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‘Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy,’ by Phyllis Birnbaum

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:27
A Qing royal led resistance forces, often dressed as a man.







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‘The Battle of Versailles,’ by Robin Givhan

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:27
American design faced off with French fashion in a 1973 show.







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‘The Fair Fight,’ by Anna Freeman

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:27
Anna Freeman sets her novel in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late-18th-century England.







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‘Academy Street,’ by Mary Costello

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:26
Mary Costello’s debut novel is an intimate portrait of one Irish immigrant’s life.
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The Shortlist: Topical Fiction

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:26
New books by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Amanda Eyre Ward, Andrew Roe and Margaret Vandenburg.
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Asne Seierstad’s ‘One of Us,’ About Rampage in Norway

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:27
“One of Us” explores a dark side of contemporary Scandinavia through the life and crimes of Anders Behring Breivik, a mass murderer who killed 77 people, most of them teenagers.






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Open Book: Grandeur to Spare

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 16:31
Chris Impey, the author of “Beyond: Our Future in Space,” says: “I grew up in a small, damp, cloudy country. The stars and space were not prominent in my childhood.”
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ArtsBeat: Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist to Stop Drawing Muhammed

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:11
Muhammad “no longer interests me,” Rénald Luzier, who works under the name Luz, said in an interview.






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ArtsBeat: New ‘Avengers’ Movie Not Enough? Take a Free Comic Book

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:57
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day.
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Letters: ‘Spinster’

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:54
Readers respond to a recent review of Kate Bolick’s “Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own.”
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Philip Glass: By the Book

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 09:39
The composer and author of “Words Without Music” says his favorite books about music “are not serious books about the philosophy of music or music awareness or whatever you want to call it.”
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ArtsBeat: War Stories Both Quiet and Loud

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 06:19
“A Sailor’s Story” by Sam Glanzman and “Joe Kubert: Enemy Ace” are reminders of the power of war comics.






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‘Beyond: Our Future in Space,’ by Chris Impey

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:30
An astronomer sees a glorious future for humankind in space — one that includes colonies on the moon and Mars in 2045.
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‘Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat,’ by Paul Halpern

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 17:28
The story of two great physicists and their doomed competition to create a grand unified theory.






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‘The Turner House,’ by Angela Flournoy

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 04:30
An African-American family story is also a story of Detroit.






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‘Days of Rage,’ by Bryan Burrough

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 04:30
Bryan Burrough examines domestic terrorism of the 1970s and ’80s.






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ArtsBeat: ‘Maestra,’ Psychological Thriller by L. S. Hilton, Scooped Up By G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 16:39
G. P. Putnam’s Sons bought the rights to “Maestra,” the first novel in a trilogy by L. S. Hilton, in a low-seven-figure pre-emptive deal.






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ArtsBeat: Courtney Love Is Sued by Co-Writer of Her Memoir

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:21
Anthony Bozza, who was hired in 2010, has filed suit in federal court, saying that Ms. Love failed to complete payment for his work.






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Bookends: What’s It Like Reading Saul Bellow’s ‘Henderson the Rain King’ Today?

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:00
Bellow’s novel divided critics when it was first published in 1959. James Parker and Francine Prose discuss the experience of reading it today.






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‘Ordinary Light: A Memoir,’ by Tracy K. Smith

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 04:30
A memoir of race, faith and a mother’s devotion, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith.






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