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Nonfiction: The Comic Strip’s Heyday in ‘Cartoon County’

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:33 GMT

Cullen Murphy recounts his coming-of-age among the elites of American illustration.


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Nonfiction: The Hand of the Comic Artist

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:33 GMT

Marjane Satrapi, from the first page of “Persepolis.”Manohla Dargis reviews two new books that examine the aesthetics and the business of comics, from Superman to R. Crumb.


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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Elif Shafak on Mixing Faith and Doubt

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:00:01 GMT

Elif ShafakIn Shafak’s new novel, “Three Daughters of Eve,” a woman attends a dinner party in Istanbul and flashes back to charged friendships during her college days.


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By the Book: Jason Segel: By the Book

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:00:02 GMT

The actor and co-author of, most recently, “Otherworld” has been reading a lot of plays. “There is such an admirable fearlessness in that world.”


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Fiction: Lives Other Than His Own

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:19 GMT

Jenny ErpenbeckIn Jenny Erpenbeck’s timely novel, a retired classics professor finds his routine existence transformed when he befriends a group of African refugees.


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Nonfiction: Making Citizens’ Lives Better

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:19 GMT

President Harry Truman with his Committee on Civil Rights, Oct. 29, 1947.David Goldfield’s “The Gifted Generation” explains the importance of government.


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The Book Review Podcast: Mary Beard on ‘Women & Power’

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:04:07 GMT

Beard discusses her new manifesto, and Hillary Chute talks about “Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere.”


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Nonfiction: Millenniums of Tribulation

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Alfred Dreyfus in prison as illustrated in Le Petit Journal in 1895.Simon Schama’s “Belonging: 1492-1900” recounts the history of a people who never seemed to belong anywhere.


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Nonfiction: Slaying the Dragon of the Dark Ages

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:00:18 GMT

Martin Luther, in a painting from the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder around 1526.Eric Metaxas’ “Martin Luther” seeks to make its subject attractive to a wide reading audience.


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Bette Howland, Author and Protégée of Bellow’s, Dies at 80

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:20:18 GMT

Bette Howland’s writing is drawing renewed interest thanks to the discovery of one of her books on a $1 cart at the Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan in 2015.Ms. Howland wrote three well-regarded books and in 1984 won a MacArthur grant. But then she largely disappeared, to be rediscovered only recently.


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Newsbook: Amid California Forest Fires, 3 Books Set Among Flames

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:00:01 GMT

These books explore historical fires and the lives they have touched.


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What Is Your Choice for Word of the Year?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:58:49 GMT

Oxford Dictionaries selected "youthquake" as the international Word of the Year for 2017.Oxford Dictionaries chose “youthquake” as the international Word of the Year, which has some people scratching their heads. Do you have a better idea?


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Model, Countess, Author, Spy: Aline Griffith Is Dead

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:39:10 GMT

Aline Griffith, the Countess of Romanones, in Madrid in the 1960s.An American espionage agent in Madrid in World War II, she went on to recount daring adventures (embroidered or not) in a raft of books.


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Children’s Books: Live Art With Children’s Book Illustrators

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:52:27 GMT

Visual artists have always had an important place in children’s literature. Watch leading children’s books illustrators draw, paint, collage and discuss books with The Times’s children’s books editor, Maria Russo.



Paperback Row

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:05:57 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.


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Fiction: Mysteries Unfold in a Land of Minarets and Magic Carpets

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:25 GMT

The first of a projected trilogy, S. A. Chakraborty’s fantastical adventure novel, “The City of Brass,” riffs on the imagery of Islamic folklore.


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Nonfiction: A Freed Hostage Audits the Murky Business of Captive Negotiations

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:26 GMT

Jere Van Dyk from his time in captivity with the Taliban in 2008.In “The Trade,” the American journalist Jere Van Dyk relives the injustices he suffered both during and following his captivity at the hands of the Taliban.


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Critic’s Take: Why Rupi Kaur and Her Peers Are the Most Popular Poets in the World

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:26 GMT

Rupi KaurIt’s less the content than the plain conversational style that gets Instapoets’ work dismissed as “not real poetry.”


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Nonfiction: ‘Bloodlines’ Tracks Bloodshed Across the Border

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:23 GMT

Accused members of the Los Zetas drug cartel during sentencing in the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala in 2012.Melissa del Bosque investigates a paramilitary drug cartel through the lens of a valiant F.B.I. agent, revealing binational brutality in grim detail.


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The Shortlist: Notebooks From an Argentine Master, and Other Works of South American Literature

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:24 GMT

New books by Ricardo Piglia, Rodrigo Hasbún and Santiago Gamboa offer takes on the artistic mind.


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Children’s Books: What the Shadow Knows: Picture Books on Runaway Reflections

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:24 GMT

From “Smoot, a Rebellious Shadow.”Coincidence? In three new books, runaway shadows break away from their owners, seeking adventure and showing off their own personalities.


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Children’s Books: In Armand Baltazar’s ‘Timeless,’ People, Dinosaurs and Robots Co-Exist

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:23 GMT

From “Timeless.”A cosmic event has reshuffled epochs. It’s up to a 13-year-old with “mixed” parents — from different eras — to keep the world on course.


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Inside the List: Tiffany Haddish on Bar Mitzvahs, Pimping and Other Rites of Passage

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:23 GMT

Tiffany HaddishIn her best-selling essay collection, “The Last Black Unicorn,” the star of “Girls Trip” writes about growing up in South Central Los Angeles.


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Children’s Books: Your Kids Need a Laugh? Try the Short, Quirky Poems in This Book

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:23 GMT

“I’m Just No Good at Rhyming,” the debut collection from Chris Harris and Lane Smith, includes the silly, the whimsical, the absurd and more.


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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to book titles, cover art and more from previous issues.



The Best Art Books of 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:50:10 GMT

The Times’s art critics select their favorite art books (and books about art) of the year.


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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:49:14 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Tom De Haven on comics.



Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:45:04 GMT

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


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Books of Style: Hygge Gets Heave-Ho as Swedes, Norwegians Join the Fun

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:23:43 GMT

A host of new Scandinavian lifestyle titles are hitting bookstores this season.When it comes to wintry Scandinavian lifestyle refinement, the words to know now are lykke, lagom and janteloven.


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Books News: From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:00:27 GMT

Maria Tatar and Henry Louis Gates Jr., the editors of “The Annotated African American Folktales,” took on the project to make sure the tales would not be lost.In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.


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Review: ‘Ferdinand’ Delivers a Timeless Be-Yourself Message

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:35:27 GMT

Ferdinand (voiced by John Cena), in the animated film directed by Carlos Saldanha.Ferdinand, the picture-book bull that is actually quite tame, gets new life in a computer-animated adaptation from Carlos Saldanha.


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Anthony Scaduto, an Early Biographer of Dylan, Dies at 85

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:17:14 GMT

Anthony Scaduto in 1974. As an author, his subjects included the mobster Lucky Luciano and Mick Jagger as well as Bob Dylan and Bruno Hauptmann.Mr. Scaduto, a journalist with a long tenure at The New York Post, also wrote a book challenging the verdict in the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby.


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Critic’s Notebook: With a Little Help From Their Friends (and Agents and Librarians and Fact-Checkers ...)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:23:37 GMT

Lindsey FitzharrisWithin the rote exercise of authors’ acknowledgments, truths about family, struggle, pride and terror manage to seep out.


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Nonfiction: Underneath Romain Gary’s Many Masks

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00:21 GMT

Romain Gary at home.Two newly published books by the French author who pulled off one of the most elaborate literary deceptions of all time.


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Nonfiction: Propane, Peapods and Perplexities

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00:21 GMT

In “Vacationland,” John Hodgman wrestles with the comic trials of home ownership in Maine and Massachusetts, along with the indignities of middle age.


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Books of The Times: Turning the Lens Around on Richard Avedon

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:30:05 GMT

In “Avedon: Something Personal,” by Norma Stevens and Steven M. L. Aronson, friends and colleagues remember the fashion photographer who revolutionized his field.


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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:55:25 GMT

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


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Nonfiction: Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:43:01 GMT

A spot fire in Casitas Springs, Calif., December 2017.Michael Kodas’s “Megafire” and Edward Struzik’s “Firestorm” analyse the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy.


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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Reading about Reading

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Seeking books about other books and about the people who contribute to, live and breathe the world of literature.


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Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:00:15 GMT

Gabriel García Márquez with Fidel Castro in a photograph that will be available online as part of his archive.The Harry Ransom Center in Texas has digitized and made available roughly half of the novelist’s archive, including a draft of an unpublished memoir.


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Front Burner: For Spoon Collectors and Design Enthusiasts

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:19:16 GMT

“Spoon” by Daniel Rozensztroch captures the humble utensil in myriad forms.


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Books of The Times: Adding Up a Prolific Poet’s Charming Weather Reports

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:45:38 GMT

“The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons” showcases, in two very large volumes, the friendly and searching style of a writer who twice won the National Book Award.


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‘Cat Person’ in The New Yorker: A Discussion With the Author

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:47:11 GMT

Kristen Roupenian said the themes of sex, gender, power and consent in “Cat Person,” her fiction piece in The New Yorker, were ones that “I’ve been thinking about, and trying to write about, for years.”The short fiction piece made an enormous splash after it was published in The New Yorker, prompting discussions about dating, power and consent.


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