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‘Friendswood,’ by René Steinke

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:55
A small town falters after an industrial disaster.






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‘The Moor’s Account,’ by Laila Lalami

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:55
A fictional memoir narrated by Estebanico, a Moroccan slave and the first black explorer of America.






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‘10:04,’ by Ben Lerner

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:54
A Brooklyn-based narrator preoccupied with identity decides to help his best friend have a child.






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‘Rainey Royal,’ by Dylan Landis

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:54
Sex and cruelty are tools a 14-year-old uses to cope with a devastatingly irresponsible father in 1970s Greenwich Village.






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‘The Human Age,’ by Diane Ackerman

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:53
Diane Ackerman surveys the technology and innovations that define our human-dominated epoch.






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Elena Ferrante’s ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:52
The third novel in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series tracks a long and complicated friendship.






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Inside the List

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:51
With Ebola back in the news, readers are returning to Richard Preston’s scientific adventure story “The Hot Zone,” which is No. 17 on the paperback nonfiction list.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:50
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:50
Paperback books of particular interest.






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‘We Are Not Ourselves,’ by Matthew Thomas

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:48
This first novel probes the lives of three generations of an Irish-American family in the 20th century.






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Open Book: Getting to the Heart of Things

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:48
Matthew Thomas, who earned two master’s degrees in writing, says the workshop environment “serves its purpose and then you have to move on.”






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The Shortlist: Terrence Holt’s ‘Internal Medicine,’ and More

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:47
New books by Terrence Holt, Judy Melinek and T. J. Mitchell, and Paul A. Marks and James Sterngold.






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Letters: Poor Little Lambs

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:47
Readers respond to a recent review of William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep” and more.






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James Ellroy’s ‘Perfidia’

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:19
Police officers and criminals are hard to tell apart in James Ellroy’s novel of 1940s Los Angeles.






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‘The Dog,’ by Joseph O’Neill

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:18
Joseph O’Neill’s “The Dog” is about a lost and tormented New York lawyer working in Dubai for a family of Lebanese billionaires.






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Ken Follett: By the Book

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:00
The author of “The Pillars of the Earth” and, most recently, “Edge of Eternity” can’t stand whimsical fantasy: “If there are no rules, and anything can happen, then where’s the suspense? I hate elves.”






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‘The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy’

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:50
Letters between Christopher Isherwood and his partner, Don Bachardy, mock the world’s ridiculous spectacle.






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Bookends: Should Literature Be Considered Useful?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:00
Adam Kirsch and Dana Stevens discuss whether literature should be valued for its utility.






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Inside the List

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:50
Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican whose first book, “The Way Forward,” is No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list, has opened up about his father’s alcoholism and early death.






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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:49
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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