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Inside the List: Inside the List

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:53
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me,” which enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 1, is an incantatory essay about being black in America.









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ArtsBeat: Jonathan Franzen and Mavis Staples Among Highlights at 92nd Street Y

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:40
Mr. Franzen will read from his new novel, “Purity,” and Ms. Staples will perform with Joan Osborne, during the 2015-16 season.









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Letters: ‘Ally’

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:37
Readers respond to recent reviews of Michael B. Oren’s “Ally,” Emma Sky’s “The Unraveling” and more.









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William T. Vollmann: By the Book

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
The author, most recently, of “The Dying Grass” says the deader the author, the more worthwhile the book. “Who would keep bringing out editions of ‘Gilgamesh’ if there weren’t some magic in the story?”









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Critic’s Take: It’s the End of the World as She Knows It

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:00
Female writers don’t need to destroy the world in order to imagine feeling unsafe in it.









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ArtsBeat: E. L. Doctorow in The Times

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:27
Mr. Doctorow, the author of “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and other books, died on Tuesday at 84.









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‘Men of War,’ by Alexander Rose

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 04:00
Alexander Rose takes on the combat experience at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg and Iwo Jima.









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‘The China Challenge,’ by Thomas J. Christensen

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 04:00
A former State Department official urges Americans to accept China’s rise to power.









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Dr. Seuss’ ‘What Pet Should I Get?’

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:45
“What Pet Should I Get?” shows Dr. Seuss’ particular genius for distilling both the spirit of his times and the timeless mind-set of children.









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Bookends: Are There Literary Uses for Boredom?

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Rivka Galchen and Adam Kirsch discuss whether boring books might serve an interesting purpose.









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‘The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age’

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:00
A look back at Al Hirschfeld’s 80-year career depicting film and theater’s signature faces.









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‘How Music Got Free,’ by Stephen Witt

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:00
How the industry has — and hasn’t — adapted to the digital revolution.









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ArtsBeat: N.Y.U. Library Acquires Archive of the Digital Art Journal Triple Canopy

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 13:27
The online publication, founded in 2007, will work with the Fales Library at New York University to preserve its digital content.









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‘ZeroZeroZero,’ by Roberto Saviano

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 04:00
Criminal syndicates and savvy traffickers have kept the world flush with cocaine.









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‘God and Jetfire,’ by Amy Seek

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 04:00
In this memoir, a birth mother rues her choice.









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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life’

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 08:43
William Finnegan discusses “Barbarian Days,” and Peter Moore talks about “The Weather Experiment.”









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‘The Pinch,’ by Steve Stern

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:25
A character writes a history of a Jewish neighborhood in Memphis in Steve Stern’s novel.









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‘The Wolf Border,’ by Sarah Hall

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:25
A novel tracks a self-determined woman involved with the reintroduction of the gray wolf in England.









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‘Rise,’ by Karen Campbell

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:25
A Glasgow prostitute dumps her pimp and becomes a nanny.









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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:25
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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