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‘Decoded,’ by Mai Jia

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:37
A newly translated novel traces the mental breakdown of a code-cracking genius in revolutionary-era China.






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‘And the Dark Sacred Night,’ by Julia Glass

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:37
In midlife, the protagonist of Julia Glass’s novel embarks on a search for the parent he never knew.






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‘The Hard Way on Purpose,’ by David Giffels

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:36
An essayist examines job and population loss in the Midwest.






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‘Louisa Catherine,’ by Margery M. Heffron

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:36
A fascinating, if partial, portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams, the uncommonly courageous wife of John Quincy Adams.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:30
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:30
Paperback books of particular interest.






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The Shortlist: Joshua Max Feldman’s ‘Book of Jonah,’ and More

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:30
New books by Joshua Max Feldman, Wendy Jones, Ted Thompson and Davide Enia.






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David Van Reybrouck’s ‘Congo’

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:55
A wide-ranging account of Congo’s turbulent past balances research with personal testimonies.






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‘James Madison,’ by Lynne Cheney

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:54
In “James Madison,” Lynne Cheney brings to life the character and personality of the fourth president.






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‘Haunted Empire,’ by Yukari Iwatani Kane

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:53
A journalist looks at the challenges facing Apple in the years since Steve Jobs’s death.






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Open Book: Lonely Writers in the Movies

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:21
A. O. Scott says Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” is “a satire of a certain romantic conception of the writing life.”






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Letters: ‘Plato at the Googleplex’

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:16
Readers respond to recent reviews of Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s new book and Kevin Roose’s “Young Money.”






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Diane Keaton: By the Book

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 09:00
The actress and author of “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” describes listening to Patti Smith’s audiobook of “Just Kids” as “a revelation.”






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ArtsBeat: Whither Dan Brown? Poll Lists Americans’ Favorite Books

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:25
“The Da Vinci Code” is no longer among Americans’ favorite books but the Bible is still tops, according to a new Harris poll.
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Bookends: Why Is It So Hard to Capture the Writer’s Life on Film?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:49
Thomas Mallon and Dana Stevens discuss the difficulties of conveying what writers do on film.






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Inside the List

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:31
Gabrielle Zevin says her novel “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry,” which features a cranky bookseller, is “the closest I’ll ever come to owning a bookstore.”






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:30
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:26
Paperback books of particular interest.






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‘No Good Men Among the Living,’ by Anand Gopal

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:21
Through the lives of three Afghans, a journalist looks at American policy and the missed opportunities in the war in Afghanistan.






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‘The Wrong Enemy,’ by Carlotta Gall

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:21
An account of Pakistan’s role in the Afghanistan war, and an argument that the country’s intelligence service supports the Taliban.






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