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‘Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn,’ by Amanda Gefter

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 12:35
A quest by the author and her father to discover the meaning of nothing leads them to the study of cosmology.
    





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‘Not I,’ by Joachim Fest

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:46
A memoir of the author’s father, a Prussian conservative who nonetheless opposed Hitler.
    





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‘Once You Break a Knuckle,’ by D. W. Wilson

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:43
These stories center on a gritty corner of British Columbia.
    





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‘The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress,’ by Ariel Lawhon

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:42
A novel based on a notorious 1930 disappearance.
    





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Alice Hoffman’s ‘Museum of Extraordinary Things’

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:34
In Alice Hoffman’s novel, the mysterious apparition in the Hudson River is really a mermaid from a Coney Island sideshow.
    





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Crime: Denise Mina’s ‘Red Road,’ and More

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:33
Denise Mina’s “Red Road” opens in 1997 with a shocking double murder in a seedy section of Glasgow.
    





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‘Operation Paperclip,’ by Annie Jacobsen

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:33
How Nazi scientists went to work for the United States.
    





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‘Bury This,’ by Andrea Portes

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:32
Film students investigate a cold case.
    





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‘Prayers for the Stolen,’ by Jennifer Clement

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:32
A Mexican village lives in the shadow of the drug war in Jennifer Clement’s novel.
    





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‘Dust,’ by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:31
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s novel explores a land’s, and a family’s, violent past.
    





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‘The Fishing Fleet,’ by Anne de Courcy

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:30
Women sent to marry British soldiers and civil servants in the Raj helped create an ersatz England.
    





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‘Chance,’ by Kem Nunn

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:30
In Kem Nunn’s novel, a San Francisco psychiatrist becomes involved with an alluring patient.
    





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‘Strange Bodies,’ by Marcel Theroux

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:30
A Silicon Valley mogul and his Russian allies exploit the darkest secrets of Soviet technology in Marcel Theroux’s thriller.
    





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Inside the List

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:29
Jennifer Senior, whose “All Joy and No Fun” is No. 16 on the hardcover nonfiction list, says authors, like parents, are “presumed to be competent” at something they “know essentially nothing about.”
    





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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:29
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
    





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Paperback Row

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:23
Paperback books of particular interest.
    





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The Shortlist: Dorothy Gallagher’s ‘Lillian Hellman: An Imperious Life,’ and More

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:14
New books by Dorothy Gallagher, Stieg Larsson and Alexander Cockburn.
    





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Open Book: The Vegetable System

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:11
Shelley, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Franz Kafka are among the authors who have made the case for vegetarianism.
    





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Letters: ‘The Sixth Extinction,’ and More

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:11
Readers respond to reviews of Elizabeth Kolbert’s “Sixth Extinction,” Shai Held’s “Abraham Joshua Heschel” and more.
    





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‘Boy, Snow, Bird,’ by Helen Oyeyemi

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 18:16
In “Boy, Snow, Bird,” Helen Oyeyemi uses “Snow White” as a departure point for a cautionary tale on post-race ideology, racial limbos and the politics of passing.
    





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