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Mario Vargas Llosa’s ‘Discreet Hero’

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:58
Characters from previous Mario Vargas Llosa novels return in this tale of privilege, extortion and greed.
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‘The Unraveling of Mercy Louis,’ by Keija Parssinen

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:58
A teenager navigates a series of disasters.
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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:58
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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‘The Last Flight of Poxl West,’ by Daniel Torday

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 04:30
A World War II memoir by a Jewish R.A.F. bomber is the book-within-a-book in Daniel Torday’s first novel.






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‘Frank,’ Barney Frank’s Memoir

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:32
Former Representative Barney Frank, a liberal mainstay, offers his views on the political process and his role within it.






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By the Book: Erik Larson: By the Book

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:30
The author, most recently, of “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” keeps a book full of photographs of miniature dioramas of bloody crime scenes on his shelves. “A gift from a friend.”






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Children's Books: ‘Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go,’ by Laura Rose Wagner

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 15:07
In the wake of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, a teenage girl is left to fend for herself in this young adult novel.






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Children's Books: ‘Echo,’ by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 15:06
In this middle-grade novel, a harmonica touches the lives of three embattled children across years and continents.






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Children's Books: ‘The Honest Truth’ and ‘Wish Girl’

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 15:05
Gravely ill and facing debilitating treatments, two resolute protagonists take matters into their own hands.






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Children's Books: Emily Jenkins’s ‘A Fine Dessert,’ and More

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 15:05
John Lithgow reviews three picture books that celebrate the places we inhabit and the traditions they contain.






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Children’s Books: ‘Tricky Vic’ and ‘Earmuffs for Everyone!’

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:42
Two picture book biographies recount the lives of extraordinary men — one a scoundrel, one an unlikely paragon.






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Bookends: Should an Author’s Intentions Matter?

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:30
Zoë Heller and Adam Kirsch debate whether an author’s intended meanings matter more than a reader’s interpretations.






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Kim Gordon’s ‘Girl in a Band’

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 04:30
Questlove reviews Ms. Gordon’s new memoir, which doesn’t shy away from unpleasantness in discussing life before, during and after Sonic Youth.






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‘The Musical Brain,’ Stories by César Aira

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 04:30
The characters in César Aira’s stories inhabit a shifting landscape of events.






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ArtsBeat: New Umberto Eco Novel, ‘Numero Zero,’ Coming This Fall

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:55
Coming out on Nov. 3, the satirical novel, a best seller in Italy, tells the story of a struggling ghostwriter.






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ArtsBeat: Whiting Awards Celebrate 30 Years With 10 Winning Writers

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 14:07
This year’s winners include the playwrights Lucas Hnath and Anne Washburn.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Erik Larson’s ‘Dead Wake’

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 15:00
Mr. Larson discusses his new book about the Lusitania, and Orlando Patterson talks about two new books by black conservatives.






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‘There’s Something I Want You to Do,’ by Charles Baxter

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:44
Charles Baxter’s stories hinge on “request moments,” when taking action involves a suggestion or a demand.
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Nina Stibbe’s ‘Man at the Helm’

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:44
Two sisters living in an English village seek out suitors for their single parent in this comic novel.
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‘To Explain the World,’ by Steven Weinberg

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:44
A physicist surveys the misguided and evolving methods used to decipher scientific phenomena.
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