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‘The Beautiful Bureaucrat,’ by Helen Phillips

14 hours 51 min ago
This debut novel explores existential questions through the experiences of an administrative worker.









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Critic’s Take: Walker Percy’s Theory of Hurricanes

14 hours 51 min ago
Percy believed that we feel good when we no longer feel uncertain about our role in the world; when everyone is focused, connected and engaged.









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Joe Domanick’s ‘Blue’ Examines the L.A.P.D.

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:27
How Los Angeles overcame terrible crime and a corrupt and brutal police department.









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Literary Landscapes: Patter and Patois

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 04:00
Walter Mosley writes about his relationship to the literature of Louisiana.









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ArtsBeat: Eric Schlosser to Publish Book on American Prison System

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 16:38
Eric Schlosser, who wrote “Fast Food Nation,” will explore how rising incarceration rates are intertwined with social factors like growing inequality.









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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘The Conservative Heart’

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 18:29
Arthur C. Brooks discusses “The Conservative Heart,” and Susan Southard talks about “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War.”









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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:34
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Paperback Row

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:29
Paperback books of particular interest.









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Crime: Flight or Fright

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:24
Sara Paretsky’s crusading private eye, V.I. (Vic) Warshawski, returns in “Brush Back.”









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Inside the List

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:19
William Finnegan, who has written several sober examinations of the world’s hot spots, has his first best seller with the surfing memoir “Barbarian Days,” No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list.









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‘Wealth Secrets of the One Percent,’ by Sam Wilkin

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:12
An economist offers principles for amassing riches gleaned from business titans.









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‘The Love She Left Behind,’ by Amanda Coe

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:08
In this novel, a woman leaves her husband and two children for a temperamental playwright.









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‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street,’ by Natasha Pulley

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:02
In this debut novel, set in 1880s London, a mysterious mechanical genius seems to tinker with fate.









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‘Circling the Sun,’ by Paula McLain

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:01
This novel is based on the life of Beryl Markham, horsewoman and aviator.









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‘The Richest Man Who Ever Lived,’ by Greg Steinmetz

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:00
A Renaissance-era financier helped to create an international money market.









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‘The Fly Trap,’ by Fredrik Sjoberg

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:59
An amateur entomologist from Sweden offers a unique tour of the world of hoverfly collecting.









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‘Barbara the Slut,’ by Lauren Holmes

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:59
A story collection traces lives tinged with comedy and strain.









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‘A Hanging at Cinder Bottom,’ by Glenn Taylor

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:58
Two card hustlers face the gallows in a West Virginia town.









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The Shortlist: Dark Memoirs

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:57
New books by Alan Lightman, Mary Anna King, Brad Gooch and Allen Kurzweil.









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Open Book: More Than Scary

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:19
Ruth Franklin, who’s writing a biography of Shirley Jackson, says of her subject: “She continues to fascinate me every day.”









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