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‘J. D. Salinger: The Escape Artist,’ by Thomas Beller

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:05
Thomas Beller views J. D. Salinger as a New York writer.






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‘Beethoven,’ by Jan Swafford

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:05
This biography of Beethoven is also a personal journey through his music and the Enlightenment-era ferment that shaped it.






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Open Book: Writing His Own Tune

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:05
The pianist Jeremy Denk is at work on a book, a mix of memoir and thoughts about music tentatively titled “Every Good Boy Does Fine.”






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Amy Bloom: By the Book

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:00
The author, most recently, of “Lucky Us” would like to invite Sappho, George Bernard Shaw and James Baldwin over for a literary dinner. “It’s not clear to me that everyone will get along.”






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The New York Times Book Review: Back Issues

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:48
Complete contents of the Book Review since 1997.






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Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:00
Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether there is any use in retaining old labels of cultural prestige.






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‘Falling Out of Time,’ by David Grossman

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:27
David Grossman’s book in verse is an intimate study of grief and mourning.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:09
Paperback books of particular interest.
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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:57
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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‘The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:35
Elia Kazan’s letters underscore his central importance in the maturing of American film and theater at midcentury.
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Tim Winton’s ‘Eyrie’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:34
Tim Winton’s hero, a disgraced and despairing activist in Western Australia, is called to help a childhood friend.
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‘Lucian Freud,’ by Phoebe Hoban

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:33
A biography of the painter who crossed paths with everyone from Kate Moss to the Kray brothers.
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‘The Golden Age Shtetl,’ by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:33
A history of Jewish life in the villages of Eastern Europe before the period familiar to American Jews.
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‘All the Rage,’ by A. L. Kennedy

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:32
Cruelty and lust predominate in A. L. Kennedy’s stories.
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‘Take This Man,’ by Brando Skyhorse

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:32
Brando Skyhorse’s turbulent childhood was built on myth.
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Howard Norman’s ‘Next Life Might Be Kinder’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:31
This novel’s protagonist cannot surmount his grief over his wife’s murder.
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‘Liberalism,’ by Edmund Fawcett

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:31
A history of liberalism, told through the lives and ideas of a dynamic group of European and American thinkers.
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‘The Essential Ellen Willis’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:30
Ellen Willis, who emerged in the 1960s, asked serious questions about culture and politics.
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‘Snow in May,’ by Kseniya Melnik

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:30
These stories portray women’s lives in Magadan, Russia, a town known as an entryway to gulag labor camps.
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‘Closed Doors,’ by Lisa O’Donnell

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:29
A boy in a remote Scottish town tries to understand the terrible thing that has happened to his mother.
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