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Bookends: What’s the Best Book About Work?

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:46
Alice Gregory and Rivka Galchen discuss the best literature about work, in all senses of the word.









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Scott Shane’s ‘Objective Troy’

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 03:30
Barack Obama, Anwar al-Awlaki and the dilemmas posed by America’s use of a contentious weapon.









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Lauren Groff’s ‘Fates and Furies’

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 03:30
Groff’s new novel about a long-term relationship is a tale told twice, first from the husband’s perspective, then the wife’s.









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Mindy Kaling: By the Book

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 17:00
The actress, producer and author, most recently, of “Why Not Me?” secretly read in bed as a child. “My parents encouraged reading, but they didn’t anticipate me reading Michael Crichton’s ‘Sphere’ until 2 a.m. on a school night.”









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ArtsBeat: National Humanities Medal Winners Include Larry McMurtry and Alice Waters

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 12:33
The National Humanities Medal will be bestowed by President Obama at a White House ceremony on Thursday.









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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Bill Clegg’s Debut Novel

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 11:27
Mr. Clegg talks about “Did You Ever Have a Family,” and Kathryn J. Edin discusses “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.”









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Paperback Row

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 10:36
Paperback books of particular interest.









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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 09:04
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Inside the List

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:36
Louise Penny, whose novel “The Nature of the Beast” is No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list, once said: “I know that if I’m not in the top five on the Times best-seller list, I’m going to feel like a failure.”









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‘You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine,’ by Alexandra Kleeman

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:36
Characters in this debut novel relate to media more than people.









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‘Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel,’ by Anthony Horowitz

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:36
The ultimate spy returns to the 1950s, but he’s much more P.C.









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‘The Making of Asian America,’ by Erika Lee

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:36
A historian broadens the focus on the experience of the very diverse Asian-American community.









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‘The Wake,’ by Paul Kingsnorth

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:36
A novel about an Englishman undone by the Norman invasion is rendered in a devised Anglo-Saxon “shadow tongue.”









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‘A Clue to the Exit,’ by Edward St. Aubyn

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:36
Three passengers discuss life’s meaning in a novel within Edward St. Aubyn’s novel about a dying screenwriter.









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Open Book: Inside the Walls

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:35
Danny Lyon’s “Conversations With the Dead” is a book of photographs taken inside six Texas prisons in the late 1960s.









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The Shortlist: Prose on Poetry

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:35
New books include Helen Vendler’s “The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar.”









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Ann Beattie’s ‘The State We’re In’

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 08:35
The characters in Ann Beattie’s new stories, set largely in Maine, feel that their lives are wasted.









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Crime: Drawing a Bead

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 17:26
Sue Grafton’s “X” is packed with eccentric characters who fall for the conversational wiles of the private eye Kinsey Millhone.









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Letters: Another Path to Peace

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:48
Readers respond to recent reviews of Padraig O’Malley’s “The Two-State Delusion,” David Orr’s “The Road Not Taken” and more.









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Jesse Eisenberg: By the Book

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:00
The actor and author, most recently, of the story collection “Bream Gives Me Hiccups” says Uta Hagen offers some excellent stage advice: “If you have to act stoned, imagine a helium balloon inflating inside your skull.”









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