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Jeff Bartsch’s ‘Two Across’

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:54
A crossword creator and con man eludes the woman who loves him, until he realizes his error.









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‘Brief Loves That Live Forever’ and ‘A Woman Loved,’ by Andrei Makine

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:53
Two novels set in Soviet Russia exalt everyday joys and imagine Catherine the Great’s yearnings.









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‘The Marriage of Opposites,’ by Alice Hoffman

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:52
A novel inspired by the painter Camille Pissarro’s parents.









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‘The Pope’s Daughter,’ by Dario Fo

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:52
In his first novel, the playwright Dario Fo depicts a Lucrezia Borgia who belies the rumors.









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‘Make Your Home Among Strangers,’ by Jennine Capó Crucet

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:50
A homecoming coincides with a Cuban boy’s rescue at sea.









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The Shortlist: The 19th Century in Fiction

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:49
New books by Jeffrey Lent, Clifford Jackman, Shannon Burke, Tom LeClair and Cormac James.









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‘Eileen,’ by Ottessa Moshfegh

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:47
In this debut novel, a crime sets a woman’s life on an entirely new course.









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Adam Johnson’s ‘Fortune Smiles’

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:06
A collection of gleefully bleak stories from the author of ‘The Orphan Master’s Son.’









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Letters: ‘The Conservative Heart’

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:22
Readers respond to recent reviews of Arthur C. Brooks’s “The Conservative Heart,” Shirley Jackson’s “Let Me Tell You” and more.









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Open Book: Reaching Back

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:14
Vu Tran is one of a number of writers in his generation with Vietnamese roots who have recently met with literary success.









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‘A Manual for Cleaning Women,’ by Lucia Berlin

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:33
Lucia Berlin’s unadorned stories feature hard-pressed women and figures on the fringe.









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Haruki Murakami’s ‘Wind/Pinball’

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:31
Two novels reveal Haruki Murakami’s early interest in pop culture and slippery temporal realms.









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Bookends: Why Do We Always Proclaim That the Novel Is Dead?

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:00
Liesl Schillinger and Benjamin Moser talk about why the novel’s demise so regularly looms.









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‘The Hairdresser of Harare,’ by Tendai Huchu

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:00
The trials of daily life in Zimbabwe.









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‘In the Language of Miracles,’ by Rajia Hassib

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:00
An Egyptian immigrant family struggles in their suburban community after their son kills a neighbor’s daughter.









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Ivan Doig’s ‘Last Bus to Wisdom’

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:37
A plucky 11-year-old hits the road in Ivan Doig’s final novel.









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Vu Tran’s ‘Dragonfish’

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:29
A cop searches for his ex-wife, a haunted Vietnamese immigrant, in the city’s sleazy depths.









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Ta-Nehisi Coates: By the Book

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:49
The author, most recently, of “Between the World and Me” is a fan of the late E.L. Doctorow. “‘The Waterworks” is one of the most thrilling books I’ve ever read. And I still believe in that, you know? That stories should sometimes thrill people.”









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Hugh Thomas’s ‘World Without End: Spain, Philip II, and the First Global Empire’

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 18:49
King Philip II extends and consolidates his empire in the final volume of a trilogy that began with Columbus.









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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Katrina: After the Flood’

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 11:28
Gary Rivlin discusses “Katrina: After the Flood,” and Joe Domanick talks about “Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing.”









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