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‘The Secret Rooms,’ by Catherine Bailey

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:16
An English aristocrat with vicious parents, a dead older brother and an enigmatic story.
    





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‘Undiluted Hocus-Pocus,’ by Martin Gardner

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:16
Martin Gardner immersed himself in philosophy, religion and literature, even as he made a career of his fascination with science.
    





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‘Unremarried Widow,’ by Artis Henderson

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:15
A military wife confronts the death of her husband.
    





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‘Promise Land,’ by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:15
A memoir examines the advice and improvement industry.
    





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‘The Time Regulation Institute,’ by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:15
A newly translated novel by a Turkish master satirizes his country’s 20th-century transformation.
    





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The Shortlist: Sudhir Venkatesh’s ‘Floating City,’ and More

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:14
New books by Sudhir Venkatesh, Anthony M. Townsend, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, and Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker.
    





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Paperback Row

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:14
Paperback books of particular interest.
    





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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:14
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
    





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Open Book: Richard Pryor, Thespian

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:13
The comedian didn’t think he could act, but others disagreed.
    





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‘Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him’

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:12
A search for the roots of Richard Pryor’s genius opens with a horrific incident.
    





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Letters: Norman Rockwell, New Yorker

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:39
Readers respond to a recent review of Deborah Solomon’s “American Mirror” and more.
    





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‘A Life of Barbara Stanwyck,’ by Victoria Wilson

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:29
A biography traces Barbara Stanwyck’s evolution from Brooklyn dancer to screen star.
    





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‘Little Failure,’ by Gary Shteyngart

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:29
A son’s story of moving from Leningrad to Queens with parents unburdened by any understanding of American life.
    





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‘On Such a Full Sea,’ by Chang-rae Lee

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:27
Chang-rae Lee’s new novel imagines a future after the breakdown of society.
    





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Russell Banks: By the Book

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:13
The author, most recently, of “A Permanent Member of the Family” steers clear of any book described as fantasy, “which to me says, ‘Don’t worry, Reader, Death will be absent here.’ ”
    





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ArtsBeat: Danielle Steel Awarded French Legion of Honor

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 16:25
The writer, who has sold some 600 million books worldwide and lives in San Francisco and Paris, was made a “chevalier” of the Legion of Honor.
    
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