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Books of The Times: Paula Hawkins’s ‘Into the Water’ Dives Into Murky Skulduggery

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:00:53 GMT

This new novel by the author of the 2015 monster hit “The Girl on the Train” features many ways for women to die in a rural British town.


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The Enthusiast: In Praise of Derek Walcott’s Epic of the Americas

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:45:53 GMT

The poet Derek Walcott in France in 1993.How one reader came under the spell of Walcott’s poetry. And a suggested starter kit to his poems.


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American Poets, Refusing to Go Gentle, Rage Against the Right

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:27:34 GMT

Amanda Palmer at a poetry reading at Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, where the stage banter was often political.Like virtually everything else in the Trump era, poetry has gotten sharply political these days.


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Nonfiction: Sheryl Sandberg Finds Comfort for Herself and Offers It to Others

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:24:27 GMT

With new perspective after her husband’s unexpected death, the author of “Lean In” addresses issues that some readers found troubling about that book.


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Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Hot Mess: What We Can Learn From Falstaff

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:28 GMT

In this love letter to the Bard’s “swag-bellied omnivorous cornucopia of appetites,” Harold Bloom argues for Falstaff as one of literature’s vital forces.


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Nonfiction: Their Hours Upon the Stage: Performing ‘Hamlet’ Around the World

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:25 GMT

Naeem Hayat and Tom Lawrence as Hamlet and Laertes at the Odeon Amphitheatre in Amman, Jordan.To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, London’s Globe Theater performed “Hamlet” in 190 countries. Dominic Dromgoole looks back on the run in “Hamlet Globe to Globe.”


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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Prodigy Loses Her ‘Soul Mate’ — a Rare Violin

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:33:43 GMT

In “Gone,” the violinist Min Kym writes about dealing with expectations as a child prodigy, and about the theft of her rare Stradivarius.


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American Beauties: ‘With the Old Breed,’ an Intimate Look at Terror in World War II

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:23:46 GMT

E.B. Sledge, right, with Hao Ching Foo, a houseman for Sledge’s platoon, in Beijing in 1945.E.B. Sledge recorded his wartime experiences as they happened on slips of paper he tucked into a Bible. They became the basis for a timeless memoir.


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Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:30:02 GMT

Robert M. Pirsig in 1975.The novel became an unlikely publishing phenomenon in the mid-1970s and a touchstone in the waning days of the counterculture.


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Watching Their Dust: Photographing Players in Pollination

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:26:32 GMT

The white sweet lip of the Darwin’s slipper flower. When the lips are eaten by least seedsnipes, pollen is deposited on their heads.In “Pollination Power,” Heather Angel, a wildlife photographer, exposes the pollination process in macrophotography, showing the clear transfer of pollen onto creatures.


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Front Burner: Cookbook Offers a Taste of London’s Famed Firehouse

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:39:17 GMT

“Chiltern Firehouse: The Cookbook” has recipes and the inside story of a famed London hotel and restaurant.‘Chiltern Firehouse’ explains how André Balazs transformed a rundown building into a successful hotel and restaurant.


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People Are Seeing U.F.O.s Everywhere, and This Book Proves It

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:35:16 GMT

A protest in Washington, D.C., in 1995 outside the offices of the General Accounting Office.An unlikely new reference guide breaks down U.F.O. sightings county by county, shape by shape, month by month.


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Nonfiction: How Harvard Business School Has Reshaped American Capitalism

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:18 GMT

“Unrivaled opportunity”: Harvard Business School commencement, May 2014.Duff McDonald’s “The Golden Passport” questions whether Harvard Business School is responsible for the global financial crash.


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Kuki Gallmann, ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author, Is Shot in Kenya

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:51:16 GMT

The author and environmentalist Kuki Gallmann in 2006.Kuki Gallmann was wounded in an attack that may be part of a wider problem in which farmers have been terrorized by herders who want more land to graze their animals.


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Poems of Resistance: A Primer

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:30:38 GMT

These five poems exemplify how American poets are using their art to rage against the right.



Theater to Commission 38 Modern Riffs on Shakespeare

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:38:56 GMT

The opening pages of Shakespeare’s First Folio. The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is holding a contest to create a “modern canon” of companion pieces to his plays.The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is holding a contest to create a “modern canon” of 38 companion pieces to Shakespeare’s plays.


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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Hamlet Globe to Globe’

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:35:17 GMT

Dominic Dromgoole talks about “Hamlet Globe to Globe”; and Judith Newman discusses new books about sex and relationships.


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Fair Game: Elizabeth Warren on Big Banks and Their (Cozy Bedmate) Regulators

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:20:57 GMT

Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, has written a new book full of behind-the-scenes anecdotes showing why our system works so well for the rich and powerful.In a new book, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts takes Wells Fargo to task, along with the system that let it get away with account fraud.


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A Daughter Continues Her Father’s Legacy, and His Series

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:46:24 GMT

Anne HillermanSince Tony Hillerman’s death in 2008, his daughter Anne has written three new novels starring his characters. “Song of the Lion” is the latest.


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Nonfiction: Keep Calm and Kiss the Cat Goodbye: Mass Pet Euthanization Before the Blitz

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:28:49 GMT

A cat is rescued.Hilda Kean’s “The Great Cat and Dog Massacre” looks at the fate of hundreds of thousands of England’s pets during World War II.


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Open Book: Spin Class

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:51:45 GMT

In “Letters to a Young Writer,” Colum McCann hopes to inspire people, and to “save them a little time and heartbreak.”


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Nonfiction: The Hermit-Burglar and the Optimistic Journalist

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:42:38 GMT

Christopher KnightMichael Finkel’s “The Stranger in the Woods” introduces readers to an unlikely young hermit who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years.


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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Readers respond to the criticism of authors, perpetuated myths and more.



Nonfiction: How the Charleston Elite Brought on the American Civil War

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:21 GMT

Banner of the Secession Convention.Paul Starobin’s “Madness Rules the Hour” explains how secessionists in Charleston sought to dismantle the Union years before the Civil War.


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Critic’s Take: The Extravagant Jane Bowles: Always on the Edge of Something

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:21 GMT

Jane BowlesA new collection introduces Jane Bowles’s crooked, sui generis prose to a new generation.


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Nonfiction: Restoring the Light to the Work of Louis Kahn

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Louis Kahn in the Yale University Art Gallery.Wendy Lesser’s “You Say to Brick” details how Louis Kahn’s designs helped lift the architectural profession out of its functionalist, modernist rut.


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Fiction: Work-Life Balance Suffers (Even) in Victorian England

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Sarah MossThe pioneering female doctor in Sarah Moss’s novel “Signs for Lost Children” attends to the women in an asylum, not her long-distance marriage.


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Lions of New York: Laurie Anderson’s Glorious, Chaotic New York

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:32 GMT

Laurie Anderson, 69, this month at her home in New York. Ms. Anderson recalled that when she moved to the city in the 1960s, “I was going to go to a dark and dangerous place that was going to be really unpredictable.”From performances for “six people in a loft” to “O Superman,” MTV fame, and her time with Lou Reed, the artist reflects on her many years in New York.


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Nonfiction: What Caused the Depression? A New Overview Spreads the Blame.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:52:53 GMT

Speculators gather on Wall Street on Oct. 24, 1929.Charles R. Morris’s “A Rabble of Dead Money” looks beyond Wall Street to the global roots of the Great Depression.


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Fiction: Two Sons Witness the Grip of Addiction in This Gritty Divorce Drama

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Daniel MagarielAfter a divorce, two sons are happy to live with their father in Daniel Magariel’s “One of the Boys.” Then they learn about his crack addiction.


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Fiction: An Uncanny Cat, a Companionable Snake and Displaced Desire

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Pajtim StatovciIn “My Cat Yugoslavia,” a strange and haunting debut by Pajtim Statovci, an exiled mother and son refuse to surrender their dreams.


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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:38:19 GMT

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


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Fiction: A Fictional (So Far) History of the Second American Civil War

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:00:16 GMT

Omar El Akkad’s “American War” is a disturbingly plausible tale of a future America torn asunder by its own political and tribal affiliations.


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Paperback Row

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:00:13 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.


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Man Booker International Prize Announces Shortlist

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:40:01 GMT

The Israeli author Amos Oz is one of six writers on the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.Six books, including “Judas” by Amos Oz and “Compass” by Mathias Énard, were shortlisted for the prize, which honors works translated into English.


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Nonfiction: A Plague Year: A Doctor at Work in an Ebola Treatment Unit

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Dr. Steven Hatch carries a patient to the high-risk ward at Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit, Liberia, October 2014.Steven Hatch recounts his experience as an American doctor at an Ebola treatment unit in rural Liberia in the new memoir “Inferno.”


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