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Nonfiction: Richard Ford Reviews Bruce Springsteen’s Memoir

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:02 GMT

In “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen writes with a Jersey plainspeak that’s deftly detailed and intimate with its readers.


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Nonfiction: Why Do People Who Need Help From the Government Hate It So Much?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:01 GMT

A Tea Party rally on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, April 2010.In “Strangers in Their Own Land,” Arlie Russell Hochschild tries to understand the worldview of Louisiana Tea Party supporters.


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Robert Gottlieb: Avid Reader, Reluctant Writer

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:24:02 GMT

Robert Gottlieb in his Midtown Manhattan townhouse. He has mainly spent his career as an editor but has just published a memoir about his life in the world of books.Mr. Gottlieb has been the editorial midwife to works by writers like Toni Morrison, Joseph Heller and Robert Caro. In his new memoir, he writes about the editing life.


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Nonfiction: What We Can Learn From Women Who Break the Rules

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:00:01 GMT

Britney SpearsIn “Trainwreck,” Sady Doyle writes about the women “we love to hate, mock and fear.”


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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:32:25 GMT

Suggested reading by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.


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Ivory Tower: The Truth Is Out There

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:47:05 GMT

The notion that life, including intelligent life, exists beyond Earth seems more persuasive than ever. Four new books take a look at the search, and the searchers.


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Nonfiction: Facing Britain: Simon Schama Takes a Gallery Tour

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:02 GMT

Sir Francis DrakeSchama views his nation’s history through portraits in “The Face of Britain.”


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Nonfiction: Robert Gottlieb’s ‘Avid Reader’: A Publishing Giant’s Memoir

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:46:44 GMT

Robert Gottlieb with Toni Morrison and her son Slade, photographed by Jill Krementz on Jan. 19, 1978, at the National Book Awards; all rights reserved.In “Avid Reader,” the editor Robert Gottlieb chronicles a lifelong affair with books.


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Karl Dietrich Bracher, German Historian of Nazi Era, Dies at 94

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:56:02 GMT

Professor Bracher, who was born in 1922, refused to absolve his own generation of complicity in the horrors of Nazism.


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What I Love: Amor Towles, a Gentleman in Gramercy Park

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:23:24 GMT

Read the The author of ‘Rules of Civility’ and ‘A Gentleman in Moscow,’ lives in a gracious townhouse near Gramercy Park.


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The Shortlist: Natural Disaster

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:46:55 GMT

New books about a powerful hurricane, disaster preparedness, water management and the eruption of Mount St. Helens.


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Fiction: In a New Novel, an Indian Woman Tracks Her Abuser

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:45:26 GMT

Anuradha RoyAn orphan heads to a temple town to confront her history of abuse in Anuradha Roy’s Booker-longlisted novel “Sleeping on Jupiter.”


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Fiction: A Count Becomes a Waiter in a Novel of Soviet Supremacy

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:45:17 GMT

An aristocrat under house arrest witnesses the rise of the Soviet empire in Amor Towles’s “A Gentleman in Moscow.”


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Fiction: Schlock and Awe: A Novel Follows a Director’s Horrific Shoot

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:44:51 GMT

Kea Wilson“We Eat Our Own,” Kea Wilson’s debut novel about a jungle film shoot, draws inspiration from the notorious “Cannibal Holocaust.”


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Fiction: Alexandra Kleeman Writes Like an Alien on an Anthropological Mission to Earth

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:44:44 GMT

Alexandra KleemanKleeman’s stories in “Intimations” span styles and moods.


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Fiction: In Michelle Tea’s New Novel, Bohemians Meet the Apocalypse

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:44:36 GMT

Michelle TeaTea’s “Black Wave” combines a run-up to apocalypse with dark humor.


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Fiction: ‘The Virginity of Famous Men’ Has Characters on Edge

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:44:11 GMT

The stories in Christine Sneed’s “The Virginity of Famous Men” inhabit the lives of the indecisive.


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Fiction: In a Novel Set at Harvard, Class Divisions and a Creepy Crush

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:43:55 GMT

A middle-class boy becomes obsessed with a rich girl, and increasingly unstable, in Teddy Wayne’s “Loner.”


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Fiction: The Vietnam War Still Has a Hold on the Fiction of Robert Olen Butler

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:43:48 GMT

Robert Olen ButlerIn “Perfume River,” Butler traces the lasting effects of the Vietnam conflict on a New Orleans family.


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Nonfiction: When a Texan Pianist Conquered Cold War Moscow

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:43:21 GMT

Cliburn’s prize-winning concerto, 1958.Nigel Cliff’s “Moscow Nights” tells the story of how Van Cliburn added a human face to the Cold War with a gold-medal performance.


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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:39:36 GMT

Peter Wohlleben“The Hidden Life of Trees,” No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list, describes the way trees protect their young, communicate and develop communities.


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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:29:55 GMT

Readers respond to recent reviews of Julia Leigh’s “Avalanche,” Belle Boggs’s “The Art of Waiting” and more.



Open Book: A Timeless Observer

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:26:02 GMT

Charles McGrath on a new Library of America collection of John O’Hara’s stories.


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Paperback Row

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:36:17 GMT

Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.


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Audiobooks Turn More Readers Into Listeners as E-Books Slip

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:30:22 GMT

It’s unclear if publishers will bounce back by year’s end, but there are encouraging signs. There have been some prominent best sellers, including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”Publishers saw their revenue dip early this year compared with 2015, in part because they lacked a runaway hit and the sales of e-books fell sharply.


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MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:01:22 GMT

The playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is one of this year’s 23 fellows.The 23 winners of this year’s fellowships, awarded for “originality, insight and potential,” include writers, visual artists, scientists and lawyers.


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Author’s Note: Remainders of the Day

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:00:02 GMT

Not only would no one buy my book, but libraries in various countries were disposing of them because people wouldn’t take them for free.


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Comic Book Artists Create Publication to Honor Orlando Victims

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:56:09 GMT

A Batwoman pinup by Rafael Albuquerque, from the “Love Is Love” comic.The comic book’s creators include Damon Lindelof and Patton Oswalt, and proceeds will benefit Equality Florida.


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The Magnificent 10: Restaurants That Changed How We Eat

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:00:04 GMT

A Howard Johnson’s in Queens in 1940. The restaurant chain pioneered franchising as an expansion plan, strategically opening along highways and ushering in the era of big fast food.From HoJo’s to the Four Seasons, a Yale professor picks the groundbreakers in America’s culinary past.


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Nonfiction: Did F.D.R. Know He Was Dying? Did Anyone?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:00:01 GMT

Franklin Roosevelt on March 29, 1945, his final day at the White House.Joseph Lelyveld’s “His Final Battle” explores the challenges of Franklin Roosevelt’s final months in office, including his declining health.


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D. Keith Mano, Novelist Who Tackled Christianity, Sex and More, Dies at 74

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:15:07 GMT

D. Keith Mano in 1971.Mr. Mano wrote a stack of books, a National Review column and numerous articles in Playboy, Esquire and other magazines.


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‘Shake. Stir. Sip.’ Takes the Math Out of Mixing Cocktails

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:51:10 GMT

The paper plane, a cocktail at the Attaboy bar, made with equal parts bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino and lemon juice.A new collection of recipes calls for equal measures of each ingredient.


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By the Book: Richard Plepler: By the Book

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:43:49 GMT

Richard PleplerThe chief executive of HBO treasures his volume of John Cheever’s collected stories: “There’s a lot in there about what Kant called ‘the crooked timber of humanity.’ It’s a masterpiece.”


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