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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
    





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‘Thermonuclear Monarchy,’ by Elaine Scarry

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
The ability of one leader to deploy a nuclear weapon is inherently undemocratic, a social theorist argues.
    





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‘The Bombers and the Bombed,’ by Richard Overy

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
An exploration of the Allied bombing of civilian areas during World War II examines those in the air and those on the ground.
    





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Brigid Pasulka’s ‘Sun and Other Stars’

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
A grieving Italian man discovers the redemptive power of soccer.
    





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‘Stokely: A Life,’ by Peniel E. Joseph

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
A biography of the civil rights firebrand Stokely Carmichael.
    





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‘The Cairo Affair,’ by Olen Steinhauer

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
After a diplomat is assassinated in Budapest, his wife steps into the world of espionage to search for the killer.
    





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Donal Ryan’s ‘Spinning Heart’

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
Many voices build a picture of malaise in rural Ireland.
    





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‘Silence Once Begun,’ by Jesse Ball

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
This novel’s criminal defendant won’t speak for himself.
    





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Paperback Row

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
Paperback books of particular interest.
    





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Molly Antopol’s ‘UnAmericans’

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00
Young or old, the characters in Molly Antopol’s story collection know the pain of estrangement.
    





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Inside the List

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 07:55
Patricia Briggs, whose fantasy novel “Night Broken” is new at No. 2 on the hardcover fiction list, has received praise for her treatment of rape and its aftermath in her Mercy Thompson series.
    





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Harlan Coben: By the Book

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 08:00
The author of “Missing You” and “Tell No One” says most of his classmates probably remember him “more for the basketball I was dribbling than the book I may have been carrying.”
    





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‘Wooden,’ by Seth Davis

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:40
A biography of the coach who led U.C.L.A. to the pinnacle of men’s college basketball.
    





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‘Smarter,’ by Dan Hurley

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:13
A journalist explores the possibility that cognitive exercises improve working memory and problem solving.
    





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‘All Our Names,’ by Dinaw Mengestu

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:33
Dinaw Mengestu’s “All Our Names” follows the relationship between a foreign exchange student from Ethiopia and the Midwestern social worker assigned to help him.
    





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Letters: ‘Peyton Place’ Revisited

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:55
Readers react to recent essays about “Peyton Place,” reviews of Fred D’Aguiar’s “Children of Paradise” and Barry Miles’s “Call Me Burroughs,” and more.
    





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Bookends: How Would a Book Like Harold Bloom’s ‘Western Canon’ Be Received Today?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 08:34
Twenty years after the publication of “The Western Canon,” Pankaj Mishra and Daniel Mendelsohn discuss how we would react to such a book in 2014.
    





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ArtsBeat: J. K. Rowling Publishes First Part of ‘History of the Quidditch World Cup’

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:23
The author of the “Harry Potter” series posted the first part of a history of the imaginary game to her fan site, pottermore.com.
    





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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:26
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
    





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Paperback Row

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:23
Paperback books of particular interest.
    





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