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‘Take This Man,’ by Brando Skyhorse

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:32
Brando Skyhorse’s turbulent childhood was built on myth.
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Howard Norman’s ‘Next Life Might Be Kinder’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:31
This novel’s protagonist cannot surmount his grief over his wife’s murder.
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‘Liberalism,’ by Edmund Fawcett

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:31
A history of liberalism, told through the lives and ideas of a dynamic group of European and American thinkers.
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‘The Essential Ellen Willis’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:30
Ellen Willis, who emerged in the 1960s, asked serious questions about culture and politics.
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‘Snow in May,’ by Kseniya Melnik

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:30
These stories portray women’s lives in Magadan, Russia, a town known as an entryway to gulag labor camps.
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‘Closed Doors,’ by Lisa O’Donnell

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:29
A boy in a remote Scottish town tries to understand the terrible thing that has happened to his mother.
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‘Stuff Matters,’ by Mark Miodownik

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:29
Why do paper clips bend? What makes elastic stretchy? A scientist examines the ubiquitous substances we take for granted.
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Inside the List

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:29
Marja Mills, whose “Mockingbird Next Door” is No. 4 on the hardcover nonfiction list, spent ample time observing Harper Lee going about her ordinary daily life.
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The Shortlist: Lee Upton’s ‘Tao of Humiliation,’ and More

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:28
New books by Lee Upton, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, David James Poissant and Adam Wilson.
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Open Book: Captivating and Repellent

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:21
Ben Macintyre says Kim Philby’s writings are “completely unreliable, which makes sifting fact from fiction a real challenge, but a hugely enjoyable one.”
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‘The Transcriptionist,’ by Amy Rowland

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:18
Amy Rowland’s solitary heroine is unhinged by a harrowing stream of disembodied words.
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Philip Ziegler’s ‘Olivier’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:17
A biography of the “strangely hidden” man who, since boyhood, wanted to be “the greatest actor in the world.”
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‘Brando’s Smile,’ by Susan L. Mizruchi

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:17
A biographer of Marlon Brando delves into the archives and tries to demystify her complex subject.
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Letters: The Word

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:15
Readers respond to recent reviews of Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion,” Josh Ostergaard’s “The Devil’s Snake Curve” and more.
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ArtsBeat: Comic-Con 2014: Lois Lowry Finally Sees Her Novel On-Screen

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:09
Ms. Lowry, whose novel “The Giver” helped spawn the young adult science fiction genre, says seeing the film version opened her eyes to things left unsaid in the book.
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Ben Macintyre’s ‘A Spy Among Friends’

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:08
Ben Macintyre’s latest nonfiction thriller, “A Spy Among Friends,” is about Kim Philby, the high-level British spymaster who turned out to be a Russian mole.
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Kai Bird’s ‘The Good Spy’ and Jack Devine’s ‘Good Hunting’

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:08
Kai Bird tells the story of Robert Ames, an American operative in the Middle East, while Jack Devine’s memoir recounts his time helping rebel fighters battle Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
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Dean Koontz: By the Book

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:00
The author, most recently, of “The City” is a fan of Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy: “Both offer voluptuous yet highly controlled language and profound moral purpose.”






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Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:00
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:29
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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