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‘Indonesia Etc.,’ by Elizabeth Pisani

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:33
Elizabeth Pisani trekked 26,000 miles around the Indonesian archipelago, searching for what binds this disparate nation.






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‘Ecstatic Cahoots’ and ‘Paper Lantern,’ by Stuart Dybek

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:33
Fifty-nine short stories about love and other passionate longings, tinged with surreal potential, by Stuart Dybek, a master of the form.






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Crime: Yannick Murphy’s ‘This Is the Water,’ and More

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:33
In Yannick Murphy’s thriller “This Is the Water,” the mother of two girls on a competitive swim team is having an affair with her friend’s husband.






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Philip Eade’s ‘Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters’

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:11
An Englishwoman made a career of her marriage to the “white rajah” of a jungle protectorate in northern Borneo.






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‘The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,’ by Tom Rachman

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:11
The perplexed heroine of Tom Rachman’s novel explores New York City and travels the world.






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‘The Magician’s Land,’ by Lev Grossman

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:11
An exiled magician tries a risky heist in Lev Grossman’s novel, the final installment of a trilogy.






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‘Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire,’ by Paul Sorrentino

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:11
The poet and novelist Stephen Crane “raced through his life,” documenting war and poverty until his death at 28.






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‘The Stories,’ by Jane Gardam

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:09
In many of Jane Gardam’s stories, a figure from the past suddenly looms.






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‘Reagan at Reykjavik,’ by Ken Adelman

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:08
In 1986, the U.S.-Soviet meeting in Reykjavik seemed anything but a Cold War breakthrough.






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Inside the List

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:49
With the debut of Daniel Halper’s “Clinton, Inc.” at No. 10, there are now three volumes related to Bill and Hillary Clinton on the hardcover nonfiction list.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:49
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:49
Paperback books of particular interest.






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Letters: Contemporary Poetry

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:47
Readers respond to recent essays and reviews about new poetry books.






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The Shortlist: Jordan Ellenberg’s ‘How Not to Be Wrong,’ and More

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:47
New books by Jordan Ellenberg, David J. Hand, Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter, Amir Alexander, and Alex Bellos.






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‘The Invisible Bridge,’ by Rick Perlstein

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:07
“The Invisible Bridge,” Rick Perlstein’s panoramic third volume about the rise of the modern conservative movement in America, covers the span of 1973 to 1976.






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‘J. D. Salinger: The Escape Artist,’ by Thomas Beller

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:05
Thomas Beller views J. D. Salinger as a New York writer.






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‘Beethoven,’ by Jan Swafford

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:05
This biography of Beethoven is also a personal journey through his music and the Enlightenment-era ferment that shaped it.






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Open Book: Writing His Own Tune

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:05
The pianist Jeremy Denk is at work on a book, a mix of memoir and thoughts about music tentatively titled “Every Good Boy Does Fine.”






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Amy Bloom: By the Book

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:00
The author, most recently, of “Lucky Us” would like to invite Sappho, George Bernard Shaw and James Baldwin over for a literary dinner. “It’s not clear to me that everyone will get along.”






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The New York Times Book Review: Back Issues

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:48
Complete contents of the Book Review since 1997.






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