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Crime: Louise Penny’s ‘The Long Way Home,’ and More

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:59
In Louise Penny’s “The Long Way Home,” Chief Inspector Armand Gamache follows a lost artist’s perilous journey to find himself.






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‘Fractured Times,’ by Eric Hobsbawm

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:58
This collection of reviews and lectures, posthumously published, mourns the end of European high culture.






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‘Time Present and Time Past,’ by Deirdre Madden

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:58
A series of challenges unsettles an extended family’s comfortable existence.






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‘Big Little Man,’ by Alex Tizon

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:57
A journalist examines Asian-American manhood and the cultural stereotypes that shaped his coming-of-age.






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‘Hold the Dark,’ by William Giraldi

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:56
Grief and cold dominate this novel set in remote Alaska.






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‘Sweetness #9,’ by Stephan Eirik Clark

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:56
A flavor chemist lands a job as an animal tester and is disturbed by the effects a new sweetener appears to have on his rats.






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‘Friendswood,’ by René Steinke

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:55
A small town falters after an industrial disaster.






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‘The Moor’s Account,’ by Laila Lalami

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:55
A fictional memoir narrated by Estebanico, a Moroccan slave and the first black explorer of America.






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‘10:04,’ by Ben Lerner

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:54
A Brooklyn-based narrator preoccupied with identity decides to help his best friend have a child.






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‘Rainey Royal,’ by Dylan Landis

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:54
Sex and cruelty are tools a 14-year-old uses to cope with a devastatingly irresponsible father in 1970s Greenwich Village.






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‘The Human Age,’ by Diane Ackerman

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:53
Diane Ackerman surveys the technology and innovations that define our human-dominated epoch.






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Elena Ferrante’s ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:52
The third novel in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series tracks a long and complicated friendship.






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Inside the List

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:51
With Ebola back in the news, readers are returning to Richard Preston’s scientific adventure story “The Hot Zone,” which is No. 17 on the paperback nonfiction list.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:50
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:50
Paperback books of particular interest.






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‘We Are Not Ourselves,’ by Matthew Thomas

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:48
This first novel probes the lives of three generations of an Irish-American family in the 20th century.






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Open Book: Getting to the Heart of Things

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:48
Matthew Thomas, who earned two master’s degrees in writing, says the workshop environment “serves its purpose and then you have to move on.”






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The Shortlist: Terrence Holt’s ‘Internal Medicine,’ and More

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:47
New books by Terrence Holt, Judy Melinek and T. J. Mitchell, and Paul A. Marks and James Sterngold.






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Letters: Poor Little Lambs

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:47
Readers respond to a recent review of William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep” and more.






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James Ellroy’s ‘Perfidia’

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:19
Police officers and criminals are hard to tell apart in James Ellroy’s novel of 1940s Los Angeles.






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