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Jan 18, 2020

9 Books to Help Calm an Anxious Toddler
These books will help little ones slow down and breathe easy, even during rough moments.

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Jan 18, 2020

7 Great Contemporary Novels for Teenagers
These books about teenagers growing up today combine literary chops with the special sauce that keep adolescent readers turning the pages.

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Jan 17, 2020

Americans on a Financial ‘Tightrope'
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn talk about their new book, and Daniel Susskind discusses "A World Without Work."

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Jan 17, 2020

A Mother and Son, Fleeing for Their Lives Over Treacherous Terrain
Jeanine Cummins's much-anticipated novel "American Dirt," about Mexican migrants crossing to America, is well intentioned. Is that enough?

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Jan 17, 2020

Gillian Anderson Listens to Fleetwood Mac and Loves Toni Morrison
The London-based actress finds time for cultural enrichment between starring in "Sex Education" and "The Crown."

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Jan 17, 2020

Their Story Wrote Itself
From the beginning, T Kira Madden and Hannah Beresford found an easy cadence, first through horses, then writing.

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Jan 17, 2020

‘Cleanness,' by Garth Greenwell: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Cleanness," by Garth Greenwell

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Jan 17, 2020

‘Abigail,' by Magda Szabo: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Abigail," by Magda Szabo

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Jan 17, 2020

We Loved the Book and the Movie
Here are a few possible directions "Little Women" might go next.

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Jan 17, 2020

Why Do Trump Supporters Support Trump?
Michael Lind's "The New Class War" sees class divisions at the heart of America's current political divide.

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Jan 17, 2020

Three Books on the Enigma That Is Modern Russia
The lawlessness and corruption that characterize Vladimir Putin's regime are examined by three authors from many angles, and from top to bottom.

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Jan 17, 2020

In Magda Szabo's Magical Novel, a Statue Protects Students From the Nazis
Published in Hungary in 1970 and now translated into English for the first time, "Abigail" is a fable-like story set at a girls' boarding school during wartime.

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Jan 17, 2020

In a Dying Country, Garth Greenwell's Narrator Comes Alive
For the American hero of "Cleanness," part of the allure of Bulgaria is that it is disintegrating around him.

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Jan 17, 2020

Growing Up in the Margins Without Being Marginalized
The narrator of Jessica Andrews's first novel, "Saltwater," is a university graduate from the working class, trying to find her place in the wider world.

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Jan 17, 2020

I Can't Afford These First Editions, but I Buy Them Anyway
Stephen Marche on why he collects rare books and why our culture undervalues them.

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Jan 17, 2020

Did the Civil Rights Movement Go Wrong?
In "The Age of Entitlement," Christopher Caldwell argues that the source of today's political divisions can be found in the reforms of the 1960s.

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Jan 16, 2020

New in Paperback: ‘The Source of Self-Regard' and ‘Horizon'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Jan 16, 2020

Revisiting Robert Peace and Self-Invention
This week, Anand Giridharadas reviews "The New Class War," by Michael Lind. In 2014, Giridharadas wrote for the Book Review about "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace," in which Jeff Hobbs wrote about his murdered college roommate.

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Jan 16, 2020

What One Woman Packed and Another Woman Thought
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Jan 16, 2020

Film Forum Asks, What Is the Experience of Black Women in Film
With over 60 movies and special events, this series tells the history of how they told their stories, both overtly and subversively.

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Jan 16, 2020

Christopher Tolkien, Keeper of His Father's Legacy, Dies at 95
As literary executor of his the estate of his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mr. Tolkien compiled and edited works such as "The Silmarillion."

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Jan 16, 2020

Poem: Return to Nushagak
This traveling meditational poem brings us to the far north, in a conversation. One of those places in this world where people are not always on their way to somewhere else.

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Jan 16, 2020

Lorenza Mazzetti, Wartime Survivor and Seminal Filmmaker, Dies at 92
She was spared by German soldiers seeking her uncle and protector, a cousin of Albert Einstein. She went on to help start the British New Wave in cinema.

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Jan 16, 2020

Roger Scruton, a Provocative Public Intellectual, Dies at 75
A philosopher, author and columnist, he was an outspoken hero to conservatives in Britain and recently at the center of, in his words, a "hate storm."

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Jan 16, 2020

A Meticulous Account of Trump's Tenure Reads Like a Comic Horror Story
"A Very Stable Genius," by the Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump's time in office to date.

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Jan 16, 2020

Marion Chesney, a.k.a. Mystery Writer M.C. Beaton, Dies at 83
Her popular crime solvers Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin were the focus of dozens of books, as well as TV series.

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Jan 16, 2020

The Overlooked History of Women at Work
A Grolier Club exhibition explores 500 years of women as scientists, midwives, writers, activists, undertakers and more.

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Jan 16, 2020

Larry Kramer Wishes More People Wrote About Gay History
"Most historians taken seriously are always straight. They wouldn't know a gay person if they took him to lunch."

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Jan 16, 2020

In Germany, a Jewish Millennial Argues That the Past Isn't Past
Max Czollek, whose first nonfiction book is a rebuttal to calls for integration, believes that his country must face its history with more honesty — and that those who are singled out shouldn't try to fit in.

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Jan 16, 2020

The Obama Bounce Has Real Impact — and It Has Nothing to Do With Basketball
Here's what happened when an author's debut landed on the former president's list of favorite books.

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Jan 15, 2020

‘Lucy Barton' Review: Laura Linney Finds Her Perfect Match
Ideally cast as a plain-spoken woman made of quiet steel, she acts the way Elizabeth Strout writes in this compelling adaptation of the 2016 novel.

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Jan 15, 2020

Sylvia Jukes Morris, Biographer of Clare Boothe Luce, Dies at 84
She spent 33 years on the two-volume biography, examining 460,000 items at the Library of Congress that stretched 319 linear feet.

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Jan 14, 2020

In ‘Serious Noticing,' James Wood Closely Reads Chekhov and Others — Including Himself
This new book includes the commanding literary critic's pieces on Virginia Woolf, Saul Bellow and others, as well as more personal work about his childhood and his family.

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Jan 14, 2020

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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Jan 14, 2020

Edith Wharton's ‘The Age of Innocence' Comes Home
Her copy of the sixth printing of the book, from 1921, has been donated to the library of the Mount, her home in Lenox, Mass.

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Jan 14, 2020

Gladys Bourdain, Who Helped Her Son Reach an Audience, Dies at 85
A Times copy editor, she kick-started Anthony Bourdain's career when she helped him get a tell-all article about the restaurant world published in The New Yorker.

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Jan 14, 2020

Built on Sand: The Get-Rich-Quick Scams of 1920s Florida
Christopher Knowlton's "Bubble in the Sun" tells a story of fortunes made and lost in Florida real estate.

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Jan 14, 2020

The Heart-Stopping, Nerve-Shredding Race to Be America's Deadliest Combat Pilot
"Race of Aces," John Bruning's action-fueled World War II narrative, follows the elite fighter pilots who competed to shoot down the most enemy planes.

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Jan 14, 2020

Getting 21st-Century Kids to Read More Books
What could possibly make this generation of image-bombarded, constantly visually stimulated kids choose books more often? One answer lies in graphic novels.

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Jan 14, 2020

The Union of the Kushners and the Trumps Seems Like Kismet
A new book considers the merging of real estate dynasties and its lasting impact on American democracy.

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Jan 14, 2020

‘American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps and the Marriage of Money and Power,' by Andrea Bernstein: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps and the Marriage of Money and Power," by Andrea Bernstein

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Jan 14, 2020

‘Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick,' by Zora Neale Hurston: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick," by Zora Neale Hurston

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Jan 14, 2020

Remembering a Lover Who Never Revealed Her True Nature
The narrator of Jonathan Buckley's novel "The Great Concert of the Night" uses a journal to keep alive memories of the enigmatic actress he loved.

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Jan 14, 2020

Soon a Robot Will Be Writing This Headline
In "A World Without Work," the economist Daniel Susskind argues that, unlike during past technological shifts, machines really are becoming smart enough to take over our jobs.

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Jan 14, 2020

An Irish Refuge for Two Royal British Sisters
In "The Secret Guests," Benjamin Black imagines what might have happened had the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret been sent abroad during the Blitz.

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Jan 14, 2020

The Harlem Renaissance Through Zora Neale Hurston's Eyes
"Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick" collects 21 stories from throughout her career, including eight that illuminate the Great Migration north.

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Jan 14, 2020

The Harlem Renaissance, as Viewed by Zora Neale Hurston
"Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick" collects 21 stories from throughout her career, including eight that illuminate the Great Migration north.

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Jan 14, 2020

Reckoning With the Wounds Still Left by the Spanish Civil War
In his "nonfiction" novel "Lord of All the Dead," Javier Cercas unearths the conflicted story of a relative who died serving in Franco's army.

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Jan 14, 2020

Down and Out and Ripe for an Economist to Study
For his new book, "Extreme Economies," Richard Davies visited nine struggling places — from a Louisiana prison to the Panamanian rain forest — to glean economic lessons for all of us.

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Jan 14, 2020

For a Successful Chinese Woman, Can Motherhood Be Her Undoing?
In Meng Jin's debut novel, "Little Gods," a teenage immigrant excavates her late mother's long-buried truths.

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Jan 14, 2020

Dick Cheney and Colin Powell: The Odd Couple
James Mann's "The Great Rift" describes the up-and-down relationship of two men who shaped American foreign policy for a generation.

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Jan 14, 2020

A School Where the Student Body Is Obsessed With Student Bodies
In Scarlett Thomas's new novel, "Oligarchy," the skinny girls rule the roost.

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Jan 14, 2020

The Man Who Mapped the West, and the Wife Who Made Him Famous
In "Imperfect Union," his double biography of John and Jessie Frémont, the NPR host Steve Inskeep brings to life a 19th-century power couple.

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Jan 14, 2020

Wealth and Fraud in 1920s Florida
Christopher Knowlton's "Bubble in the Sun" tells a story of quick fortunes made and lost in Florida real estate.

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Jan 13, 2020

‘Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope,' by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope," by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

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Jan 13, 2020

Sex, Violence and Self-Discovery Collide in the Incandescent ‘Cleanness'
Garth Greenwell's second novel is about a middle-age American teacher's sexual and existential journey while working in Bulgaria.

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Jan 13, 2020

The Cookbooks You Need for 2020, as Selected by Chefs
The authors Alison Roman, Niki Segnit, Diana Henry and more share the volumes they'll be returning to again and again this year.

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Jan 13, 2020

Writing About the Border Crisis, Hoping to Break Down Walls
Jeanine Cummins depicts a mother and son's gut-wrenching journey in "American Dirt," even as she acknowledges "I don't know if I'm the right person to tell this story."

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Jan 13, 2020

The 10 Most Checked-Out Books in N.Y. Public Library History
More than half are children's books, but "1984," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Fahrenheit 451" also made the list.

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Jan 11, 2020

Alasdair Gray, Scottish Author of Daring Prose, Dies at 85
He didn't publish his first novel (which he illustrated himself) until he was 46. But his impact, as both a writer and an artist, has lasted.

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Jan 10, 2020

John Rothchild, 74, Dies; Wrote About Personal Finance With Wit
He worked with Peter Lynch on several guides to stock trading. He also wrote a guidebook that offered no advice at all.

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Jan 10, 2020

Alasdair Gray, Scotch Author of Daring Prose, Dies at 85
He didn't publish his first novel (which he illustrated himself) until he was 46. But his impact, as both a writer and an artist, has lasted.

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Jan 10, 2020

Four Winter Romance Novels Find Love in Hopeless Places
A baseball player uses romance novels to help woo his estranged wife, a fake relationship leads to real feelings, and more stories of happily ever after.

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Jan 10, 2020

Life in Tech's ‘Uncanny Valley'
Anna Wiener discusses her new memoir, and Elisabeth Egan talks about Group Text, a new monthly feature from the Book Review.

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Jan 10, 2020

Comic Relief
How one young reader found himself in a different kind of literature.

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Jan 10, 2020

Ilana Glazer Is Moved by ‘Slave Play' and Chanel Miller
The comedian who recently released her first stand-up special, "The Planet Is Burning," shares the things she can't live without.

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Jan 10, 2020

Chronicling a Community, and a Country, in Economic Crisis
"Tightrope," by the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is a wrenching portrait of rural Yamhill, Ore., Kristof's hometown and a microcosm for America.

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Jan 10, 2020

In Praise of Omnivorous Readers
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Jan 10, 2020

Looking at Agatha Christie and Feminism
This week, Claire Jarvis reviews a biography of Virginia Woolf by Gillian Gill. In 1990, John Mortimer wrote for the Book Review about "Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries," Gill's biography of Christie.

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Jan 10, 2020

New in Paperback: ‘Working' and ‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Jan 09, 2020

Poem: Practice
Susan Barba's poem echoes our current moment and offers relief, strongly suggesting we not let the anger overtake us.

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Jan 09, 2020

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

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Jan 09, 2020

A Show Reminds Young Audiences: We All Got Here From Somewhere
"Cartography," a multimedia work inspired by migrants' stories, presents their journeys as universal and heroic, not merely tales of suffering.

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Jan 09, 2020

Another Comics Surprise From Robert Kirkman
A graphic novel, Fire Power: Prelude, will debut in April, ahead of the release of the Fire Power series.

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Jan 09, 2020

Romance Writers of America Leadership Resigns
The president and executive director of the trade organization, which is reeling from disputes involving racism and diversity, said they were stepping down.

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Jan 09, 2020

‘The Outsider' Brings a Faceless Terror, and Stephen King, to HBO
Part horror, part allegory, the supernaturally tinged murder mystery asks: Where do we turn when logic fails?

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Jan 09, 2020

Publishers, Citing Diversity Concerns, Withdraw From Romance Conference
"We at Harlequin believe it is important that all authors feel included, respected and heard," the publisher said in a letter to the R.W.A., which faces criticism for its handling of a racism dispute.

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Jan 09, 2020

Garth Greenwell Comes Clean
In his new book, the writer sought to create "something that was 100 percent pornographic and 100 percent high art."

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Jan 09, 2020

For William Gibson, Seeing the Future Is Easy. But the Past?
"Alternate history, in my opinion, is a more demanding game," says the author of "Agency" and other science fiction novels, "if only because conventional historical fiction, like history, is itself highly speculative."

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Jan 09, 2020

Kiley Reid Has Done Her Share of Soul-Searching in Coffee Shops
Meet the debut author behind the first instant best seller of the year.

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Jan 09, 2020

Where the Wild Ones Go
In Serena Burdick's new novel, a home for wayward girls looms large.

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Jan 08, 2020

Publishers, Citing Diversity Concerns, Drop Romance Conference
"We at Harlequin believe it is important that all authors feel included, respected and heard," the publisher said in a letter to the R.W.A., which faces criticism for its handling of a racism dispute.

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Jan 08, 2020

The Surprising History of McDonald's and the Civil Rights Movement
Marcia Chatelain's "Franchise" is about the history of the increasingly intricate ties between the fast-food behemoth and black communities.

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Jan 08, 2020

Elizabeth Wurtzel Finally Grew Up, Like the Rest of Gen X
Angry and disaffected, the "Prozac Nation" author, who died this week at 52, found new peace and purpose in her later years.

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Jan 08, 2020

Smithsonian to Bring American History to Life in Graphic Books
A partnership with IDW publishing will include graphic novels, coloring books and more.

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Jan 08, 2020

Robert Caro's Papers Headed to New-York Historical Society
After decades of dogged (and still unfinished) efforts to chronicle every detail about Lyndon B. Johnson, the master biographer's vast paper trail has found a permanent home.

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Jan 08, 2020

You're Not Going to Kill Them With Kindness. You'll Do Just the Opposite.
Four new books show how being nice — and being on the receiving end of thoughtfulness — will drastically improve life for all involved.

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Jan 07, 2020

‘Homie,' a Book of Poems That Produces Shocking New Vibrations
Danez Smith's innovative new collection exalts friendship, while also exploring its darker corners.

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Jan 07, 2020

When White Supremacists Overthrew an Elected Government
David Zucchino's "Wilmington's Lie" tells the forgotten history of a coup against a multiracial government in North Carolina.

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Jan 07, 2020

Romance Writers of America Cancels Awards Program
The organization, criticized for its handling of a racism accusation, said it wouldn't hold its annual contest after entrants and judges pulled out.

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Jan 07, 2020

How Victory in the Cold War Led to Tragedy in the Years After
Andrew J. Bacevich's "The Age of Illusions" details America's failures in the years following 1989.

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Jan 07, 2020

Elizabeth Wurtzel, ‘Prozac Nation' Author, Is Dead at 52
Her startling 1994 memoir, "Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America," won praise for opening a dialogue about clinical depression.

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Jan 07, 2020

Books That Captivate Babies and Toddlers
Lift that flap, peek through that hole, press that button. Interactive books keep little ones entertained — and help them develop cognitive abilities.

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Jan 07, 2020

A Victim's Account Fuels a Reckoning Over Abuse of Children in France
A French author wrote for years about his predilection for children and continued to win acclaim. Now one of them has spoken out.

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Jan 07, 2020

‘Long Bright River,' by Liz Moore: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Long Bright River," by Liz Moore

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Jan 07, 2020

Looking for a Book to Read With Friends?
Liz Moore's "Long Bright River" ticks all the boxes: eye-opening, thought-provoking and discussion-worthy. Now all you have to do is choose a date.

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Jan 07, 2020

A Victim's Account Fuels a Reckoning Over Sex With Children in France
A French author wrote for years about his sexual relations with children and continued to win acclaim. Now one of them has spoken out.

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Jan 07, 2020

Off the Coast of Los Angeles, a Father and Daughter Fight to Survive
Crissy Van Meter's debut novel, "Creatures," floats a young woman's coming-of-age atop the ebbs and flows of the sea.

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Jan 07, 2020

Olivia Gatwood, a Poet With a YouTube Following, Branches Out
The writer, whose performances have garnered hundreds of thousands of views online, explores her obsession with true crime and fear of male violence in her work.

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Jan 07, 2020

Gen X Women: More Opportunities, Less Satisfaction?
Ada Calhoun's "Why We Can't Sleep" documents the parameters of the "new midlife crisis" as women struggle with outsize demands and expectations.

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