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David Baldacci: By the Book

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:00
The author, most recently, of “The Escape” was a library rat growing up: “Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas.”
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‘Limonov,’ by Emmanuel Carrère

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:40
After a career as a poet, butler and media celebrity, Eduard Limonov helped organize a group of nationalist thugs.
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‘The Georgetown Set,’ by Gregg Herken

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:39
In the 1950s and ’60s, administration officials, journalists and spies encountered one another in Washington’s Georgetown.
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Literary Landscapes: To Russia, With Tough Love

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:11
Masha Gessen recounts the literary history of Moscow and describes why she’s become disillusioned with the city of her birth.






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Bookends: What Makes the Russian Literature of the 19th Century So Distinctive?

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:00
Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser discuss the great Russian writers and their approach to the human heart and soul.






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ArtsBeat: Neal Cassady’s Famous Lost Letter to Jack Kerouac to Be Auctioned

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:28
A 16,000-word letter that inspired Kerouac to rewrite “On the Road” has been found, and will be sold at auction in December.






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ArtsBeat: A 19th-Century-Style ‘Christmas Carol’ on the Upper East Side

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:52
A new performance of the Dickens Christmas classic recreates a 19th-century-style salon performance.






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‘Embattled Rebel,’ by James M. McPherson

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:36
James M. McPherson reconsiders Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president and military commander.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Deep Down Dark’

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 21:02
Héctor Tobar discusses “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.”






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ArtsBeat: Daniel Handler Apologizes Over ‘Racist’ Comment at National Book Awards

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:46
The author, who hosted the awards ceremony Wednesday night, apologized profusely for what he described as a racist comment.






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Critic's Take: The End of Biography

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
How can thousand-page biographies continue to compete for the attention of readers?
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‘The Republic of Imagination,’ by Azar Nafisi

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
Azar Nafisi uses three classic novels as a window on American society.
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Stephen King’s ‘Revival’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
Two men are locked in a battle of wills in Stephen King’s novel of fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life.
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‘All My Puny Sorrows,’ by Miriam Toews

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
In Miriam Toews’s novel, a writer travels to a Winnipeg hospital to spend time with her sister, who has attempted suicide.
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Nuruddin Farah’s ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
The terrorist killing of a Somali U.N. official brings strife to his family in Nuruddin Farah’s novel.
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‘Something Rich and Strange,’ by Ron Rash

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.
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‘A Chosen Exile,’ by Allyson Hobbs

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.
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Children's Audiobooks: ‘The Port Chicago 50’ and ‘The Family Romanov’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.
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‘The Chain,’ by Ted Genoways

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
In the tradition of “The Jungle,” a journalist investigates the hidden costs — animal, human, environmental — of cheap meat.
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Children's Audiobooks: Jason Segel Reads ‘Nightmares!’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09
Twelve-year-old Charlie must confront his own fears to save his brother from the netherworld.
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