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Peggy Noonan: By the Book

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 06:30
The author, most recently, of “The Time of Our Lives” isn’t impressed with recent books by presidential contenders: “They were mostly unreal and insincere.”









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Children’s Books: A Place to Learn

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 15:26
A picture book offers a look at a home-schooling family’s day.









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‘Memory Theater,’ by Simon Critchley

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:25
Critchley imagines a structure for memories in a novel filled with philosophy references.









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The Novel’s Evil Tongue

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:29
To live without gossip is to scorn storytelling, and thus literature.









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Ivory Tower: All Things Being Unequal

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 04:30
New books ask whether economic inequality is the real problem — or whether our preoccupation with it distracts us from more fundamental issues.









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Author’s Note: The King and I

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 16:31
If literary fiction is Brooklyn, the historical novel is Queens.









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‘Lactivism,’ by Courtney Jung

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 04:30
Breast-feeding has become a question with social, political, medical and moral implications.









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‘Nut Country’ and ‘Right Out of California’

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 04:30
Two books explore the origins — in California in the 1930s and Texas in the 1950s — of today’s far right.









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The Shortlist: Fiction in Translation

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:35
New books by Marianne Fritz, Hasan Ali Toptas, Ronit Matalon, Antonio Tabucchi and Yasmina Khadra.









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‘The Death of Cancer,’ by Vincent T. DeVita Jr. and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:35
An oncologist reviews issues involved in cancer treatment, and explains his aggressive approach.









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‘The New and Improved Romie Futch,’ by Julia Elliott

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:35
Mutated animals, including a giant monster pig, populate a novel that defies categorization.









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‘Fox Tooth Heart,’ by John McManus

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:35
Unusual stories at once lurid and insightful.









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‘The Mountain Shadow,’ by Gregory David Roberts

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:35
Tough guys and washed-out expats take the stage in a sequel to “Shantaram.”









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‘The Horse,’ by Wendy Williams

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:35
A biography of the horse and its long, complex partnership with people.









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Open Book: Serving the Truth

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:19
Though Magda Szabo’s work dealt with life behind the Iron Curtain, she considered art a sphere apart from politics.









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William H. Gass’s ‘Eyes’ and John Barth’s ‘Collected Stories’

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:18
Collections of fiction by two American writers over 80 test the boundaries of narrative form.









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‘The Relic Master,’ by Christopher Buckley

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:06
Buckley’s satire imagines a quest for a religious artifact.









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Paperback Row

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:59
Paperback books of particular interest.









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John Sedgwick’s ‘War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation’

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:57
Telling the story of the rivalry that led to the Burr-Hamilton duel.









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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:49
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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