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‘America’s Pastor,’ About Billy Graham, by Grant Wacker

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
A study of Billy Graham’s ministry examines how American culture shaped him — and he shaped it.
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Open Book: Religious Reading

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
Cynthia Ozick and others recommend novels with religious themes.
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‘A Philosophy of Walking,’ by Frédéric Gros

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
Charting the many ways we walk, and what they say about us.
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‘Joan of Arc,’ by Kathryn Harrison

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
Kathryn Harrison’s biography interweaves Joan of Arc’s story with both fictional and historical interpretations.
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‘The Great Reformer,’ a Biography of Pope Francis

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
A biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio traces his Argentine origins and his path to the Vatican.
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‘Ardor,’ by Roberto Calasso

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
Roberto Calasso delves into the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defined the ancient Vedic world.
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Children's Books: ‘Space Case’ and ‘The Twin Powers’

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
In these middle-grade novels, a young detective solves a lunar murder, and twins reunite to save their threatened worlds.
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Children's Books: ‘Alphabetabum,’ ‘Take Away the A’ and More

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
Five alphabet books feature rhyme and alliteration, exuberant animals and found photos of children from the past.
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‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume I’

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
The first volume of Norton’s two-part anthology includes texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism.
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Crime: Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Moriarty,’ and More

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
Anthony Horowitz’s “Moriarty” is a Sherlock ­Holmes pastiche that opens five days after the great detective and his nemesis plunged to their doom.
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Evan Thompson’s ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
Merging neuroscience and philosophy, Evan Thompson casts new light on the relationship between the self and the brain.
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‘Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,’ by Gerard Russell

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
Gerard Russell chronicles the long survival of religious minorities in the Middle East, and the extreme peril they face today..
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‘Living the Secular Life,’ by Phil Zuckerman

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
As more Americans eschew religious affiliation, a sociologist examines the secular lifestyle.
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‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume II’

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39
The second volume of Norton’s two-part anthology compiles texts and commentaries on Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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Bookshelf: Can’t Sleep

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:33
New picture books include “Naptime,” “A Bed for Kitty” and “Goodnight Already!”
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Children's Books: ‘Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future,’ by A. S. King

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:05
A high school senior grappling with her mother’s suicide is suddenly able to envision people’s pasts and futures.
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Children's Books: ‘Isabel’s War,’ by Lila Perl

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:02
This novel’s 12-year-old heroine, growing up in 1940s New York, finds World War II a nuisance, until she meets a refugee.
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ArtsBeat: Cuba: A Reading List

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:43
Recommended books for learning more about Cuba’s history and its relationship to the United States.






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Dick Cavett: By the Book

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:00
The author of “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks” is a great fan of rereading. “We’d all have been better off to have read half as many books. Twice.”






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Bookends: Should Writers Respond to Their Critics?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:00
James Parker and Zoë Heller discuss the pitfalls for writers who directly respond to their critics.






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