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‘Ordinary Light: A Memoir,’ by Tracy K. Smith

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 04:30
A memoir of race, faith and a mother’s devotion, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith.






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Jon Krakauer’s ‘Missoula,’ About Rape in a College Town

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 04:30
Jon Krakauer describes cases of acquaintance rape at the University of Montana.






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ArtsBeat: A New Anthology Will Pay Tribute to ‘Peanuts’ and Charles Schulz

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 13:59
A 112-page hardcover by a team of contributors will include new comic strips and short stories, pinups and recollections of the influence of Snoopy and of Schulz.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘One of Us’

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 09:40
Eric Schlosser discusses Asne Seierstad’s “One of Us,” and Meghan O’Rourke talks about Elizabeth Alexander’s “The Light of the World.”






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‘The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964,’ by Zachary Leader

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 04:30
The first volume of Zachary Leader’s biography of Saul Bellow ends in 1964, with the publication of “Herzog.”
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‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,’ Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 04:30
Martin Amis reviews a new collection of Saul Bellow’s nonfiction, including criticism, interviews and speeches.
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‘Infamy’ and ‘The Train to Crystal City’

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 07:22
Two books about the internment of Japanese- (and sometimes German-) Americans during World War II.






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ArtsBeat: Alabama Town Loses Rights to Produce Play of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:42
The Monroeville, Ala. museum that produces the theater adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel announced that it has lost licensing rights.






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Inside the List

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:30
Cokie Roberts’s “Capital Dames,” No. 10 on the hardcover nonfiction list, is about powerful women in Washington during the Civil War era.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:00
Paperback books of particular interest.
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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:00
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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Open Book: Sing, O Muse

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:27
If National Poetry Month is partly intended to encourage poetry’s engagement with contemporary culture, two young poets reviewed in this issue are doing their part.
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‘The Longest August,’ About India and Pakistan, by Dilip Hiro

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:27
Dilip Hiro probes the cultural and strategic differences underpinning the India-Pakistan conflict.
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‘The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me,’ by Sofka Zinovieff

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:12
In the 1930s and ’40s, a resplendent English estate was the home of a most unconventional family.
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The Shortlist: ‘We Could Not Fail,’ and More

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:00
New books include “We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.”
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Author’s Note: Romanticizing the Reader

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:42
Diane Ackerman says that readers and writers provide a kind of outside family for one another.
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‘I Refuse,’ by Per Petterson

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:22
Per Petterson’s new novel is about lost parents and the unexpectedly divergent paths of childhood friends who meet again as adults.
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‘Lurid & Cute,’ by Adam Thirlwell

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:15
A loafer lapses into a hedonistic, drug-hazed life.
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ArtsBeat: Reese Witherspoon Will Be the Voice of Harper Lee’s Second Novel

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:15
The actress Reese Witherspoon has signed on to narrate the audiobook for Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”






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Letters: Traumatic Terrain

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:47
Readers respond to recent reviews of Ann Packer’s “The Children’s Crusade,” Paul A. Offit’s “Bad Faith” and more.
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