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‘The Anchoress,’ by Robyn Cadwallader

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 08:43
A teenager in medieval England becomes a religious hermit.







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Bookends: How Would ‘Ulysses’ Be Received Today?

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 07:00
When James Joyce’s novel was first published in 1922, it was banned for obscenity and the U.S. Postal Service burned copies.







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‘Saint Mazie,’ by Jami Attenberg

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:30
Jami Attenberg’s novel, inspired by a 1940 New Yorker profile, centers on a bawdy, bighearted woman in Depression-era New York.







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‘The Love Object,’ by Edna O’Brien

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:30
Edna O’Brien’s tales trace a nation gripped by tradition and change.







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ArtsBeat: Jack Livings Wins PEN Prize for Debut Fiction

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 19:19
Mr. Livings won for “The Dog,” a collection of short stories set in China.







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Judd Apatow: By the Book

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:08
The screenwriter, director and author of “Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy,” owns a lot of books. “I have actually convinced myself that buying books is the same as reading.”







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‘The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland’

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 09:45
A look at three very different lives: Lewis Carroll’s, Alice Liddell’s and that of the literary creation they both had a part in.







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‘The Meursault Investigation,’ by Kamel Daoud

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 04:30
Daoud’s inventive novel looks at Albert Camus’s “The Stranger” with new eyes.







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‘The Architect’s Apprentice,’ by Elif Shafak

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 04:30
An elephant trainer becomes an apprentice to the Ottoman Empire’s chief architect.







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‘The Sunken Cathedral,’ by Kate Walbert

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 04:30
Threats, real and imagined, loom in the lives of restive New Yorkers.







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ArtsBeat: Up for Auction: Lucian Freud’s Letters to a Poet

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 15:03
As a teenager, Lucian Freud wrote colorful, affectionate letters to the poet Stephen Spender.







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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Reagan: The Life’

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 18:13
Jeff Shesol talks about H. W. Brands’s new biography of Ronald Reagan, and Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs talks about her new biography of Jonas Salk.







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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:29
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.







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Paperback Row

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:21
Paperback books of particular interest.







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The Shortlist: Families in Fiction

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:12
New books by Jane Smiley, Mary Morris, Karel Schoeman and Polly Samson.







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Inside the List

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:57
Chuck Palahniuk, whose “Make Something Up” is No. 8 on the hardcover fiction list, is also promoting his first graphic novel, a sequel to his 1996 novel “Fight Club.”







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Crime: Robert Goddard’s ‘The Ways of the World,’ and More

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:54
The dashing protagonist of Goddard’s historical espionage thriller is a refreshing throwback to an earlier romantic tradition of heroes.







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‘Orhan’s Inheritance,’ by Aline Ohanesian

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:53
A Turkish photographer must confront the past when his grandfather leaves the family home to an Armenian woman.







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‘Coup de Foudre,’ by Ken Kalfus

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:53
This novella is a thinly — or not so thinly — veiled account of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair.







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‘The Given World,’ by Marian Palaia

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:51
Lives in the U.S. are turned upside down by the Vietnam War in this debut novel.







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