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ArtsBeat: Kirkus Announces Finalists for 2015 Book Prizes

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 06:30
Books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lucia Berlin and Lauren Groff are among the finalists for the $50,000 annual prizes, which were awarded for the first time last year.









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‘South Toward Home,’ by Margaret Eby

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 03:30
This literary road trip takes in the haunts of Faulkner, O’Connor, Welty and seven other Southern favorites.









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ArtsBeat: Hilary Mantel, Salman Rushdie and Other Authors Will Donate Profits to Help Syrian Refugees

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 10:40
Hilary Mantel and Ian Rankin are among the authors who will donate profits from sales of their books through the Waterstones chain to help Syrian refugees.









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Bookends: In the Age of Memoir, What’s the Legacy of the Confessional Mode?

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 06:00
Fifty years after Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel” was published, has the confessional mode been co-opted by the memoir?









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Sloane Crosley’s ‘The Clasp’

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 03:30
Former friends look for a lost necklace and a way to reconnect.









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Sherry Turkle’s ‘Reclaiming Conversation’

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 03:30
Jonathan Franzen reviews a new book based on interviews with people who say they feel controlled by new technologies.









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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Black Silent Majority’

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:34
Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about Michael Javen Fortner’s new book, and Hanna Rosin discusses David Brock’s “Killing the Messenger.”









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The Shortlist: Marriage Plots

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:32
New books by Clancy Martin, Jesse Kornbluth, Jill Bialosky and Jennifer Steil.









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David Maraniss’s ‘Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story’

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:31
An expansive look at Detroit in 1963 captures its greatness on the cusp of its decline.









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Open Book: The Contenders

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:31
A look at the recently announced longlists of nominees for the National Book Awards.









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John Banville’s ‘The Blue Guitar’

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:31
A formerly famous painter returns to his hometown and takes up with a friend’s wife.









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‘This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!’ by Jonathan Evison

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:31
In Evison’s fourth novel, a 78-year-old widow finds out she’s won a free cruise.









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Inside the List

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:31
Lauren Groff, whose “Fates and Furies” is No. 7 on the hardcover fiction list, says she relates to both of the book’s main characters: “I wobble between action and somewhat optimistic fatalism.”









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Critic’s Take: Owing to the Greeks

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:31
The economic imbroglio between Germany and Greece perfectly corresponds with literary history.









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‘The Invention of Nature,’ by Andrea Wulf

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:31
Before Darwin, a strange, genius scientist sparked understanding of ecosystems, and of their endangerment.









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Editors’ Choice

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:43
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Paperback Row

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:38
Paperback books of particular interest.









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Letters: ‘Between the World and Me’

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:20
Readers respond to a recent review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book and more.









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ArtsBeat: Sotheby’s Sale Includes Rare Early English Books (and Early English Dogs)

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 14:41
Sotheby’s is selling the rare-books collection of Robert S Pirie, which is estimated to be worth more than $15 million.









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Mary Karr: By the Book

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 07:24
The author of “The Liars’ Club” and, most recently, “The Art of Memoir” doesn’t care for John Ashbery’s poetry: “The most celebrated unclothed emperor in U.S. letters today — an invention of academic critics.”









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