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Children’s Books: ‘The Darkest Part of the Forest’ and ‘The Ghosts of Heaven’

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:51
Humans and fairies, cave men and astronauts: Two fantasy books for young adults move across boundaries.






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Children’s Books: Jane Bahk’s ‘Juna’s Jar,’ and More

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:51
With some help, these little ones are bouncing back from letdowns to find the beauty (and fun) in the world around them.






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Tony Judt’s ‘When the Facts Change’

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:50
Written in the last 15 years of Tony Judt’s life, these essays confront the history, politics and ethical dilemmas that consumed him.






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Letters: Retelling Joan’s Story

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:49
Readers respond to recent reviews of Kathryn Harrison’s “Joan of Arc” and more.






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‘The First Bad Man,’ by Miranda July

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:39
A perverse houseguest shakes the world of the initially passive protagonist of Miranda July’s first novel.






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J. Robert Lennon’s ‘See You in Paradise’

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:38
In these stories, common domestic dysfunction segues into fantasy.






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The Shortlist: Harriet Lane’s ‘Her,’ and More

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:37
New books by Harriet Lane, Tim Johnston, Tina Seskis and Nina Darnton.






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‘The Secret Wisdom of the Earth,’ by Christopher Scotton

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:37
A Kentucky town is roiled by conflict over aggressive mining in this first novel.






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Bookshelf: Snow Days

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:34
New picture books include Peter McCarty’s “First Snow” and Deirdre Gill’s “Outside.”






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Crime: Rebecca Scherm’s ‘Unbecoming,’ and More

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:30
In Rebecca Scherm’s first novel, “Unbecoming,” an art student reinvents herself.






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Children’s Books: ‘I’m Glad I Did’ and ‘Scripted’

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:08
Two Y.A. novels consider the perks and the costs of celebrity and show business.






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Open Book: Houellebecq Provokes Again

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:10
Michel Houellebecq’s new novel imagines France in 2022, when a Muslim political party has won the presidency.






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‘A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe’

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:08
Irving Howe was one of the greatest critics of his generation, a perspicacious reader of difficult texts.






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ArtsBeat: A Promotion for Lydia Davis in French Order of Arts and Letters

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:50
The writer and translator Lydia Davis, already a chevalier in the French Order of Arts and Letters, is being named an officer in the order.






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By the Book: Alan Gilbert: By the Book

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 13:15
The conductor and music director of The New York Philharmonic says that after his cameo appearance on “30 Rock,” he read Tina Fey’s “Bossypants”: “It is brilliant, insightful and spot on in its crazy observations about life.”






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ArtsBeat: New David Mitchell Novel Coming in October

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:08
His seventh novel, “Slade House,” will be published Oct. 27 by Random House.






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Children’s Books: Roz Chast’s ‘Around the Clock!’

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:00
A new picture book from the cartoonist Roz Chast supplies a laugh for every hour of the day.
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ArtsBeat: Lorrie Moore Among Finalists for Story Prize

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 09:28
Ms. Moore, Francesca Marciano and Elizabeth McCracken will compete for the $20,000 prize.






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Bookends: Why Are We Obsessed With the Great American Novel?

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 09:00
Cheryl Strayed and Adam Kirsch try to get to the bottom of our long-running obsession with the Great American Novel.






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‘China 1945,’ by Richard Bernstein

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:47
With the defeat of Japan, the United States hoped to prevent civil war in China.






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