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‘The Ballad of a Small Player,’ by Lawrence Osborne

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:04
A crooked lawyer on the run plays the tables in Macau and Hong Kong.

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The Shortlist: Wil S. Hylton’s ‘Vanished,’ and More

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:01
New books by Neil Swidey, Wil S. Hylton and Peter Stark.

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‘Can’t and Won’t,’ by Lydia Davis

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:58
Stories that investigate the strange, the mundane and the profound, with thoughts on Flaubert, housekeeping and roosters.

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Open Book: The Joads Turn 75

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:57
This month marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” one of the most decorated novels ever written by an American.

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‘Shotgun Lovesongs,’ by Nickolas Butler

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:14
Lifelong bonds are tested in a small Midwestern town in this first novel.

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Bookshelf: Newfound Friends

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:55
New picture books include “Stella’s Starliner,” by Rosemary Wells, about a little fox and her shiny Airstream trailer.

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‘The Rise’ and ‘The Up Side of Down’

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:22
Two new books present failure — personal and professional — as a quintessential part of success.

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Akhil Sharma’s ‘Family Life’

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:21
Akhil Sharma’s new novel, “Family Life,” charts the lives of a boy and his parents as they struggle with grief and a recent move from India to America.

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Letters: Among the Bombed

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:32
Readers respond to a review of Richard Overy’s “The Bombers and the Bombed,” an interview with Philip Roth and more.

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John Paul Stevens: By the Book

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:00
The former Supreme Court justice and author of, most recently, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution,” feels indebted to Norman Maclean, who taught him poetry at the University of Chicago.

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Open Book: The End of a Long Road

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:36
David Brion Davis’s “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation” completes a trilogy that he began writing in 1959.

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Bookends: What Were the First Books You Felt You ‘Should’ Read?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:15
Dana Stevens and Anna Holmes discuss the first books they felt obliged to read, and why.

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‘A Place in the Country,’ by W. G. Sebald

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:57
Six loosely linked essays from the author “whose only homeland was on the page.”

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‘Marshlands,’ by Matthew Olshan

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:41
This fablelike first novel is set on an alluvial plain much like the marshlands of southern Iraq.
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Amy Greene’s ‘Long Man’

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:41
A dam disrupts Appalachian lives in the 1930s.
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Teju Cole’s ‘Every Day Is for the Thief’

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:40
Teju Cole’s unnamed hero returns to Lagos, hoping to reconnect with the city of his youth.
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‘Overwhelmed,’ by Brigid Schulte

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:40
A journalist, wife and mother searches for answers to our headlong descent into multitasking madness.
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‘Qualifying Times,’ by Jaime Schultz

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:40
A study of trends that changed the boundaries for women athletes.
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‘The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,’ by David Brion Davis

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:39
The final volume of a trilogy centers on 19th-century abolitionism and the origins of the antislavery movement in America.
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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:31
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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