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‘We Are Not Ourselves,’ by Matthew Thomas

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:48
This first novel probes the lives of three generations of an Irish-American family in the 20th century.






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Open Book: Getting to the Heart of Things

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:48
Matthew Thomas, who earned two master’s degrees in writing, says the workshop environment “serves its purpose and then you have to move on.”






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The Shortlist: Terrence Holt’s ‘Internal Medicine,’ and More

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:47
New books by Terrence Holt, Judy Melinek and T. J. Mitchell, and Paul A. Marks and James Sterngold.






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Letters: Poor Little Lambs

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:47
Readers respond to a recent review of William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep” and more.






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James Ellroy’s ‘Perfidia’

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:19
Police officers and criminals are hard to tell apart in James Ellroy’s novel of 1940s Los Angeles.






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‘The Dog,’ by Joseph O’Neill

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:18
Joseph O’Neill’s “The Dog” is about a lost and tormented New York lawyer working in Dubai for a family of Lebanese billionaires.






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Ken Follett: By the Book

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:00
The author of “The Pillars of the Earth” and, most recently, “Edge of Eternity” can’t stand whimsical fantasy: “If there are no rules, and anything can happen, then where’s the suspense? I hate elves.”






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‘The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy’

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:50
Letters between Christopher Isherwood and his partner, Don Bachardy, mock the world’s ridiculous spectacle.






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Bookends: Should Literature Be Considered Useful?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:00
Adam Kirsch and Dana Stevens discuss whether literature should be valued for its utility.






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Inside the List

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:50
Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican whose first book, “The Way Forward,” is No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list, has opened up about his father’s alcoholism and early death.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:49
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:49
Paperback books of particular interest.






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‘The City Under the Skin’ by Geoff Nicholson

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:48
In a nameless city, women are abducted, tattooed with crude maps and released.






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Robert Timberg’s ‘Blue-Eyed Boy’

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:48
Robert Timberg traces his personal journey from disfigured Vietnam veteran to author and journalist.






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‘The Birth of Korean Cool,’ by Euny Hong

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:48
Cultural influence has kept pace with South Korea’s growth.






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‘The Shadow Hero,’ by Gene Luen Yang

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:47
A tribute to an Asian superhero from the 1940s.






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‘The Invention of Exile,’ by Vanessa Manko

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:47
A Russian immigrant, deported from the United States, attempts to reunite with his family.






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Alessandro Baricco’s ‘Mr. Gwyn and Three Times at Dawn’

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:46
A celebrated British author embarks on a strange new career in these linked novellas by Alessandro Baricco.






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Richard Flanagan’s ‘Narrow Road to the Deep North’

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:45
A frail humanity survives the unspeakable in Richard Flanagan’s novel of the Burma-Thailand Railway.






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‘Home Leave,’ by Brittani Sonnenberg

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:45
A restless executive subjects his family to an itinerant existence on three continents.






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