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‘The Wives of Los Alamos,’ by TaraShea Nesbit

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:24
This novel imagines married life at a secret atomic testing facility in remote Los Alamos.






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‘The Tyranny of Experts,’ by William Easterly

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:23
The world’s poor have been betrayed by the technocrats in charge of global development, William Easterly says.






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‘Cycle of Lies’ and ‘Wheelmen’

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:23
Lance Armstrong and the win-at-all-costs world of pro cycling.






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‘Neanderthal Man,’ by Svante Paabo

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:22
In tracing ancient DNA, a paleogeneticist uncovered a relationship between Neanderthals and modern humans.






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‘Plato at the Googleplex,’ by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:22
A philosophical inquiry imagines Plato on an American book tour in the 21st century.






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Crime: Nevada Barr’s ‘Destroyer Angel,’ and More

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:21
In Nevada Barr’s Destroyer Angel,” the National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon must revert to her animal nature to survive.






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‘Three Brothers,’ by Peter Ackroyd

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:19
This novel, set against the backdrop of 1960s London, abounds with political corruption and sexual scandal.






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‘No Book but the World,’ by Leah Hager Cohen

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:19
Raised by utopian parents, this novel’s brother and sister find it hard to navigate the world.






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‘Saint Monkey,’ by Jacinda Townsend

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:19
Two ambitious friends come of age in 1950s Kentucky, but a rift forms when one moves to Harlem.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:18
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:17
Paperback books of particular interest.






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The Shortlist: Susan Cheever’s ‘E. E. Cummings,’ and More

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:17
New books about Marianne Moore, E. E. Cummings, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and Tennyson.






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Open Book: From Fan Letter to Pen Pal

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:16
“Fare Forward” collects letters written by the experimental-fiction writer David Markson to a fan turned friend.






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Letters: Stevens v. Shakespeare

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:14
Readers react to a recent interview with John Paul Stevens and more.






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‘Asia’s Cauldron,’ by Robert D. Kaplan

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:00
As America’s influence in the Western Pacific diminishes, China’s power rises, along with the potential for geopolitical conflict.






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Adam Begley’s ‘Updike’

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:59
Adam Begley’s biography of John Updike surveys his work as well as his life.






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‘Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,’ by Francine Prose

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:59
Francine Prose’s new novel, about a cross-dressing French racecar driver who collaborates with the Nazis, is recounted by various alternating narrators.






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Robin Roberts: By the Book

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:30
The “Good Morning America” anchor and author of “Everybody’s Got Something” calls Maya Angelou her literary hero: As a teenager in Mississippi, “I identified with her quest for independence.”






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Bookends: Which Books From Your Past Do You Read Now With Ambivalence?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:30
Adam Kirsch and Zoë Heller discuss how their opinions of certain books have changed over the years.






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Inside the List

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:15
Nevada Barr, whose “Destroyer Angel” is No. 8 on the hardcover fiction list, came up with the idea for her mystery series while working as a law enforcement ranger for the National Park Service.






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