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The Shortlist: Sarah Bird’s ‘Above the East China Sea,’ and More

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:17
New books by Sarah Bird, Jennifer Vanderbes and Kate Mosse.






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‘Becoming Freud,’ by Adam Phillips

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:16
In this brief biography, Adam Phillips focuses on the discovery of the unconscious.






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Inside the List

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:16
Liane Moriarty, whose “Big Little Lies” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, realized something while reading “Fifty Shades of Grey”: “I couldn’t write a sexy spanking scene to save my life.”






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:16
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:15
Paperback books of particular interest.






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‘The Thing With Feathers’ and ‘The Homing Instinct’

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:57
Two scientists’ studies of migrating birds shed light on their intelligence and ability to love.






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Darragh McKeon’s ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:56
Darragh McKeon’s novel of the Chernobyl disaster captures the inner workings of a crumbling Soviet Union.






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Open Book: Books for the Road

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:55
Patti Smith talks about her history of reading Haruki Murakami, and shares what she’s been reading on tour.






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Garrison Keillor: By the Book

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:00
The host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and the author, most recently, of “The Keillor Reader” collects hymnals, phrase books and tales of heroic collies.






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Bookends: What’s Your Favorite Out-of-Print Book?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:00
Adam Kirsch and Francine Prose discuss their favorite out-of-print books.






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Deep Chords: Haruki Murakami’s ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:00
Patti Smith reviews Haruki Murakami’s dreamlike new novel, in which a man seeks out old friends to understand why he was banished from their circle.






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‘The Mantle of Command,’ by Nigel Hamilton

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:34
Nigel Hamilton argues that Roosevelt’s genius for military leadership has been underrated and overshadowed.






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‘Malthus,’ by Robert J. Mayhew

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:34
Thomas Robert Malthus’s ideas about population and scarcity have been invoked, extrapolated and polemicized for centuries.






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‘Indonesia Etc.,’ by Elizabeth Pisani

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:33
Elizabeth Pisani trekked 26,000 miles around the Indonesian archipelago, searching for what binds this disparate nation.






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‘Ecstatic Cahoots’ and ‘Paper Lantern,’ by Stuart Dybek

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:33
Fifty-nine short stories about love and other passionate longings, tinged with surreal potential, by Stuart Dybek, a master of the form.






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Crime: Yannick Murphy’s ‘This Is the Water,’ and More

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:33
In Yannick Murphy’s thriller “This Is the Water,” the mother of two girls on a competitive swim team is having an affair with her friend’s husband.






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Philip Eade’s ‘Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters’

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:11
An Englishwoman made a career of her marriage to the “white rajah” of a jungle protectorate in northern Borneo.






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‘The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,’ by Tom Rachman

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:11
The perplexed heroine of Tom Rachman’s novel explores New York City and travels the world.






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‘The Magician’s Land,’ by Lev Grossman

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:11
An exiled magician tries a risky heist in Lev Grossman’s novel, the final installment of a trilogy.






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‘Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire,’ by Paul Sorrentino

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:11
The poet and novelist Stephen Crane “raced through his life,” documenting war and poverty until his death at 28.






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