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Author’s Note: A Thankless Task

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:10
Acknowledgments give up fantastic clues about writers.
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‘Khirbet Khizeh,’ by S. Yizhar

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:37
In this novel, an Israeli soldier wrestles with his conscience as Palestinians are driven from their homes.
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Helen Macdonald’s ‘H Is for Hawk’

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:00
In “H Is for Hawk,” Helen Macdonald recounts her efforts to train a notoriously difficult bird of prey in the wake of her beloved father’s sudden death.

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By the Book: Richard Price: By the Book

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:42
The author of “Clockers” and, as Harry Brandt, “The Whites” regrets reading “Sophie’s Choice” in 1982: “Never ever read a powerful novel when you’re trying to write a novel of your own.”

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ArtsBeat: A Return to Slumberland and a Psychedelic Rediscovery

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:05
“Black Light” examines the world of L.B. Cole, and “Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream” pays tribute to Winsor McCay.

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ArtsBeat: Pharrell Williams, Children’s Book Author

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 14:08
Pharrell Williams will create four books for children, with the first based on his hit song “Happy.”

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ArtsBeat: New Dr. Seuss Book, ‘What Pet Should I Get?’, Coming in July

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:23
Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss’s widow, discovered the manuscript for “What Pet Should I Get?” in 2013. Random House plans to release at least two more books.

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Children’s Books: ‘Macbeth,’ Adapted by Gareth Hinds

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:00
A graphic novel version of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” brings the story to life for young readers.

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ArtsBeat: A Book Prize for Wonder Woman

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 19:00
“The Secret History of Wonder Woman,” by Jill Lepore, is awarded the New-York Historical Society’s American History Book Prize.

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ArtsBeat: Princeton Gets a $300 Million Trove of Rare Books

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 13:51
The collection, given by William H. Scheide, includes a Gutenberg Bible, an original printing of the Declaration of Independence, all four of Shakespeare’s Folios and more.

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ArtsBeat: British Library Expanding Its Endangered Archives Online

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 13:45
The library has now made available online four million digital images from its collection of rare manuscripts, newspapers and other materials.

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Bookends: Does Fiction Have the Power to Sway Politics?

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:46
Mohsin Hamid and Francine Prose debate literature’s influence on politics.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The War on Drugs

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 13:55
Seth Mnookin discusses Johann Hari’s “Chasing the Scream,” and Ben Yagoda talks about “The B Side.”

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‘Once Upon a Revolution,’ by Thanassis Cambanis

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:50
A journalist investigates the Tahrir Square revolution and the reasons for its disappointing aftermath.
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‘A Spool of Blue Thread,’ by Anne Tyler

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:49
The characters in Anne Tyler’s novel, four generations of them, are drawn to a commodious house in suburban Baltimore.
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Open Book: Flipping Through Film School

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:23
Matt Zoller Seitz described his new book about Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” as “film school in book form.”
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The Shortlist: Roger Rosenblatt’s ‘Book of Love’ and More

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:23
New books by Roger Rosenblatt, Eve Pell and Tim Dowling.
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‘Bonita Avenue,’ by Peter Buwalda

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:23
Lies and madness slowly tear a family apart in this first novel.
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‘The Jaguar’s Children,’ by John Vaillant

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:23
Abandoned by their smugglers, a group of Mexican immigrants are left trapped and clinging to life in John Vaillant’s novel.
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Kelly Link’s ‘Get in Trouble’

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:23
The stories in this collection are not realistic, but neither are they fantasy; they focus on the small stuff of life.
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