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The Shortlist: ‘We Could Not Fail,’ and More

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:00
New books include “We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.”
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Author’s Note: Romanticizing the Reader

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:42
Diane Ackerman says that readers and writers provide a kind of outside family for one another.
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‘I Refuse,’ by Per Petterson

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:22
Per Petterson’s new novel is about lost parents and the unexpectedly divergent paths of childhood friends who meet again as adults.
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‘Lurid & Cute,’ by Adam Thirlwell

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:15
A loafer lapses into a hedonistic, drug-hazed life.
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ArtsBeat: Reese Witherspoon Will Be the Voice of Harper Lee’s Second Novel

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:15
The actress Reese Witherspoon has signed on to narrate the audiobook for Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”






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Letters: Traumatic Terrain

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:47
Readers respond to recent reviews of Ann Packer’s “The Children’s Crusade,” Paul A. Offit’s “Bad Faith” and more.
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Karl Ove ­Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle: Book 4’

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 08:53
Jeffrey Eugenides reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle: Book 4,” which centers on the author’s yearlong stint as a sexually frustrated young teacher in northern Norway.






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Olen Steinhauer: By the Book

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 08:00
The author, most recently, of “All the Old Knives” says the best espionage stories “not only ask questions about how spying is performed, but they also question the value of the job itself.”
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ArtsBeat: Star-Studded Book Tour Planned for Judy Blume’s Latest

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:35
Ms. Blume will cross the country to promote her new book for adults, “In the Unlikely Event.”






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ArtsBeat: Baryshnikov to Perform in a Show Based on Brodsky’s Poetry

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:42
The show will not use dance, Mr. Baryshnikov said, but will incorporate body language along with selected poems by Joseph Brodsky.






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‘Mr. West,’ Sarah Blake’s Poems About Kanye West

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 04:30
A “lyric biography” traces the career and influence of Kanye West.






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Wislawa Szymborska’s ‘Map: Collected and Last Poems’

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 04:30
This Nobel Prize-winning poet was interested in everything here on earth.






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‘The Do-Over,’ by Kathleen Ossip

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 04:30
In a wide-ranging collection, sonnets, acrostics and prose poems explore mortality and loss.






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ArtsBeat: New $200,000 Carnegie Fellowships to Aid Researchers in Humanities and Social Science

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:05
The award, to be given annually, supports a year or two of full-time research and writing.






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‘Michelle Obama: A Life,’ by Peter Slevin

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:34
Michelle Robinson Obama, an Ivy League-educated lawyer, has deep roots in the city of her birth.






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Bookends: What Do You Read While You Write?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 08:00
Zoë Heller and Anna Holmes discuss their reading habits while working.






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‘The Light of the World,’ by Elizabeth Alexander

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 04:30
Alexander’s memoir — part elegy, part scrapbook — reflects on the sudden death of her husband.






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‘The Road to Character,’ by David Brooks

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 04:30
David Brooks contrasts marketplace skills and the drive toward self-promotion with inner character.






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ArtsBeat: Library of Congress Begins Posting Its Recorded Poetry Archive

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:30
Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop and Gwendolyn Brooks are among those who can be heard online.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Kate Bolick’s ‘Spinster’

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:25
Ms. Bolick discusses “Spinster,” and Jon Ronson talks about “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.”






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