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Inside the List

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:39
Robin Roberts, whose memoir “Everybody’s Got Something” debuts at No. 3 on the hardcover nonfiction list, says: “I believe optimism is a choice — a muscle that gets stronger with use.”






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‘Acts of God,’ by Ellen Gilchrist

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:39
Resilience is tested by a range of disasters, natural and otherwise, in this story collection.






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‘Love and Treasure,’ by Ayelet Waldman

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:38
An episode from World War II is brought into the present.






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Emma Donoghue’s ‘Frog Music’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:38
A novel of debauchery and murder in 1870s San Francisco.






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‘Decoded,’ by Mai Jia

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:37
A newly translated novel traces the mental breakdown of a code-cracking genius in revolutionary-era China.






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‘And the Dark Sacred Night,’ by Julia Glass

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:37
In midlife, the protagonist of Julia Glass’s novel embarks on a search for the parent he never knew.






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‘The Hard Way on Purpose,’ by David Giffels

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:36
An essayist examines job and population loss in the Midwest.






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‘Louisa Catherine,’ by Margery M. Heffron

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:36
A fascinating, if partial, portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams, the uncommonly courageous wife of John Quincy Adams.






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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:30
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:30
Paperback books of particular interest.






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The Shortlist: Joshua Max Feldman’s ‘Book of Jonah,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:30
New books by Joshua Max Feldman, Wendy Jones, Ted Thompson and Davide Enia.






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The Week in Pop: Comics, Atari, poets and more picks

USAToday Books - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 07:51
Whitney shares her favorite books, movies and more from the last week.
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Excerpt (and giveaway): Preview Todd Snider's new book

USAToday Books - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 04:28
The musician has penned an entertaining book of essays; enter to win one.
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Arizona girl's octopus joke has legs, gets published

USAToday Books - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 01:11
Book for kids by kids features hundreds of jokes, proceeds go to charity.
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Hot new romance releases to knock your socks off

USAToday Books - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 22:03
I dare you to read this list of new releases from this week (and a few from recent weeks) and not add way too many titles to your TBR pile.
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Author Pia Padukone has narrowly escaped tragedy

USAToday Books - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:03
The author of 'Where Earth Meets Water' opens up about her brushes with tragedy.
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David Van Reybrouck’s ‘Congo’

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:55
A wide-ranging account of Congo’s turbulent past balances research with personal testimonies.






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‘James Madison,’ by Lynne Cheney

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:54
In “James Madison,” Lynne Cheney brings to life the character and personality of the fourth president.






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‘Haunted Empire,’ by Yukari Iwatani Kane

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:53
A journalist looks at the challenges facing Apple in the years since Steve Jobs’s death.






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Open Book: Lonely Writers in the Movies

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:21
A. O. Scott says Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” is “a satire of a certain romantic conception of the writing life.”






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