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The Shortlist: Literary Lives

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:24
New novels explore the lives of Virginia Woolf, George Sand and Emily Dickinson.







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‘Backlands,’ by Victoria Shorr

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:24
Led by a charismatic, one-eyed rebel and his lover, an outlaw gang roams the Brazilian badlands in the 1920s and ’30s.







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‘Stalin’s Daughter,’ by Rosemary Sullivan

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:23
Stalin’s daughter tried to escape his shadow by defecting to the United States.







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Letters: ‘Galileo’s Middle Finger’

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:34
Readers respond to recent reviews of Alice Dreger’s new book, Jim Shepard’s “The Book of Aron” and more.







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Children’s Books: A Guide to Reading Rituals

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:34
A new picture book is a “how to" manual for little people who have just gotten the hang of reading.







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‘The Fixer,’ by Joseph Finder

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:30
A reporter is drawn into a family mystery when he finds millions in his father’s home.







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‘A Complex Fate: William L. Shirer and the American Century,’ by Ken Cuthbertson

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:30
A new biography traces William L. Shirer’s arc from intrepid foreign correspondent to blacklist victim to mega-best-selling author.







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‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga,’ by Pamela Newkirk

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:11
In the early 1900s, Americans flocked to see the “African Pygmy.”







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‘The Anchoress,’ by Robyn Cadwallader

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 08:43
A teenager in medieval England becomes a religious hermit.







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Bookends: How Would ‘Ulysses’ Be Received Today?

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 07:00
When James Joyce’s novel was first published in 1922, it was banned for obscenity and the U.S. Postal Service burned copies.







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‘Saint Mazie,’ by Jami Attenberg

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:30
Jami Attenberg’s novel, inspired by a 1940 New Yorker profile, centers on a bawdy, bighearted woman in Depression-era New York.







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‘The Love Object,’ by Edna O’Brien

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:30
Edna O’Brien’s tales trace a nation gripped by tradition and change.







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ArtsBeat: Jack Livings Wins PEN Prize for Debut Fiction

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 19:19
Mr. Livings won for “The Dog,” a collection of short stories set in China.







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Judd Apatow: By the Book

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:08
The screenwriter, director and author of “Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy,” owns a lot of books. “I have actually convinced myself that buying books is the same as reading.”







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‘The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland’

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 09:45
A look at three very different lives: Lewis Carroll’s, Alice Liddell’s and that of the literary creation they both had a part in.







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‘The Meursault Investigation,’ by Kamel Daoud

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 04:30
Daoud’s inventive novel looks at Albert Camus’s “The Stranger” with new eyes.







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‘The Architect’s Apprentice,’ by Elif Shafak

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 04:30
An elephant trainer becomes an apprentice to the Ottoman Empire’s chief architect.







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‘The Sunken Cathedral,’ by Kate Walbert

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 04:30
Threats, real and imagined, loom in the lives of restive New Yorkers.







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ArtsBeat: Up for Auction: Lucian Freud’s Letters to a Poet

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 15:03
As a teenager, Lucian Freud wrote colorful, affectionate letters to the poet Stephen Spender.







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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Reagan: The Life’

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 18:13
Jeff Shesol talks about H. W. Brands’s new biography of Ronald Reagan, and Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs talks about her new biography of Jonas Salk.







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