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‘Lives in Ruins,’ by Marilyn Johnson

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
Exploring the world of archaeology, with tips for making ancient alcoholic drinks and fashioning a butcher blade from obsidian.






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‘Tell,’ by Frances Itani

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
Two couples are left rudderless in the aftermath of World War I in Frances Itani’s novel.






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‘Cowardice: A Brief History,’ by Chris Walsh

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
A study of cowardice, and of how it’s been understood and misunderstood through history.






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‘My Life as a Foreign Country,’ by Brian Turner

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
A poet and Army veteran presents vignettes that draw on his family history and his deployments, especially in Iraq.






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‘It Will End With Us,’ by Sam Savage

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
Sam Savage’s novel of a South Carolina family in decline is constructed from a daughter’s scattered memories.






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‘American Queen,’ by John Oller

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
A biography of the socialite Kate Chase Sprague, daughter of a cabinet minister, wife of a governor, mistress of a senator.






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‘All Eyes Are Upon Us,’ by Jason Sokol

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
Northerners applauded individual high-achieving African-Americans but opposed collective civil rights agendas.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Critic’s Take: Please Look After This Bear

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
The stories of Paddington’s adventures bounce along with a Wodehousian lightness and consistency.






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‘My Heart Is a Drunken Compass,’ by Domingo Martinez

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
The author heads for a breakdown as his world implodes.






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‘Vanessa and Her Sister,’ by Priya Parmar

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:12
A novel of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf includes invented letters and diary entries.






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The Shortlist: Elmore Leonard Novels From Library of America and More

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:56
New books include four Elmore Leonard novels from the Library of America, a collection of Donald Westlake’s nonfiction and more.






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ArtsBeat: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Publish a Novel About Sherlock Holmes’s Brother Mycroft

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:12
Mr. Abdul-Jabbar will release his first novel this fall: “Mycroft Holmes,” starring Sherlock Holmes’ brainy older brother.






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ArtsBeat: Yale Library Acquires Paula Vogel Archive

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:17
Ms. Vogel’s archive will join those of other playwrights, including Eugene O’Neill and Thornton Wilder, in the Yale Collection of American Literature.






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ArtsBeat: How to Design an Indian Classic

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:49
Up close with the color and the type for Harvard University Press’s Murty Classical Library of India.






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Essay: Among the Disrupted

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:27
Leon Wieseltier on the state of culture in the digital age.






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‘America’s Bitter Pill,’ by Steven Brill

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:48
Zephyr Teachout reviews Steven Brill’s new book, a guide to the maze of issues in American health care and health care reform.






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Rachel Cusk’s ‘Outline’

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:00
The British memoirist and novelist Rachel Cusk “skews the boundary between autobiography and fiction.”






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By the Book: Miranda July: By the Book

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 09:30
The director, screenwriter, actor, artist and author, most recently, of “The First Bad Man,” can’t stand Garfield. “That dumb man and his dumb, mean cat have gotten more of our attention than they deserve.”






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Bookends: Why Do We Hate Cliché?

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:00
Rivka Galchen and Leslie Jamison discuss why we react so strongly against clichés.






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