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Inside the List

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:46
Dan Santat was stunned when his picture book “The Adventures of Beekle” won the Caldecott Medal in February: “I crumpled to the floor and started crying.”







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Gary Clement’s ‘Swimming, Swimming,’ and More

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:45
A place for playing with friends, freeing the imagination and, of course, swimming: Three picture books celebrate the pool.







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‘The Last Bookaneer,’ by Matthew Pearl

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:45
Matthew Pearl’s fifth novel conceives of 19th-century literary pirates who published manuscripts and books without their authors’ permission as swashbuckling criminals.







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‘Bitter Bronx’ and ‘Just Kids From the Bronx’

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:45
An interlocking collection of short fiction and a sprawling series of reminiscences, both set in the Bronx.







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‘Church of Marvels,’ by Leslie Parry

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:45
This debut novel tells closely linked stories set in New York City in the 1890s.







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‘The Sculptor,’ by Scott McCloud

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:36
In Scott McCloud’s first graphic novel since 1998, a sculptor trades his life for his art.







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‘Gironimo!’ and ‘Lanterne Rouge’

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:36
One writer retraces the 1914 route of the Tour of Italy, and another researches the men who have finished last in the Tour de France.







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‘Beale Street Dynasty’ and ‘Dreams to Remember’

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:36
“Beale Street Dynasty” adds a fascinating chapter to civil rights history, and “Dreams to Remember” evokes the fire of Otis Redding and his Memphis label, Stax Records.







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‘Oh! You Pretty Things,’ by Shanna Mahin

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:36
The heroine of this first novel set in Los Angeles is preoccupied with fame and its discontents.







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The Shortlist: Y.A. Crossover

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:33
New books by Margo Rabb, David Almond, Justine Larbalestier and Nova Ren Suma.







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‘The Brethren,’ by Robert Merle

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:29
“The Brethren," published in France in 1977, is the first of 13 volumes detailing more than a century of French history and known as “Fortunes of France.”







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ArtsBeat: Rare Early Proof of ‘The Bell Jar’ to Be Auctioned

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 18:49
A second-hand copy of the 1963 novel, written under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, sat on a shelf for three decades. Now it’s expected to sell for a few thousand dollars.







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David McCullough: By the Book

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 07:00
The author, most recently, of “The Wright Brothers” originally planned to write fiction. “Again and again come vivid reminders that the truth often is not only stranger than fiction, but far more remarkable as a story.”







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Travel

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 04:30
New books take us on a quest for Atlantis, and to Kilimanjaro, Amsterdam, Vietnam, Scandinavia and elsewhere.







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Science Fiction and Fantasy

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 04:30
Naomi Novik’s “Uprooted,” Terry Pratchett’s “A Blink of the Screen” and more.







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‘I Take You,’ by Eliza Kennedy

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 04:30
In Eliza Kennedy’s salty first novel, a young lawyer named Lily is having serious doubts about getting married.







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ArtsBeat: Dashiell Hammett Papers Go to University of South Carolina

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:50
The Dashiell Hammett archives include hundreds of letters and a replica of the Maltese Falcon.







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ArtsBeat: Margaret Atwood Delivers Work to Be Published in 2114

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:57
Ms. Atwood provided the first work in the “Future Library” project taking place in Oslo.







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Children’s Books: Winged Wonders

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 08:00
With poetic words and stunning photographs, “Sweep Up the Sun” salutes birds in flight.







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‘Seveneves,’ by Neal Stephenson

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 04:30
In Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, Earth’s moon suddenly and spontaneously breaks apart into seven large pieces.







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