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George Saunders, Famous for Futuristic Short Stories, Hits No. 1 With a Historical Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:56
“Lincoln in the Bardo,” about the president mourning his young son, goes straight to the top of the hardcover fiction list.
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Critic’s Take: What Happens Next (or Doesn’t)

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:51
The novelist Marisa Silver on how notions of plot have changed through literature.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:45
Readers respond to recent reviews of Michael Tomasky’s “Bill Clinton,” Elliot Ackerman’s “Dark at the Crossing” and more.
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Open Book: Stranger Than Reality?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:33
Close observers of the political scene, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, are getting into the thriller game.
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The Shortlist: Y.A. Crossover

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:00
New young adult crossover books include a novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a fantasy about a sinister magic carnival, and more.
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Fiction: A Drifter Gets Rerooted in a Novel of the New West

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:00
Marc Bojanowski’s second novel, “Journeyman,” is about a drifter out West who reconnects, reluctantly, with his brother.
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Fiction: Mystery Woman: A Novel Explores the Story of Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Christina’s World’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:00
In “A Piece of the World,” Christina Baker Kline invents a private life for the woman in Andrew Wyeth’s most famous painting.
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Fiction: ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’: Coetzee’s Teasing New Parable

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 07:00
“The Schooldays of Jesus” continues J.M. Coetzee’s fictional exploration of a boy’s encounters with a disturbing new world.
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Like Milo Y, Bill Maher once defended sex between adults and minors

USAToday Books - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 05:58

Media monitor unearths old clip of Maher defending teacher jailed for sex with teen boy.

        
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Fiction: Conversations With Himself: Sam Shepard’s Narrator Takes Stock of His Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 05:00
Sam Shepard’s novella, “The One Inside,” is narrated by a rueful, aging actor/writer not unlike Shepard himself.
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'Flip or Flop' stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa's book is postponed

USAToday Books - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 15:59

A book by the couple may not fly in light of their pending divorce.

        
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 13:38
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The Times.
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Nonfiction: Tales From the Personal Essay Industrial Complex

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 09:00
In “How to Murder Your Life” and “All the Lives I Want,” Cat Marnell and Alana Massey till the raw ground of the personal.
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Nonfiction: Not From Venus, Not From Mars: What We Believe About Gender and Why It’s Often Wrong

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 07:00
In “Testosterone Rex,” the Australian academic Cordelia Fine argues that society’s views about gender are blinkered, hidebound and wrong.
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By the Book: Chelsea Clinton: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:00
The co-author of “Governing Global Health” says she first read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” in the seventh grade, and “it still makes me uncomfortable, even more so, decades later.”
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'Lincoln in the Bardo' lands high on USA TODAY's list

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:52

Critics love George Saunders' novel about a grieving Abe Lincoln. Colbert is a fan, too.

        
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Rory Feek's book about his late wife is a best seller

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:29

The country singer has a hit with his memoir, 'This Life I Live.'

        
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Wyeth painting comes to life in Christina Baker Kline's new novel

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:16

'Christina's World' inspires the new book by the author of 'Orphan Train.'

        
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Further Reading: A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:00
A decade-by-decade history of race and racism in America, compiled by a National Book Award Winner.
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Newly discovered novel shows Walt Whitman finding way to 'Leaves of Grass'

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 20:11

Scholar's search for the name “Jack Engle” in old newspapers led to “white hot” discovery.

        
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