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Aug 14, 2018

The Shortlist: Eats of Eden
Sink your teeth into three tasty new food memoirs — Rick Bragg's "The Best Cook in the World," Edward Lee's "Buttermilk Graffiti" and Lidia Bastianich's "My American Dream."

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Aug 14, 2018

Books of The Times: Fables Leap Back and Forth Through Time in ‘Flights'
Olga Tokarczuk's novel, the winner of this year's International Man Booker Prize, is full of bizarre and harrowing stories that blend fiction and fact.

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Aug 14, 2018

JT Leroy Film With Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart to Close Toronto Film Fest
The festival also announced a period drama with Chris Pine as its opening night film.

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Aug 14, 2018

New & Noteworthy
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Aug 14, 2018

Nonfiction: On the Ground in Afghanistan and Iraq
C.J. Chivers's "The Fighters" provides gut-wrenching descriptions of the battles in the Middle East

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Aug 14, 2018

Essay: The Virtues of Shelf-lessness
Sloane Crosley makes the case for a nontraditional, at-home alternative to the Dewey Decimal System.

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Aug 14, 2018

Match Book: Aspiring Memoirist Seeking Famous Writers' Letters and Essays for Inspiration
From Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield to Yiyun Li and Heidi Julavits, Do Diarists Ever Truly Reveal Themselves?

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Aug 13, 2018

Nonfiction: Why We Should Never Expect to Discover Sentient Ice Cubes
Charles S. Cockell's "The Equations of Life" argues that physics constrains evolution so that life is not endlessly variable, but actually quite predictable.

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Aug 13, 2018

Books of The Times: A Case for the New Jazz Sound That Will Inspire Playlists
In "Playing Changes," Nate Chinen argues that we're living in a brilliant new phase of jazz, and offers an annotated guide to his favorite performers.

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Aug 13, 2018

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Feminist, Activist and Author, Dies at 72
She helped shape new ways of thinking about Jewish identity, including challenging the Zionist notion that Israel must be honored as the homeland.

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Aug 13, 2018

Front Burner: The History of France, Told Through Food
"A Bite-Sized History of France" covers wines, cheeses and the invention of canned food preservation.

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Aug 13, 2018

Nonfiction: A New View of Evolution That Can't Be Represented by a Tree
David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, "The Tangled Tree," that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.

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Aug 12, 2018

As Barnes & Noble Struggles to Find Footing, Founder Takes Heat
Sales are falling and critics say the company lacks a direction, sometimes seeming to give priority to sales of gifts and tchotchkes over books.

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Aug 12, 2018

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Learning to Love Himself, With an Assist From Beyoncé
In "I Can't Date Jesus," Michael Arceneaux writes with humor about his Catholic childhood in Houston and his struggles coming to terms with his sexuality.

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Aug 12, 2018

An Appraisal: V.S. Naipaul, a Writer of Many Contradictions and Obvious Greatness
Naipaul, who died at 85 on Saturday, was a self-styled heir to Joseph Conrad, and a legitimate one.

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Aug 11, 2018

V.S. Naipaul, Who Explored Colonialism Through Unsparing Books, Dies at 85
Mr. Naipaul, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, wrote about the liberation movements that swept across Africa and the Caribbean, where he was born.

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Aug 11, 2018

Newsbook: Nearing Retirement? Here's a Book to Help You Maximize Your Social Security Benefits
Plus, another that looks at the state of the economy and a satire that offers a wacky solution.

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Aug 10, 2018

Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49
"My joy exists with pain," Ms. Silver wrote. Her poems moved in a new direction after she received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2004.

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Aug 10, 2018

All the World's a Crime: Thrillers from Around the Globe
Our map of crime novels and detective fiction offers far-flung suggestions for your summer reading.

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Aug 10, 2018

The Book Review: Lydia Millet on ‘Fight No More'
"Everything's so outrageous now in the public sphere," Ms. Millet says. "You can't really be more absurd or more fictional than real life is right now."

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Aug 10, 2018

Inside the List: Around the World With Books: A Peek at Global Best-Seller Lists
In August, the best-seller lists here don't change much. So we decided to look elsewhere — Germany, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands.

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Aug 10, 2018

A Conversation With: Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards
The well regarded science writer took up poker while researching a book. Now she's on the professional circuit.

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Aug 10, 2018

Children's Books: Actress Diane Guerrero Recounts Her Family's Deportation Ordeal
In "My Family Divided," the "Orange Is the New Black" star tells the story of coming home at age 14 to find her parents gone, taken by immigration authorities.

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Aug 10, 2018

Anita Miller, Who Battled John Cheever's Family, Dies at 91
An author and publisher with an eclectic bent, she was a founder of Academy Chicago, which sold feminist, mystery, literary and children's books.

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Aug 10, 2018

Children's Books: How Do We Tell a New Generation of Teenagers About the Vietnam War?
Elizabeth Partridge's "Boots on the Ground" includes some disturbing images and facts. But today's activist teenagers can handle a fuller account of American conduct during the war.

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Aug 10, 2018

Sketchbook: In Order to Write, It Must Be Right
A room of one's own? The cartoonist Grant Snider thinks a writer needs a lot more than that.

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Aug 10, 2018

Nonfiction: Mughal Men Ruled South Asia — and One Man Was Ruled by a Woman
The daughter of Persian immigrants, Nur Jahan became the favorite wife and the co-ruler of Emperor Jahangir. Ruby Lal's "Empress" tells her story.

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Aug 10, 2018

Books News: How a Young War Veteran Became a Serial Bank Robber, Then a Novelist
Nico Walker's Autobiographical novel "Cherry" traces his descent into addiction and crime. It's being called the first great novel of the opioid crisis.

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Aug 10, 2018

Book News: How a Young War Veteran Became a Serial Bank Robber, Then a Novelist
Nico Walker's Autobiographical novel "Cherry" traces his descent into addiction and crime. It's being called the first great novel of the opioid crisis.

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Aug 10, 2018

Nonfiction: Defending Conservatism, and Seeking Converts
Roger Scruton's "Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition" is intended not only for the author's political allies but for liberals too.

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Aug 10, 2018

Nonfiction: Going Solo: An Author Chooses — and Celebrates — Life Without a Partner or Kids
Glynnis MacNicol's smart, pithy memoir, "No One Tells You This," celebrates women who buck cultural norms.

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Aug 10, 2018

Nonfiction: Looking Back at the Economic Crash of 2008
Adam Tooze's "Crashed" examines "how a decade of financial crises changed the world."

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Aug 10, 2018

The Shortlist: Fictional Glimpses of the Past: From the Tudors to the Czars
England and Russia figure in two recent novels, while in the New World, historical fiction revisits the 19th-century Caribbean and the American West.

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Aug 10, 2018

New in Paperback: ‘Ranger Games,' ‘Conversations With Friends'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Aug 10, 2018

Fiction: A Novel That Delves Into the Mind of a Famous Schizophrenic
In "Playthings," Alex Pheby tells the story of Daniel Paul Schreber, a German judge who described his own struggles with mental illness.

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Aug 10, 2018

Essay: Au Revoir, Nancy! A Children's Book Author Kisses Her Character Goodbye
As Jane O'Connor, the author of the Fancy Nancy books, ends her series, she reflects on the intimate connections she's fostered with young readers.

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Aug 10, 2018

Fiction: ‘A Terrible Country' That's Impossible Not to Love
The young Russian-American protagonist of Keith Gessen's new novel returns to the country of his birth and discovers both misery and magic.

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Aug 10, 2018

Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Aug 09, 2018

Anita Miller, Author and Publisher With Eclectic Bent, Dies at 91
She and her husband founded Academy Chicago, which sold feminist, mystery, literary and children's books and jousted in court with John Cheever's family.

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Aug 09, 2018

Anita Miller, Author and Eclectic Publisher, Dies at 91
She and her husband founded Academy Chicago, which sold feminist, mystery, literary and children's books and jousted in court with John Cheever's family.

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Aug 09, 2018

Profile: Olga Tokarczuk's Book ‘Flights' Is Taking Off
It is not her only novel to be translated into English, but it is the first one to establish her reputation beyond her native Poland.

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Aug 09, 2018

Fiction: In These Stories, Home Is Where the Heartache Is
The characters in Lydia Millet's new linked collection, "Fight No More," yearn to understand the fractures in their lives.

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Aug 09, 2018

Editors' Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

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Aug 09, 2018

Bookshelf: Taking Walks on the Wild Side
New books featuring prominent sites, proposed walks and maps cover subjects like rock ‘n' roll, architecture, the history of Harlem and pop culture.

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Aug 09, 2018

Paper Chase: These Are Some of the Best Book Reviews We've Ever Read. A Sing Sing Prisoner Wrote Them Over a Century Ago.
Back in 1911, The Times discovered a trove of literary criticism inside one of the state's most notorious prisons — but couldn't figure out who the author was. 107 years later, we've solved the mystery.

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Aug 09, 2018

Nonfiction: Leonard Bernstein Through a Daughter's Eyes
In "Famous Father Girl," Jamie Bernstein is a warm, wry observer, peeking from the wings as her father glories, sifting through the jumbo pill box when he falls apart.

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Aug 09, 2018

By the Book: Anne de Courcy: By the Book
The biographer and journalist, whose latest book is "The Husband Hunters," avoids thrillers: "I get all the mayhem I want in the newspapers."

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Aug 09, 2018

Langston Hughes Just Got a Year Older
How a random late-night online search led to new discoveries about the poet's birth and early years.

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Aug 08, 2018

These Are Some of the Best Book Reviews We've Ever Read. A Sing Sing Prisoner Wrote Them Over a Century Ago.
Back in 1911, The Times discovered a trove of literary criticism inside one of the state's most notorious prisons — but couldn't figure out who the author was. 107 years later, we've solved the mystery.

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Aug 08, 2018

Nonfiction: Black, Gay and Becoming Visible
In Darnell L. Moore's memoir, "No Ashes in the Fire," he describes a brutal childhood in Camden, N.J., and the struggle to fully accept his identity.

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Aug 08, 2018

Books of The Times: ‘Crashed' Connects the Dots From 2008 Crisis to Trump, Brexit and More
Adam Tooze shows how the financial crisis radiated outward, shaping not only the new economic order but the ensuing political free-for-all.

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Aug 08, 2018

A Female Olympian Who Models Men's Clothing
Casey Legler, a former Olympic swimmer, recounts her unlikely rise and fall in a new memoir, "Godspeed." And that's only half the story.

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Aug 08, 2018

Fiction: The Angst of the Creative Millennial, as Fodder for Satire
In "Hits & Misses," Simon Rich dissects his generation's culture with humor and empathy. A review by Nate Dern.

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Aug 07, 2018

Books of The Times: David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure
In "The Tangled Tree," Quammen tells the story of a groundbreaking idea in biology, and of the scientists who discovered and explained it.

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Aug 07, 2018

Nonfiction: In France, an American Woman Learns the Butcher's Trade
After apprenticing in a Gascon village, Camas Davis returned home with an appreciation of "life, death and dinner." "Killing It" tells her story.

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Aug 07, 2018

Fiction: A New Thriller Imagines a Revolt Against the Corporate Order
In Olen Steinhauer's "The Middleman," a revolutionary anticapitalist movement seeks to unite the disaffected of America's red and blue states.

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Aug 07, 2018

Nonfiction: The Failure of Egypt's Revolution
David D. Kirkpatrick's "Into the Hands of the Soldiers" describes the heady days when democracy seemed a possibility in Egypt.

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Aug 06, 2018

Nonfiction: Science or Quackery? The Study of Hormones Has Been Both, a New Book Suggests
Randi Hutter Epstein's "Aroused" looks at the history of hormone research and the many missteps along the way.

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Aug 06, 2018

Books of The Times: An Award-Winning Biographer's Latest Subject: Herself
Claire Tomalin, the acclaimed biographer of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and others, recounts her own rich story in "A Life of My Own."

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Aug 06, 2018

Nonfiction: How Citigroup Escaped Financial Disaster in 2008
James Freeman and Vern McKinley's "Borrowed Time" takes a close look at the government bailout of Citigroup.

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Aug 06, 2018

Nonfiction: William T. Vollmann Would Like a Word or Two About Climate Change. Or 1,200 Pages.
In his two-volume "Carbon Ideologies," the writer examines from many angles what we are doing to the earth.

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Aug 05, 2018

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Imagining the Unimaginable in a Nuclear-War Novel
Jeffrey Lewis's first novel, a speculative work of fiction, has a harrowingly plain title: "The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States"

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Aug 04, 2018

Dick Cavett in the Digital Age
Stopping to smell the flowers with the last great intellectual talk-show host.

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Aug 04, 2018

W: Dick Cavett in the Digital Age
Stopping to smell the flowers with the last great intellectual talk-show host.

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Aug 03, 2018

Patricia Hermes, Whose Children's Books Had Serious Side, Dies at 82
No fairy tales, thank you: Her many books dealt with death, war, slavery and other harsh realities and looked at history from contrasting viewpoints.

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Aug 03, 2018

Newsbook: Read These 3 Books About Global Warming
Predictions and solutions in these books drawing on scientific research and social policy.

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Aug 03, 2018

Art Lee, Fly-Fishing Virtuoso and Writer, Dies at 76
Mr. Lee was a Catskills fixture whose reputation as an angler spread far and wide. He once took Jimmy Carter fishing and wrote a whole book on a knot.

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Aug 03, 2018

The Book Review Podcast: Beth Macy Talks About ‘Dopesick'
"We're all connected, we're all at risk of this," Macy says about what she has learned reporting on the opioid crisis. "It's everywhere."

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Aug 03, 2018

Inside the List: That Huge Surprise in His Own Family Genealogy? It's Playing out in His Novels
Alan Gratz's middle-grade novels — like the best-selling ‘Refugee' — often deal with war, asylum seekers and Jewish history.

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Aug 03, 2018

Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives
In which we consult the Book Review's past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Anne Tyler's "The Accidental Tourist."

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Aug 03, 2018

New in Paperback: ‘An Odyssey,' ‘Dunbar'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Aug 03, 2018

The Literati: Henry James's Final Curtain Call
Edward Sorel illustrates the great turn-of-the-century author's fumbling foray into the theater.

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Aug 03, 2018

Children's Books: Magic Ripples Just Below the Surface in These Novels
In fantasies by K. Sello Duiker and Jaleigh Johnson, children use magic to navigate the streets of a South African township and a hostile world called Tallhaven.

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Aug 03, 2018

The Shortlist: Personal Stories From the Refugee Experience
Three books relate the individual accounts of people caught up in events larger than themselves.

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Aug 03, 2018

How to Listen to the Book Review Podcast
Instructions to help you find and subscribe to the series.

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Aug 03, 2018

Nonfiction: From Rags to Ill-Gotten Riches in 1930s China
Paul French's "City of Devils" is a narrative fiction of the "tawdry city" Shanghai before World War II.

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Aug 03, 2018

Nonfiction: Rome Wasn't Sacked in a Day
Matthew Kneale's "Rome: A History in Seven Sackings" narrates the city's past through the marauders who have devastated it.

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Aug 03, 2018

Books News: The Book Everyone in the Netherlands Is Talking About Is Finally Coming to the U.S.
Astrid Holleeder secretly recorded her brother and wrote a book about it. Now he's on trial for murder, and she's in hiding.

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Aug 03, 2018

Fiction: ‘Beowulf' Gets a 21st-Century Update
In "The Mere Wife," by Maria Dahvana Headley, the epic poem is reimagined as an imaginative tale of class conflict.

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Aug 03, 2018

Nonfiction: The Woman Who Created a Monster
For the 200th anniversary of "Frankenstein," the poet Fiona Sampson has written a new biography of its author: "In Search of Mary Shelley."

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Aug 03, 2018

Crime: For Marilyn Stasio, Any Place Can Be the Scene of the Crime
This week's mysteries move from a New Hampshire boarding school to a London rowhouse, with stops in New York City and a ramshackle shed in Oakland.

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Aug 03, 2018

Fiction: Classical Myths Filtered Through a Modern Prism
In his new novel, "Metamorphica" — the title is a nod to Ovid's epic poem — Zachary Mason reworks and respins ancient Greco-Roman myths.

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Aug 03, 2018

Fiction: Rumpelstiltskin Redux
In her brilliant new novel, "Spinning Silver," Naomi Novik riffs on a number of fairy tales, including the straw-into-gold classic.

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Aug 02, 2018

Nonfiction: Who Desegregated America's Schools? Black Women
"A Girl Stands at the Door," by the Rutgers historian Rachel Devlin, shows how the work of desegregation was done disproportionately by a young population that felt called to action.

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Aug 02, 2018

Betty Miles, Whose Children's Books Tackled Sexism, Dies at 90
As a woman of the 1950s, she said, she felt "presumptuous" about wanting a writing career, but overcame her qualms to carve out a successful one.

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Aug 02, 2018

Fiction: Going AWOL in Africa's Largest City
Chibundu Onuzo's novel "Welcome to Lagos" sets its runaway characters adrift in the swirl of metropolitan life, where it may be impossible to hide.

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Aug 02, 2018

Editors' Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

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Aug 02, 2018

A Hemingway War Story Sees Print for the First Time
In 1956, Ernest Hemingway wrote five short stories about World War II, including "A Room on the Garden Side," saying they could be published after he died. Three remain.

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Aug 02, 2018

Nonfiction: Learning From Henry Kissinger
"Kissinger the Negotiator," by James K. Sebenius, R. Nicholas Burns and Robert H. Mnookin, presents diplomacy as the art of influencing friends and adversaries.

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Aug 02, 2018

By the Book: Sophie Hannah: By the Book
Sophie Hannah, whose Hercule Poirot novel "The Mystery of Three Quarters" will be published this month, is addicted to self-help: "Write a book and call it something like ‘The Five Secrets of Badass Kickassery' and I will buy it immediately."

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Aug 01, 2018

Vladimir Voinovich, Dissident Russian Writer, Dies at 85
His satires were not well received by the Soviet authorities, and in 1980 he thought it best to live in the West until things thawed out.

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Aug 01, 2018

Now Read This: Discussion Questions for ‘What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky'
Lesley Nneka Arimah's debut short story collection is our August pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, "Now Read This."

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Aug 01, 2018

Books of The Times: Finding Alarm and Consolation About the Apocalypse in Two New Books
Things are worse than ever, Roy Scranton insists in "We're Doomed. Now What?" They always have been, Eugene Thacker says in "Infinite Resignation."

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Aug 01, 2018

Nonfiction: Who Desegregated America's Schools? Women
"A Girl Stands at the Door," by the Rutgers historian Rachel Devlin, shows how the work of desegregation was done disproportionately by young black women.

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Aug 01, 2018

Review: In ‘The Saintliness of Margery Kempe,' a Comically Restless Mystic
A play based on a confessional, self-obsessed woman's memoir — from the 15th century — is back, at the Duke.

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Aug 01, 2018

A Poem in The Nation Spurs a Backlash and an Apology
After a white poet's use of African-American vernacular was criticized for being offensive, the magazine's poetry editors apologized.

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Aug 01, 2018

Books of The Times:
Finding Alarm and Consolation About the Apocalypse in Two New Books
Things are worse than ever, Roy Scranton insists in "We're Doomed. Now What?" They always have been, Eugene Thacker says in "Infinite Resignation."

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Aug 01, 2018

Fiction: Anne Tyler's Latest Heroine Quits Cushy Arizona for Quirky Baltimore
In her new novel, "Clock Dance," a staid retiree plunges into the off-kilter lives of a single mother and her daughter.

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Aug 01, 2018

Q. & A.: Why a Picture Book Now for Young Kids? Let's Just Say He Could Feel It in His Bones
Jeff Smith, the creator of Bone, the graphic novel series, is going after younger readers.

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Aug 01, 2018

Q. & A.: Why a Picture Book Now for Young Kids? Let's Just Say He Could Feel It in His Bones.
Jeff Smith, the creator of Bone, the graphic novel series, is going after younger readers.

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