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Open Book: Captivating and Repellent

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:21
Ben Macintyre says Kim Philby’s writings are “completely unreliable, which makes sifting fact from fiction a real challenge, but a hugely enjoyable one.”
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‘The Transcriptionist,’ by Amy Rowland

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:18
Amy Rowland’s solitary heroine is unhinged by a harrowing stream of disembodied words.
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Philip Ziegler’s ‘Olivier’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:17
A biography of the “strangely hidden” man who, since boyhood, wanted to be “the greatest actor in the world.”
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‘Brando’s Smile,’ by Susan L. Mizruchi

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:17
A biographer of Marlon Brando delves into the archives and tries to demystify her complex subject.
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Letters: The Word

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:15
Readers respond to recent reviews of Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion,” Josh Ostergaard’s “The Devil’s Snake Curve” and more.
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ArtsBeat: Comic-Con 2014: Lois Lowry Finally Sees Her Novel On-Screen

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:09
Ms. Lowry, whose novel “The Giver” helped spawn the young adult science fiction genre, says seeing the film version opened her eyes to things left unsaid in the book.
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Ben Macintyre’s ‘A Spy Among Friends’

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:08
Ben Macintyre’s latest nonfiction thriller, “A Spy Among Friends,” is about Kim Philby, the high-level British spymaster who turned out to be a Russian mole.
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Kai Bird’s ‘The Good Spy’ and Jack Devine’s ‘Good Hunting’

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:08
Kai Bird tells the story of Robert Ames, an American operative in the Middle East, while Jack Devine’s memoir recounts his time helping rebel fighters battle Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
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Dean Koontz: By the Book

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:00
The author, most recently, of “The City” is a fan of Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy: “Both offer voluptuous yet highly controlled language and profound moral purpose.”






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Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:00
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:29
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Crime: ‘The Forsaken,’ by Ace Atkins, and More

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:24
In Ace Atkins’s “The Forsaken,”






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‘This Blue,’ by Maureen N. McLane

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:24
From urban pigeons to the Adirondacks, Maureen N. McLane celebrates the intricacies of the natural world.






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‘The Great Glass Sea,’ by Josh Weil

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:24
The lives of Russian twins diverge in the post-Soviet years in this first novel.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:18
Paperback books of particular interest.






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‘Bicentennial,’ by Dan Chiasson

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:58
Dan Chiasson’s new collection evokes the father he never knew.






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‘Midnight in Europe,’ by Alan Furst

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:57
The hero of Alan Furst’s new espionage novel risks his life for the loyalists in the Spanish Civil War.






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‘The People’s Platform,’ by Astra Taylor

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:57
The Internet was hailed as a digital democracy, but has resulted in inequities and concentrations of power.






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Gabriel Chevallier’s ‘Fear’

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:45
Gabriel Chevallier’s autobiographical novel about serving on the front lines of World War I.






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Emily Gould’s ‘Friendship’

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:45
Young women grapple with jobs, men and each other in the blogger Emily Gould’s first novel.






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