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Nonfiction: Is Edward Snowden a Spy? A New Book Calls Him One.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:00:01 GMT

In “How America Lost Its Secrets,” Edward Jay Epstein says Russia was the main beneficiary of Snowden’s revelations.


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Nonfiction: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Two Books About Muslim Identity

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Morning prayer begins celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, in Brooklyn, July 2015.Omar Saif Ghobash’s “Letters to a Young Muslim” offers advice for young Muslims in the West, and Ali A. Rizvi’s “The Atheist Muslim” is about a journey from believer to atheist.


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By the Book: Paul Auster: By the Book

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:00:03 GMT

Paul AusterThe author, most recently, of “4 3 2 1” says when he was 17, Isaac Babel’s stories “opened a door in my mind, and behind that door I found the room where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.”


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William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:38:48 GMT

William Peter Blatty in 1971, the year “The Exorcist” was published. Mr. Blatty’s novel about a girl possessed by the Devil created the theological-horror genre, became a hit movie and destroyed its author’s hopes of ever writing comedy again.


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Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Most Dangerous Place on Earth,’ Just Seconds Away

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:25:23 GMT

Lindsey Lee Johnson’s debut novel gets inside the heads of a group of Marin County teenagers who have sharpened their claws on social media.


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Nonfiction: Mrs. King and Coretta: A Posthumous Memoir Explores Public and Private Selves

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:08:49 GMT

Coretta Scott King, late 1960s.Coretta Scott King’s “My Life, My Love, My Legacy” is an absorbing account of a brutal historical era.


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Fiction: The Author of ‘The Vegetarian’ Takes On Korea’s Violent Past

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Han KangHan Kang’s “Human Acts” revisits a 1980 uprising against South Korea’s authoritarian rule.


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11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:16:21 GMT

Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.


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Poetry: On Menopause and Milkshakes: Short Reports From a Poet

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:51:34 GMT

A notebook page, “April’s cryalog,” from “My Private Property.”Mary Ruefle’s new book of prose poems and reflections, “My Private Property,” is filled with counterintuitive insights.


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The Book Review Podcast: Edward Snowden: Hero, Traitor or Spy?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:40:21 GMT

Nicholas Lemann talks about “How America Lost Its Secrets,” and James Ryerson discusses new books about civility.


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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:44:05 GMT

Readers respond to Woody Allen’s review of “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary” and more.



The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:34:26 GMT

Elizabeth BlackburnThe scientist Elizabeth Blackburn won a Nobel Prize for some of the discoveries she and Elissa Epel write about in “The Telomere Effect,” an anti-aging book new at No. 15 in hardcover nonfiction.


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Children’s Books: Big Dreams for a Very Short Girl

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:10 GMT

The small-statured heroine of Holly Goldberg Sloan’s middle-grade novel “Short” lands a part in a semiprofessional production of “The Wizard of Oz.”



Children’s Books: Picture Books on the Joy of Mail, Without the E

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:12:38 GMT

From “XO, OX: A Love Story.”Staying connected through pen pal letters, love notes and postcards in three new picture books.


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Children’s Books: Young Jim Thorpe, Native American, and His Game-Changing Football Team

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:04:43 GMT

Carlisle beats Penn 16-0 in 1911.In “Undefeated,” Steve Sheinkin recounts how Jim Thorpe and his Native American teammates overcame oppression and changed the game of football.


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Paperback Row

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:01:21 GMT

Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.


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Open Book: Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:45:38 GMT

Several new books about the naturalist on the bicentennial of his birth.


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Author’s Note: On Being Translated Back to Myself

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:44:43 GMT

An author in translation finds himself caught between English, Estonian and Russian.



Fiction: The Nazis Unsettle Kaiser Wilhelm’s Exile in Alan Judd’s Novel

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:43:30 GMT

Wilhelm II in Dutch exile, circa 1919.In Alan Judd’s novel “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” Germany’s former ruler is visited in exile by its current masters, the Nazis.


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Nonfiction: Invisibly Black: A Life of George Herriman, Creator of ‘Krazy Kat’

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:39:18 GMT

George Herriman, circa 1922.“Krazy,” Michael Tisserand’s biography of the cartoonist George Herriman, plumbs his art for signs of his mixed-race background


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Nonfiction: Thoreau the Weird: A New Interpretation of His Philosophy

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:57 GMT

Henry David Thoreau, circa 1839, in a painting by his sister Sophia.Kevin Dann’s “Expect Great Things” offers a New Age vision of Henry David Thoreau.


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Bookshelf: Exploring New York, on Foot and With Maps

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:55:53 GMT

For the book, William B. Helmreich trekked 816 miles from Greenpoint to Cypress Hills.William B. Helmreich offers “The Brooklyn Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide,” and Katharine Harmon has essays, maps and illustrations in “You Are Here: N.Y.C., Mapping the Soul of the City.”


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Park Service Names 24 Diverse National Landmarks

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:55:25 GMT

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem, was among the new landmarks announced on Wednesday by the National Park Service.The choices reflect an effort to tell what a news release called “a more inclusive and diverse story of America’s history.”


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Nonfiction: A Cry From the Heart: Michael Eric Dyson Addresses Race Head-On

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Michael Eric DysonIn “Tears We Cannot Stop,” the public intellectual and ordained minister Michael Eric Dyson urges whites to awaken to black suffering.


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Ivory Tower: How to Be Civil in an Uncivil World

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:25:21 GMT

Should civility be based on mutual contempt rather than mutual respect? New books on what it means to be civil.


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Books of The Times: Review: ‘A Really Good Day,’ Ayelet Waldman’s Better Living Through LSD

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:47:11 GMT

Ms. Waldman’s memoir recounts how very small doses of a psychedelic drug have helped her mood, her marriage and the rest of her life.


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Noted: Overrated? Loser? Not if It’s Trump Who Calls You Out

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:26:36 GMT

Graydon Carter, left, the Vanity Fair editor in chief, and the television journalist Lawrence O’Donnell, both of whom President-elect Donald J. Trump has insulted on Twitter.From book publishers to magazine editors, the president-elect’s insult tweet has become a badge of honor.


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China, Fanning Patriotism, Adds 6 Years to War with Japan in History Books

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:12:41 GMT

Visitors to a museum in Beijing that commemorates the conflict known outside China as the Second Sino-Japanese War.The “Eight-Year War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” will now be the “14-Year War,” with the starting date moved back to 1931, the government said.


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Books of The Times: Review: ‘Nicotine,’ the Stuff of Burning Desire

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:14:39 GMT

Gregor Hens’s book is part memoir, part philosophical lament. He sees it as a chance to finally put the urge behind him and remain a vicarious smoker.


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HarperCollins Pulls Book by a Trump Pick After Plagiarism Report

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:38:18 GMT

Monica Crowley, a conservative columnist and TV personality who was chosen by President-elect Trump for a high-ranking communications role at the National Security Council, departing Trump Tower in December.The digital form of Monica Crowley’s “What the (Bleep) Just Happened?” is being recalled after a CNN report took issue with more than 50 passages in the book.


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Publishers Encounter Political Storms in Turn to Right

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:36:39 GMT

Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at the conservative news site Breitbart News, received a six-figure publishing contract from Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster. The move prompted criticism from some of Simon & Schuster’s authors and calls for a boycott.The largely left-leaning publishing world is courting young conservatives and tailoring its plans to reflect volatile new political realities.


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Books of The Times: ‘The Dry,’ a Page-Turner of a Mystery Set in a Parched Australia

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:12:47 GMT

Jane Harper’s fleet novel about a triple killing is packed with sneaky moves and teasing possibilities that keep the reader guessing.


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Books of The Times: Review: ‘How to Be Bored’ Looks at How to Deal With the Blahs

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 22:34:07 GMT

Eva HoffmanEva Hoffman’s latest explores the problem with a plenitude of options, and how to make the most of downtime without the help of digital devices.


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Celebrities to Gather for Reading of Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night’

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:34:37 GMT

The author Elie Wiesel, left, in 1985. David Hyde Pierce, center, and Sheldon Harnick will be among those reading Mr. Wiesel’s work on Jan. 29.More than 50 luminaries from entertainment, politics and more will read from Wiesel’s Holocaust memoir on Jan. 29 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.


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Nat Hentoff, Journalist and Social Commentator, Dies at 91

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 04:12:27 GMT

Nat Hentoff in 2009.Mr. Hentoff was an author, journalist, jazz critic and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and a mountain of essays.


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How LSD Saved One Woman’s Marriage

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:00:15 GMT

Ayelet Waldman at her home in Berkeley, Calif.The novelist Ayelet Waldman credits tiny hits of psychedelic acid with salvaging her marriage to Michael Chabon. And maybe her life.


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