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Sep 26, 2020

This Basketball-Loving Poet Resists Categorization
Fresh off the success of his play "Barber Shop Chronicles," Inua Ellams has a new book out, "The Half God of Rainfall," about a son of Zeus who dominates on the courts.

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Sep 25, 2020

Sam McBratney Dies at 77; Wrote ‘Guess How Much I Love You'
His bedtime story of a hare and his son one-upping each other in declaring their love became a children's classic, translated into 57 languages.

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Sep 25, 2020

C.I.A. Operatives in the Early Years of the Cold War
Scott Anderson discusses "The Quiet Americans," and Peter Baker and Susan Glasser talk about "The Man Who Ran Washington."

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Sep 25, 2020

‘Mark Trail' Jumps Into an Adventure With a New Cartoonist
The environmentally minded comic strip, which began in 1946, will be drawn by Jules Rivera, who is known for her slice-of-life webcomic "Love, Joolz."

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Sep 25, 2020

The Incredible Influence of James A. Baker III
Peter Baker and Susan Glasser's "The Man Who Ran Washington" tells the story of the incredibly influential statesman and insider's insider.

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Sep 25, 2020

New in Paperback: ‘The Topeka School' and ‘Brown White Black'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Sep 25, 2020

Politics and Fiction and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Sep 25, 2020

A Wordless Way to Write a Novel
From "bespectacled" to "rosy-fingered," a special set of emoji for the literary inclined.

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Sep 24, 2020

How Was ‘Mein Kampf' Handled in The Book Review in 1943?
In a recent issue dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, The Book Review resurfaced its 1943 critique of Hitler's political manifesto.

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Sep 24, 2020

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

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Sep 24, 2020

17 New Books to Watch For in October
New biographies shed light on Malcolm X, Sylvia Plath and the Beatles, plus the latest fiction from Tana French, Martin Amis, Sayaka Murata and more.

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Sep 24, 2020

The Ugly (and Glorious) Truth About American Supermarkets
In his new book, "The Secret Life of Groceries," Benjamin Lorr argues that the kale chips and shade-grown coffee sold at supermarkets define who we are.

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Sep 24, 2020

David Chang's Memoir, ‘Eat a Peach,' Provides Food for Thought
The restaurateur, television personality and podcast host lays his life on the table with bracing candor.

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Sep 24, 2020

David Chang's Memoir, "Eat a Peach," Provides Food for Thought
The restaurateur, television personality and podcast host lays his life on the table with bracing candor.

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Sep 24, 2020

Poem: About the Dead Man's Recent Dreams
The "dead man poems" Marvin Bell has been writing for more than a quarter century take on a collective shadow presence when read during a pandemic.

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Sep 24, 2020

Reed Hastings, the Founder of Netflix, Keeps His Library in His Pocket
"They're all on Kindle. Although I have to admit as a first-time author, when the hardcover book arrived, it felt really good to hold in my hands."

New York Times Books
Sep 23, 2020

How the New York Times Best-Seller Lists Come Together
The weekly book lists are determined by sales numbers. But a touch of Salt-N-Pepa or Axl Rose livens up the process.

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Sep 22, 2020

Grief and Geology Both Take Time in ‘The Book of Unconformities'
When the anthropologist Hugh Raffles lost two sisters within months, he looked to rocks and stones for a sense of perspective and stability.

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Sep 22, 2020

New & Noteworthy Poetry, From the Ancient Greeks to Billy Collins
A selection of recent poetry releases; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Sep 22, 2020

‘Conditional Citizens,' by Laila Lalami: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Conditional Citizens," by Laila Lalami

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Sep 22, 2020

Book Review: ‘God-Level Knowledge Darts,' by Desus & Mero
Whether or not you're from the Bronx, Desus & Mero have some "God-Level Knowledge Darts" to throw at you.

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Sep 22, 2020

The Rivalry That Forged the Cold War
Tim Weiner's "The Folly and the Glory" traces hostilities between Russia and the United States across 75 years.

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Sep 22, 2020

The Bodega Boys Wrote a Book, You Know the Vibes
Whether or not you're from the Bronx, Desus & Mero have some "God-Level Knowledge Darts" to throw at you.

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Sep 22, 2020

The Freelance Life, but With Superheroes
The novel "Hench," by Natalie Zina Walschots, imagines a lost millennial in a Marvel-style war between good and evil.

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Sep 22, 2020

The War Crime No One Wants to Talk About
"Our Bodies, Their Battlefields," by Christina Lamb, a British foreign correspondent, provides one of the first exhaustive examinations of rape as a weapon of war.

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Sep 22, 2020

A Love Triangle and a Variety Show in Seaside England
"Here We Are," by Graham Swift, is a nostalgic look at the world of magicians and song-and-dance acts facing changes in taste and technology.

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Sep 22, 2020

Life in an America Where Some Are Only ‘Conditional Citizens'
In her first nonfiction book, the novelist Laila Lalami offers a wrenching look at her experience as a naturalized citizen and the challenges endured by immigrants like her.

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Sep 22, 2020

The Divisions That Are Destroying the Country
In "Divided We Fall," David French warns that secession movements are a real possibility for the future.

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Sep 22, 2020

Book Review: ‘White House, Inc.,' by Dan Alexander
In his new book, the Forbes reporter Dan Alexander examines President Trump's private coffers since he took office.

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Sep 21, 2020

A Prosecutor's Backstage Tour of the Mueller Investigation
Andrew Weissmann, a top lawyer in the special counsel's office, details the investigators' findings and frustrations in his new memoir, "Where Law Ends."

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Sep 21, 2020

Review: ‘Where Law Ends,' by Andrew Weissmann
Andrew Weissmann, a top lawyer in the special counsel's office, details the investigators' findings and frustrations in his new memoir, "Where Law Ends."

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Sep 21, 2020

‘Welcome to the New World,' by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan: An Excerpt
A new graphic novel expands on the Pulitzer-winning series about the challenges a family of Syrian refugees faced in America.

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Sep 21, 2020

Book Review: ‘Jack,' by Marilynne Robinson
The fourth novel in Robinson's series about the residents of Gilead, Iowa, features a fraught love during the Jim Crow era.

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Sep 20, 2020

8 Picture Books About Ordinary Kids' Everyday Activism
From making soup to creating a butterfly garden, everyone can do something.

New York Times Books
Sep 19, 2020

Best Sellers Sell the Best Because They're Best Sellers
Publishing is becoming a winner-take-all game. Nobody dominates it like Madeline McIntosh and Penguin Random House.

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Sep 19, 2020

Young Adult Dystopian Fiction That Feels Pretty Real
These four thrillers may be gussied up with future settings, but the problems they confront are rooted in today's world.

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Sep 18, 2020

Stephen F. Cohen, Influential Historian of Russia, Dies at 81
He chronicled Stalin's tyrannies and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and he was an enthusiastic admirer of Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Sep 18, 2020

Winston Groom, Author of ‘Forrest Gump,' Dies at 77
He wrote the 1986 novel that inspired the Oscar-winning film starring Tom Hanks. Another book was a finalist for a Pulitzer.

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Sep 18, 2020

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

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Sep 18, 2020

Ayad Akhtar on Truth and Fiction
Akhtar discusses "Homeland Elegies" and Marc Lacey talks about "Cry Havoc," by Michael Signer, and "The Violence Inside Us," by Chris Murphy.

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Sep 18, 2020

National Book Awards Names 2020 Nominees
Fiction contenders include Brit Bennett, the author of "The Vanishing Half"; Randall Kenan, a beloved writer who died in August; and Douglas Stuart, a debut novelist who is also a Booker Prize finalist.

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Sep 18, 2020

How to Start Making Collages
Turn the news of the day into a time capsule with some scissors and some glue.

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Sep 18, 2020

New in Paperback: ‘Speaking American' and ‘The Seine'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Sep 18, 2020

All-American Stories by Walter Mosley, Matthew Baker and Ron Rash
Three new collections explore the abuses, hypocrisies and awkwardnesses of living in this country today.

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Sep 18, 2020

The Nigerian-British Writer Putting Black Joy on Stage and Screen
"There's so much more that comes with being Black apart from dealing with racism," says Theresa Ikoko, a Londoner whose movie "Rocks" opened this week.

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Sep 18, 2020

Can a Book Capture the Magic of Birding?
Delving into the many tomes that try to distill the fascination that makes so many want to stare up through their binoculars.

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Sep 17, 2020

Ann Getty, Publisher and Bicoastal Arts Patron, Is Dead at 79
She married into one of the world's richest families but refused to let herself be marginalized as a socialite.

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Sep 17, 2020

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

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Sep 17, 2020

Claudia Rankine on the Ways Race Haunts Her Imagination, and America's
In her new book, "Just Us," the poet and essayist repeatedly asks how race is understood and manifested in American culture.

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Sep 17, 2020

In 'The United States of Cocktails,' Reports on America's Drinking Culture
For his new book, "The United States of Cocktails," Brian Bartels roamed the country to report on local tastes, traditions and quirks.

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Sep 17, 2020

Macmillan C.E.O. John Sargent Is Departing
The longtime publishing executive is leaving the company, which has faced months of turmoil, because of disagreements over its direction.

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Sep 17, 2020

Obama's Memoir ‘A Promised Land' Coming in November
The former president's publisher plans to release the book after the 2020 election and has ordered a first U.S. printing of 3 million copies.

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Sep 17, 2020

Obama's Memoir ‘A Promised Land' To Release in November
The former president's publisher plans to release the book after the 2020 election and has ordered a first U.S. printing of 3 million copies.

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Sep 17, 2020

Poem: Late
A poem that reminds us there is so much in our nation that still needs to change.

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Sep 17, 2020

The Back Story Behind ‘Transcendent Kingdom': Yaa Gyasi Is a Solid Friend
Loyalty spurred the best-selling author to visit a neuroscientist's lab. What she saw there inspired her next narrator.

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Sep 17, 2020

Why Michael Ian Black Doesn't Like Mystery Novels
"Just tell me who did it."

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Sep 17, 2020

Revisiting the ‘Violent Ballets' of Jack Kirby
In his Graphic Content column, Ed Park explores books capturing Kirby's life and work, including a new biography by Tom Scioli.

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Sep 16, 2020

Stanley Crouch, Critic Who Saw American Democracy in Jazz, Dies at 74
A prolific author, essayist, columnist and social critic, he challenged conventional thinking on race and avant-garde music.

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Sep 16, 2020

How to Judge the Booker Prize in a Pandemic
Five judges, each with 162 books to read, are determining one of the world's best-known literary awards in an unusual year.

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Sep 16, 2020

Black Boyhood and Its Superpowers
Isaiah Dunn has a superhero alter ego who gets his powers from eating beans and rice. Nnamdi is transformed by his anger into a seven-foot-tall hulk.

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Sep 16, 2020

He Invented the Rubik's Cube. He's Still Learning From It.
Erno Rubik, who devised one of the world's most popular and enduring puzzles, opens up about his creation in his new book, "Cubed."

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Sep 16, 2020

Rubik's Cube Inventor Opens Up About His Creation in New Book 'Cubed'
Erno Rubik, who devised one of the world's most popular and enduring puzzles, opens up about his creation in his new book, "Cubed."

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Sep 16, 2020

From George Eliot to Neo-Nazi Skinheads: The Chaotic Cult of Richard Wagner
Alex Ross's "Wagnerism" is "a book about a musician's influence on non-musicians — resonances and reverberations of one art form into others." Reviewed by John Adams.

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Sep 16, 2020

The Harsh Realities of Being Indigenous in North America
Two new memoirs, Alicia Elliott's "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground" and Toni Jensen's "Carry," sketch harrowing portraits of Native life today.

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Sep 16, 2020

The Man Who Made Us Feel for the Animals
In "A Traitor to His Species," Ernest Freeberg tells the story of Henry Bergh, the 19th-century eccentric who founded the A.S.P.C.A.

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Sep 15, 2020

Randall Kenan, Southern Writer of Magical Realism, Dies at 57
His upbringing in North Carolina helped him create a fictional hamlet, Tims Creek, where a three-year-old clairvoyant scares the neighbors. And a pig talks.

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Sep 15, 2020

A Timely Collection of Vital Writing by Audre Lorde
"The Selected Works of Audre Lorde," edited by Roxane Gay, arrives at a time when the poet, essayist and memoirist has rarely been more influential — or misunderstood.

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Sep 15, 2020

In This Novel of Exile, Sulaiman Addonia Writes From Experience
"Silence Is My Mother Tongue" witnesses a young brother and sister coming of age in a Sudanese refugee camp.

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Sep 15, 2020

‘Agent Sonya,' by Ben Macintyre: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Agent Sonya," by Ben Macintyre

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Sep 15, 2020

‘The Abstainer,' by Ian McGuire: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Abstainer," by Ian McGuire

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Sep 15, 2020

Debut Novelists and Women Dominate Booker Prize Shortlist
Some literary heavy hitters missed out, including Hilary Mantel, whose latest work, "The Mirror and the Light," did not make the cut.

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Sep 15, 2020

Booker Prize Shortlist: Hilary Mantel and Anne Tyler Miss the Cut
Some literary heavy hitters missed out, including Hilary Mantel, whose latest work, "The Mirror and the Light," did not make the cut.

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Sep 15, 2020

The Best Post Office Novel You Will Read Before the Election
Vigdis Hjorth's "Long Live the Post Horn!" follows a 35-year-old woman through an identity crisis — and a campaign in support of postal workers.

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Sep 15, 2020

Why Government Is Failing the People It Is Supposed to Serve
"The Wake-Up Call," by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, criticizes the performance of Western governments and suggests ways to improve it.

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Sep 15, 2020

The Future of Energy
Daniel Yergin's "The New Map" is a comprehensive look at the world of energy, its past, present and future.

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Sep 15, 2020

The Bumbling 1960s Data Scientists Who Anticipated Facebook and Google
In "If Then," the historian Jill Lepore recounts the story of the Simulmatics Corporation, which tried to use primitive computing power to shape Americans' behavior.

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Sep 15, 2020

The Rebel, the Policeman and a Chase Through Britain and Beyond
Ian McGuire's historical novel "The Abstainer" pits an Irish separatist against a police constable in 19th-century England.

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Sep 15, 2020

What's Wrong With the Meritocracy
Michael J. Sandel's "The Tyranny of Merit" examines the damage our current meritocratic system is doing to the country.

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Sep 15, 2020

How a Million Refugees Became Postwar Pawns of the Allies
David Nasaw's "The Last Million" tells the painful story of displaced persons after World War II who had nowhere to go.

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Sep 15, 2020

A Separate and Unequal System of College Admissions
"Who Gets In and Why" and "Unacceptable" detail how admissions is rigged in favor of the privileged and how it was gamed even further.

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Sep 15, 2020

In Memoirs, Two Reporters Plumb Their Latina Identity and Heritage
Ilia Calderón ("My Time to Speak") and Maria Hinojosa ("Once I Was You") tell different stories with a common theme: the need for a deeper, more nuanced conversation about race.

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Sep 15, 2020

New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Dan Rather to Black Lives Matter
A selection of recent audiobooks of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Sep 15, 2020

One of the Most Perilous Jobs in Government
As Chris Whipple shows in "The Spymasters," the heads of the Central Intelligence Agency have often been more beleaguered than omnipotent.

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Sep 15, 2020

What It Means to Be the ‘Token' Black Kid in a Rich, White World
In "Greyboy," Cole Brown recounts the lives of privileged outsiders, himself among them.

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Sep 15, 2020

Matthew Yglesias Thinks There Should Be ‘One Billion Americans'
In his new book, the journalist and co-founder of Vox argues that dramatic population growth could revitalize the nation.

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Sep 15, 2020

Michael Ian Black Has Some Wisdom for His Son (and Maybe for Yours)
In "A Better Man," the comedian proposes a sincere vision for modern masculinity.

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Sep 15, 2020

The Housewife Who Was a Spy
Ben Macintyre's "Agent Sonya" recounts the story of a woman who passed along atomic secrets when she wasn't raising her family in the Cotswolds.

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Sep 14, 2020

An Unflinching Child's-Eye View of Sexual Abuse
The 10-year-old narrator of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's "Fighting Words" eases her way into sharing the awful truth of what she and her sister survived.

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Sep 14, 2020

In Jorie Graham's Poetry, the End of Days and the Pleasures of the Flow
"Runaway," Graham's 15th collection, considers the apocalypse, beautifully.

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Sep 14, 2020

Walt Whitman, Poet of a Contradictory America
During the Civil War era, the writer emerged as an emblem of the country's dissonance. Now, in the midst of another all-consuming national crisis, his work feels uncannily relevant.

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Sep 14, 2020

What if We Pursued Vigilante Justice on Reality TV?
In "Payback," the veteran novelist Mary Gordon gives score-settling a modern twist.

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Sep 14, 2020

With Wit and Anger, Ayad Akhtar Addresses What It Means to Be American
"Homeland Elegies," a novel that draws heavily on elements of memoir, is the story of a son and his immigrant father that has echoes of "The Great Gatsby."

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Sep 13, 2020

Florence Howe, ‘Mother of Women's Studies,' Dies at 91
In 1970, she helped found the Feminist Press. It was hailed for making available "a legacy of writings by and about women."

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Sep 13, 2020

A New Look at the Often Barely United States
Richard Kreitner talks about "Break It Up," his new book about deep divisions and secessionist movements throughout American history.

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Sep 12, 2020

Why Are We in the West So Weird? A Theory
In his groundbreaking new book, "The WEIRDest People in the World," the anthropologist Joseph Henrich argues that people from Western countries have a unique psychology.

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Sep 11, 2020

Shere Hite, Who Challenged Myths of Female Sexuality, Dies at 77
Her 1976 book, ‘The Hite Report,' touched off ‘a revolution in the bedroom' and has sold tens of millions of copies. But harsh criticism drove her to self-exile in Europe.

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Sep 11, 2020

Bodies of Evidence
In her new Crime column, Marilyn Stasio ranges from an Alpine chalet to the sunny streets of Los Angeles to the venerable British city of Bath.

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Sep 11, 2020

Brian Stelter on Fox News and Reed Hastings on Netflix
Stelter talks about "Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth" and Reed Hastings discusses "No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention."

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Sep 11, 2020

A Book About Nature That Is So Much More
In "World of Wonders" the poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil tells stories of her life through the natural world that surrounded her and gave her solace.

New York Times Books
Sep 11, 2020

Stories of Then That Still Hold Up Now
Margaret Atwood, Héctor Tobar, Thomas Mallon and Brenda Wineapple on older political novels they admire that have a lot to say about the world today.

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