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‘The Bully of Order,’ by Brian Hart

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:37
In a logging town on the Pacific Coast, a family grapples with violence and tragedy at the turn of the 20th century.
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‘Us,’ by David Nicholls

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:37
In this novel, a British couple on the verge of divorce and their unpleasant son trek around Europe.
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‘Mermaids in Paradise,’ by Lydia Millet

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:37
Lydia Millet satirizes our rapacious culture in this novel of mermaids, mercenaries and a Caribbean honeymoon gone awry.
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‘Loitering,’ Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:23
From J. D. Salinger to the complexities of suicide, Charles D’Ambrosio’s essays search for long-forgotten ideals.
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‘Empire’s Crossroads,’ by Carrie Gibson

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:16
Carrie Gibson makes a case for the centrality of the Caribbean through 500 years of exploitative history.
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Edith Pearlman’s ‘Honeydew’

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:04
The stories in Edith Pearlman’s “Honeydew” capture the complex and surprising turns in seemingly ordinary lives.






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By the Book: Patton Oswalt: By the Book

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:03
The actor, comedian and author, most recently, of “Silver Screen Fiend” loves poetry: “Wallace Stevens especially. I don’t talk about it much; it just never comes up. But I’m a neophyte poetry buff.”






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‘A Royal Experiment,’ by Janice Hadlow

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:10
Haunted by his feuding ancestors, George III was determined to be a new kind of king.






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ArtsBeat: More Than 60 Years Later, a New Edition of Cartier-Bresson Classic

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:44
“The Decisive Moment,” a book of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, has been republished in a new edition.






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Bookends: Can Writers Still ‘Make It New’?

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:00
Pankaj Mishra and Benjamin Moser debate whether there is any true novelty left for writers to explore.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Patrick Modiano’s ‘Suspended Sentences’

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 22:31
Alan Riding discusses Mr. Modiano’s novellas, and Judith Newman talks about Ruth Goodman’s “How to Be a Victorian.”






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ArtsBeat: The Blame Game: Karen Armstrong Talks About ‘Fields of Blood’

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 15:39
Ms. Armstrong discusses her new book, which examines the relationship between religion and violence throughout history.






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‘The Lives of Others,’ by Neel Mukherjee

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:51
In the 1960s, a middle-class urbanite leaves Calcutta to join the Maoist rebellion.
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‘Why Homer Matters,’ by Adam Nicolson

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:51
For the voyager Adam Nicolson, Homer is impossible to understand while sitting behind a desk.
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‘Hand to Mouth,’ by Linda Tirado

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:51
The plight of the working poor, from an author with firsthand experience.
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‘Me, Myself, and Us,’ by Brian R. Little

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:50
A look at science on personality, and ways of understanding different traits, including your own.
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‘How to Be a Victorian,’ by Ruth Goodman

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:50
From dawn to dusk, a social historian sees for herself the intricacies of life in Victorian England.
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‘Havel: A Life,’ by Michael Zantovsky

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:50
A playwright turned statesman, Vaclav Havel came to embody the soul of post-Communist Czechoslovakia.
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‘How We Got to Now,’ by Steven Johnson

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:50
Steven Johnson explores the ramifications, good and bad, of six technologies that have changed the world.
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Will Self’s ‘Shark’

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:50
Will Self’s follow-up to “Umbrella” is set in the 1970s but pivots around a nightmarish episode from World War II.
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