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‘Song of the Shank,’ by Jeffery Renard Allen

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 14:09
Jeffery Renard Allen’s novel “Song of the Shank” draws on the real life of Thomas Wiggins, a blind piano prodigy and autistic savant born a slave in 19th-century Georgia.
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ArtsBeat: Book of Comedy Interviews Coming From Judd Apatow

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 13:49
“Sick in the Head,” due out next year, is a compilation of interviews Judd Apatow has conduced with comedy heroes and colleagues.
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Colum McCann: By the Book

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:00
The author of “TransAtlantic” and “Let the Great World Spin” says choosing a favorite living novelist is like walking the plank: “Inevitably you end up drowning, but at least it’s in a sea of heroes.”






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‘The Foundling Boy,’ by Michel Déon

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 14:58
In Michel Déon’s 1975 bildungsroman, a young Frenchman sets off to discover the Continent between the two world wars.






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Bookends: Has the Electronic Image Supplanted the Written Word?

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 09:42
Dana Stevens and Rivka Galchen discuss whether we are living in a new revolutionary age, or just a continuation of the old one.






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‘Cubed,’ by Nikil Saval

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:45
An account of office design and technology since the Civil War offers insights into the changing nature of work.






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Bookshelf: Baby Talk

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:38
New picture books include Sara Gillingham’s “Snuggle the Baby” and Lori Nichols’s “Maple.”






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:40
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:35
Paperback books of particular interest.






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John Dickie’s ‘Blood Brotherhoods’

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:31
A British historian examines the past of Italy’s three major regional crime organizations, and finds unity.






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‘The Myth of the Spoiled Child’ and ‘Do Fathers Matter?’

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:31
One book about child rearing recommends unconditional love; another calls for paternal involvement.






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‘Mr. Loverman,’ by Bernardine Evaristo

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:29
A married immigrant Londoner in his 70s is ready to come out.






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‘Inside Madeleine,’ by Paula Bomer

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:29
Coming-of-age tales about girls and their fraught relationships.






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‘Under Magnolia,’ by Frances Mayes

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:29
The author of “Under the Tuscan Sun” reflects on her early life in a small Georgia town.






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‘Perfectly Miserable,’ by Sarah Payne Stuart

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:28
A memoir centers on life in Concord, Mass., its cultural legacy and changing ways.






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Val McDermid’s ‘Northanger Abbey’

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:27
Val McDermid reworks Jane Austen’s Gothic satire “Northanger Abbey.”






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‘All the Birds, Singing,’ by Evie Wyld

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:27
A novel traces a solitary farmer’s attempt to escape her past on a remote British island.






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Inside the List

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:26
Neil Gaiman, whose “Ocean at the End of the Lane” is No. 8 on the paperback fiction list, wrote his first published book — “solely for the money,” he says — about Duran Duran.






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Children’s Books: ‘The Glass Sentence,’ by S. E. Grove

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:24
A teenage girl searches for her kidnapped uncle in a world where time and geography have been shuffled.






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Children’s Books: ‘This One Summer,’ by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:23
In a comfortingly familiar vacation community, a girl is now mature enough to understand what’s been kept from her before.






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