and digital publications, designed to “ignite growth,” will total up to $120,000.



Book News: YouTube Star Hank Green Will Publish His First Novel Next Year

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:34:13 GMT

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, the best-selling novelist John Green, Hank Green will publish his first novel with Dutton.


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Nonfiction: When Corruption and Venality Were the Lifeblood of America

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:17 GMT

Jay Gould, Cyrus Field, Russell Sage and Cornelius Vanderbilt in an 1883 cartoon.“The Republic for Which It Stands,” Richard White’s broad-ranging history, describes a country lashed by greed and brutality.


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Nonfiction: The Education of Ellen Pao

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:12 GMT

Ellen Pao in Oakland, Calif., in 2016.In “Reset,” the Silicon Valley executive and former venture capitalist explains how she came to question the culture of the tech industry.


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Match Book: Books That Show the Heights of Human Strength, the Limits of Endurance

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:02 GMT

From natural disaster to wild beasts and warfare, tragedies factual and fictional so vivid that they’ll strike terror in the heart of any reader.


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Book News: Will Bill O’Reilly’s Latest ‘Killing’ Book Climb the Charts?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:32:37 GMT

Bill O’Reilly on his Fox News show in 2015. “Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence,” is the first release in Mr. O’Reilly’s popular history series since Fox fired him.The disgraced TV host is still churning out history books, but without his perch at Fox, can he sell them?


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Books of The Times: A Father and Son Sail Through Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ Together

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:26:07 GMT

In “An Odyssey,” Daniel Mendelsohn recounts what happened when his 81-year-old father enrolled in one of his classes at Bard College.


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