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‘Circus Mirandus’ and ‘Return to Augie Hobble’

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:44
Children witness fantastical events at a theme park and a mysterious carnival in two middle-grade novels.







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Children’s Books: Dahlov Ipcar’s ‘Black and White,’ and More

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:44
In four picture books, the evening gives rise to dreams and the urge to explore shadowy worlds.







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Crime | : Lori Roy’s ‘Let Me Die in His Footsteps,’ and More

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:44
Ms. Roy’s new novel is a Depression-era Southern Gothic story set in a Kentucky farming town.







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‘All Involved,’ by Ryan Gattis

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:44
Old rivalries surface amid the 1992 Los Angeles riots.







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‘In the Country,’ by Mia Alvar

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:44
Nine stories give voice to the people of the Filipino diaspora.







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‘Keep It Fake,’ by Eric G. Wilson

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:44
We can’t help being just a bit phony, Eric G. Wilson argues, but maybe that isn’t so bad.







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‘The Ghost Network,’ by Catie Disabato

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:44
The hunt for a missing pop star takes a philosophical turn.







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Inside the List

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:43
Ali Wentworth, whose essay collection “Happily Ali After” is No. 13 on the hardcover nonfiction list, once said: “I was born funny. I think it’s instinctual. I don’t think you can be taught.”







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‘The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty,’ by Vendela Vida

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:43
Robbed of her money and passport in Morocco, an American woman feels free to be anyone she chooses.







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The Shortlist: Parents, Remembered

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:43
New books by George Hodgman, Bob Morris and Jonathan Kozol.







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Open Book: Romancing Authors

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:47
Jonathan Galassi talks about his first novel, “Muse,” which is set in the world of New York publishing.







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Candace Bushnell: By the Book

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
The author of “Sex and the City” and, most recently, “Killing Monica” went through an early Nietzsche and Camus phase: “For some reason, nihilism felt like the right sort of mentality for an 18- to 21-year-old.”







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‘The Festival of Insignificance,’ by Milan Kundera

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:30
Five friends in Paris stave off the seriousness of life in Milan Kundera’s latest novel.







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ArtsBeat: Reading About Racial Boundaries

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:10
Passing is a longstanding theme in American fiction and the subject of several riveting nonfiction books.







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ArtsBeat: Philip Larkin to Get a Memorial Stone in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 13:24
The British poet Philip Larkin, who died in 1985, will be honored at Westminster Abbey next year.







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ArtsBeat: MGM Buys Rights to ‘Primates of Park Avenue’

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 15:28
The book about Upper East Side wives was the subject of interest from several studios.







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Bookends: Is Self-Loathing a Requirement for Writers?

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
Thomas Mallon and Anna Holmes discuss the role of self-hatred in creativity.







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Jonathan Galassi’s ‘Muse’

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 04:30
Jonathan Galassi’s novel of the world of literary publishing revolves around a rock-star poet.







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Vivian Gornick’s ‘The Odd Woman and the City’

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 00:33
Vivian Gornick’s memoir looks at the writer’s quotidian life and quirky encounters in New York.







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‘Why Grow Up?’ by Susan Neiman

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:34
In her new book, the philosopher Susan Neiman takes on the predicament of maturity in an “infantile age” that dates back to the 18th century.







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