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Fiction: One Woman’s Liberation, Set Against the Russian Revolution

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:20 GMT

Janet Fitch’s historical novel, “The Revolution of Marina M.,” follows a young aristocrat-turned-Bolshevik as she navigates political and personal upheaval.

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Book News: Australia’s Amazon Book Battle

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:03:25 GMT

Mark Rubbo, the co-owner of Readings, serves a customer purchasing a book at the shop earlier this month.The online retailer is moving in. Booksellers are nervous. But disrupting Australians’ reading habits might not be so easy to do.

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Books of The Times: In ‘Righteous,’ a Stand-Up Sleuth Investigates His Brother’s Murder

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:18:30 GMT

Joe Ide’s follow-up to his award-winning debut novel, “IQ,” begins in the exact spot that story left off: in a junkyard with a car full of evidence.

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Nonfiction: The First Totalitarian

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:16 GMT

Victor Sebestyen’s “Lenin” describes the inventor of a secular religion.

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Book News: George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:34:46 GMT

George Saunders has won the Man Booker Prize for his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo.”Mr. Saunders is the second consecutive American writer to win the Man Booker Prize.

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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:45:14 GMT

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

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The Book Review Podcast: From Podcast to Book with Marc Maron

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:34:56 GMT

Marc Maron discusses “Waiting for the Punch,” and Victor Sebestyen talks about his new biography of Lenin.

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Nonfiction: What Trump Can Learn From a Gold Star Family

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:37:16 GMT

Khizr Khan, with his wife, Ghazala, holds up his copy of the Constitution at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.In his new memoir “An American Family,” Khzir Khan, who spoke so movingly at the 2016 Democratic convention, writes about patriotism and his love of America.

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Ivory Tower: Unknown Unknowns: Three Inquiries Into Religion

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:20 GMT

What is religion? New books by a philosopher, a sociologist and a theologian give different answers.

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The Shortlist: The Roots of Revolution

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:19 GMT

Four new books explore the philosophical and political sources of the Russian Revolution, its early influences and how it influenced other movements.

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Paperback Row

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:19 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Inside the List: Van Jones Sees More Political Rebellions on the Horizon

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:18 GMT

In “Beyond the Messy Truth,” new on the nonfiction best-seller list, the CNN commentator blames an elitist system for the state of the country.

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Fiction: Anti-Semitism Heralds a Grim Future in This Classic Romanian Novel

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:16 GMT

Mihail SebastianThe Jewish protagonist of Mihail Sebastian’s “For Two Thousand Years” wonders what it means to love a country that doesn’t love him back.

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Fiction: Trying to Follow the Muse While Domestic Life Calls

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:13 GMT

Cherise WolasIn Cherise Wolas’s debut novel, “The Resurrection of Joan Ashby,” a writer struggles to recover her footing and her self after raising a family.

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Open Book: A Quiet Member of the Canon

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:03 GMT

“A Difficult Death” is the first critical biography in English of the 19th-century Danish novelist Jens Peter Jacobsen.

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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:01 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: an endorsement of James Billington’s sharp intellectual study of Russian culture.

Letters to the Editor

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to Jan Morris’s review of “Victoria & Abdul” and more.

Nonfiction: A Portrait of Stalin in All His Murderous Contradictions

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:59:49 GMT

The second volume of Stephen Kotkin’s biography “Stalin” reveals the ideologue and the opportunist.

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By the Book: Simon Schama: By the Book

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:15 GMT

Simon SchamaThe author of the two-volume “Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900” didn’t finish reading Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay”: “I left.”

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Bookshelf: An Unexpected President, and Expressions of Subway Therapy

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:53:22 GMT

Chester A. Arthur, right, sworn in as president.There are two new books about New Yorkers who rose to fame due to unforeseen political events: one became president and one led a movement based on public self-expression.

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Jann Wenner and His Biographer Have a Falling Out

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:24:21 GMT

Jann Wenner, shown in 1970, persuaded the journalist Joe Hagan to write his biography in 2013.The Rolling Stone founder seemed to enjoy opening up his life to Joe Hagan. Now that the book is about to come out, they are no longer speaking.

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Books of The Times: With ‘La Belle Sauvage,’ Philip Pullman Begins a New Trilogy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:13:36 GMT

The author of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy returns, with answers to the questions what happened first and what happens next.

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Tom Hanks Talks

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:07:07 GMT

The nicest guy in Hollywood discusses his love of typewriters and his new collection of short stories, “Uncommon Type.”

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How the Harvey Weinstein Story Has Unfolded

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:58:50 GMT

Harvey Weinstein in January 2016.A look back at the major elements of the continuing story, which has spilled well beyond Hollywood.

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Books of Style: Inside the Estate that Inspired ‘The Philadelphia Story’

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:07:49 GMT

The Montgomerys in September 1935 at the Bryn Mawr Horse Show in Pennsylvania, where they won second prize in the Family Class. From right, Colonel Montgomery on Handspring; Mrs. Montgomery, sidesaddle on Outbound; Ives on Lady Godiva; Edgar on Percy; Helen Hope on Grey Thistle; and Edgar Jr. on Red Thistle.A lavish new book examines the history of Ardrossan and the old-money world of Philadelphia’s Main Line.

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Book News: A New Novel From the Late Sam Shepard to Be Published in December

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Sam Shepard, the playwright and actor, died in July.Knopf will publish “Spy of the First Person,” which the actor and playwright wrote in the final months of his life.

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Nonfiction: Stalinist Crimes in Ukraine That Resonate Today

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:14 GMT

A landowning family on its way to exile.In “Red Famine,” Anne Applebaum shines a light on clashing nationalisms in a richly detailed account of the 20th-century Soviet republic’s great famine.

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Further Reading: Stalin, Hitler and the Temptations of Totalitarianism

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:02 GMT

The Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav M. Molotov signing the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, as the German foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, standing third from left, and Stalin, fourth from left, look on.Strobe Talbott on Alan Bullock’s “Hitler and Stalin” and Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny,” which span the arc of the Russian Revolution to the present.

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Marian Cannon Schlesinger, Author and Eyewitness to History, Dies at 105

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:20:54 GMT

Marian Cannon Schlesinger at her home in Cambridge, Mass., in 2016.A painter, memoirist and daughter of an early feminist, she wrote frankly of the Kennedy White House, where her husband, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., was an adviser.

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Books of The Times: A Graphic Novelist’s Passionate Anatomy of New York

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:50:59 GMT

Julia Wertz’s majestic portrait of the city is a collection of dramatic streetscapes and hidden histories.

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Nonfiction: ‘Riot Days’: A Memoir of Punk Protest and Prison Activism

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:30 GMT

Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and Samutsevich sitting in a Moscow courtroom in 2012.Maria Alyokhina, a member of Pussy Riot, tells her story in her prison memoir.

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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Seeking Poems That Bridge Humankind’s Worlds

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:08:31 GMT

Collections of verse, from the prizewinning to the more obscure, that explore themes of nature, science and psychology.

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Further Reading: Condoleezza Rice on the 10 Days Still Shaking the World

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:50:42 GMT

John Reed in his study. His Bolshevik sympathies made for a riveting account of the revolution.On the centenary of the October Revolution, the former secretary of state writes about the books that best help us understand Russia.

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Profile: Recovery, Russell Brand Style

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:40:34 GMT

The comedian Russell Brand, in New York this month, has a point to make about addiction.The comedian on narcissism, fame, his new book on the 12 steps and life after addiction.

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Books of The Times: The Life of Oriana Fallaci, Guerrilla Journalist

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:54:33 GMT

Fallaci, whose interviews got the better of famous figures from Henry Kissinger to Muammar el-Qaddafi, is the subject of a new biography.

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Removed From School in Mississippi

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:53:57 GMT

“To Kill a Mockingbird” has long been a popular and controversial book.“There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable,” the vice president of the Biloxi School Board said.

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Profile: Amy Tan, the Reluctant Memoirist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:39:07 GMT

Amy Tan and her editor, Daniel Halpern.She probably wouldn’t have written a memoir, were it not for the gentle prodding of her editor, Daniel Halpern.

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Children’s Books: A Stunning Middle-Grade Debut Novel about Grief and Growing Up

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:22:45 GMT

The young protagonist of David Barclay Moore’s “The Stars Beneath Our Feet” harnesses the power of community — and Legos — to rebuild his ravaged world.

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The Checkup: Literacy Builds Life Skills as Well as Language Skills

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:01 GMT

It’s wrong to think about literacy as just one restricted developmental zone. Reading is about so much more than decoding print.

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Further Reading: Martin Amis on Lenin’s Deadly Revolution

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn off Norway’s coast in 1974. His three-volume “Gulag Archipelago” was translated between 1973 and 1975.The Russian Revolution was imposed from above, but its tragedy was experienced from below. Amis provides a reading list for the decades that followed.

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Fiction: In Orhan Pamuk’s New Novel, a Youthful Obsession Yields a Haunted Life

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:26 GMT

In “The Red-Haired Woman,” Pamuk traces the disastrous effects of a Turkish teenager’s brief encounter with a married actress.

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Richard Wilbur, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 96

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:12:57 GMT

Richard Wilbur in 2006 in his home at the time in Cummington, Mass.Mr. Wilbur’s poems were praised for their beauty but were criticized for their “mildness.” He was named the nation’s second poet laureate.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Shakespeare Scholar Turned Nazi Hunter

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:56:27 GMT

Jason Fagone talks about “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.”

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