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New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:29
Debbie Macomber, now a regular best seller, struggled early in her career: “I got rejected so fast, my manuscripts would hit me in the back of the head on my way back from the post office.”









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The Shortlist: First Novels

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:28
New books by Kate Hamer, A. Igoni Barrett, Matthew Griffin, Natasha Stagg and Sari Wilson.









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‘A Friend of Mr. Lincoln,’ by Stephen Harrigan

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:28
Historical fiction, not always flattering, about Lincoln’s early adult years on the Illinois frontier.









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‘Free Men,’ by Katy Simpson Smith

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:28
A white man, an Indian and an escaped slave team up in this novel.









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‘Cities I’ve Never Lived In,’ by Sara Majka

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:28
Linked stories on breakups, displacement and missing children.









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‘The First Congress,’ by Fergus M. Bordewich

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:27
An account of the First Federal Congress maintains that it completed the work of the Revolution.









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‘The Fever of 1721,’ by Stephen Coss

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:27
A pivotal year in colonial Boston, when an outbreak put faith, science and leadership to the test.









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‘Pandemic,’ by Sonia Shah

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:26
A science journalist looks at re-emerging old diseases like cholera and new ones like SARS.









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‘Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir,’ by Joel Grey

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 17:36
Joel Grey’s memoir recounts his conflicts and struggles.









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‘Movie Freak,’ by Owen Gleiberman

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 17:36
A longtime film critic mixes memoir and thoughts about the job.









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‘You Could Look It Up,’ by Jack Lynch

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 17:35
A professor examines the history of putting words and concepts in accessible order.









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Open Book: A Critic’s Education

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 13:24
Ben Ratliff, a music critic at The Times, on the books that “helped teach me how to hear and how to write.”









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‘Every Song Ever,’ by Ben Ratliff

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 13:01
In a world of expanded access, a music critic wades through the wealth of listening options.









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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:54
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:49
Paperback books of particular interest.









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New paperbacks: 'Bowie' bio, 'H Is for Hawk'

USAToday Books - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:55

Titles newly out in paperback include Wendy Leigh's biography of David Bowie.

        
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‘Madonnaland,’ by Alina Simone

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:16
A book about Madonna looks at everyday people on the margins of her fame.









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Jonathan Kellerman: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 08:00
The author, most recently, of the thriller “Breakdown” says: “So much of Scripture deals unflinchingly with the worst aspects of human behavior. The perfect education for a crime novelist.”









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Read an excerpt from Grisham's 'Theodore Boone: The Scandal'

USAToday Books - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 06:02

USA TODAY has an exclusive excerpt from John Grisham's lastest "kid lawyer" mystery.

       
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Letters: ‘Lit Up’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 15:38
Readers respond to recent reviews of David Denby’s “Lit Up,” Olga Grushin’s “Forty Rooms” and more.









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