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Mar 07, 2021

These Gay Men Frequented Manhattan Piano Bars. So Did Their Killer.
"Last Call," by Elon Green, retraces the murders of four men by a serial killer in the 1990s, at a time when gay men felt pressured to hide their sexuality and were often the victims of homophobia.

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Mar 06, 2021

Book Review: ‘Infinite Country,' by Patricia Engel
"Infinite Country," by Patricia Engel, follows a mixed-status exodus across the American border.

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Mar 06, 2021

Hanging With the Mythbusters at Mount Olympus Junior High
In "Oh My Gods!" by Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick and Juliana Moon, the new girl gets to sit at the cool kids' table. (Her father is Zeus.)

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Mar 06, 2021

Star-Crossed Friends in Ancient Greece
Unbeknown to them, a spoiled girl and an enslaved boy share an immutable connection in Laura Amy Schlitz's "Amber & Clay."

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Mar 05, 2021

The American Academy of Arts and Letters Unveils Expanded Roster
For the first time in more than a century, the society is adding new spots for members, with a diverse group of cultural figures.

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Mar 05, 2021

Kazuo Ishiguro and Friendship With Machines
Radhika Jones discusses Ishiguro's "Klara and the Sun," and Mark Harris talks about "Mike Nichols: A Life."

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Mar 05, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II, Amateur Detective
This week's crime fiction column includes SJ Bennett's new novel, "The Windsor Knot," in which the monarch investigates a murder at Windsor Castle.

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Mar 05, 2021

Naomi Rosenblum, Historian of Photography, Dies at 96
Her seminal works brought scholarship to the field and helped develop appreciation for it as a creative art form.

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Mar 05, 2021

‘Infinite Country,' by Patricia Engel: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Infinite Country," by Patricia Engel

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Mar 05, 2021

The Very Brief Friendship of Maxim Gorky and Mark Twain
When the revolutionary writer arrived in New York City, he slammed headfirst into a scandal.

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Mar 05, 2021

The Everyday Chemicals That Might Be Leading Us to Our Extinction
In "Count Down," Shanna Swan tells a story of declining sperm count, rising infertility and the possible extinction of the human species.

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Mar 05, 2021

New in Paperback: ‘Thinking Inside the Box' and ‘The Mountains Sing'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Mar 05, 2021

In This Novel, Immigration Status Is Part of the Family Drama
"Infinite Country," by Patricia Engel, follows a mixed-status exodus across the American border.

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Mar 05, 2021

Kink, Frankenstein and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Mar 04, 2021

Revisiting Octavia Butler, a Science Fiction Pioneer
Stephen Kearse talks about the groundbreaking writer and offers a guide to reading her work.

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Mar 04, 2021

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

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Mar 04, 2021

Book Review: ‘Who Is Maud Dixon,' by Alexandra Andrews
Alexandra Andrews's debut novel follows a Machiavellian aspiring writer who becomes entangled in her work for a best-selling fiction writer.

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Mar 04, 2021

The Artists Dismantling the Barriers Between Rap and Poetry
Though the two forms remain distinct, today's rising stars in both genres are creating a shared literary ideal that gives voice to the Black and brown experience.

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Mar 04, 2021

Finding Refuge, and a Snowy Owl, in Central Park
When pandemic New York seemed at its most surreal, the park, with its abundant wildlife and familiar progression of the seasons, offered a vision of normal life to a book critic who wandered it daily.

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Mar 04, 2021

Dr. Seuss Books Are Pulled, and a ‘Cancel Culture' Controversy Erupts
The beloved author's most famous books, like "Green Eggs and Ham," were untouched, but his estate's decision nevertheless prompted a backlash and raised questions about what should be preserved as part of the cultural record.

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Mar 04, 2021

Poem: Pale Colors in a Tall Field
Carl Phillips turns loss into more than another sad song, into sorrow, which feels heavier and seems to matter more.

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Mar 04, 2021

Heather McGhee Knows Readers Judge Books by Their Covers
The author of "The Sum of Us" did not want her new best seller to look like a book that was only intended for one kind of reader.

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Mar 04, 2021

‘Her Prose Is Sometimes Poetry': Why Margaret Jull Costa Loves Virginia Woolf
"She's such a compassionate describer of her characters with all their flaws."

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Mar 03, 2021

Emily Nemens Departs as Paris Review Editor
Named to the top job in 2018, her resignation follows a handful of personnel changes at literary publications.

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Mar 03, 2021

Derek DelGaudio and the Great Unburdening of Secrets
The magician explains how he worked up to "In & Of Itself" in a new memoir, "Amoralman," a prequel of sorts to the show.

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Mar 03, 2021

The Panic of the 30-Somethings, and More
Three new essay collections survey the range of anxieties that befall us today.

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Mar 03, 2021

Keanu Reeves Comic Book Arrives Wednesday
BRZRKR, a new comic book created and co-written by the actor, has a character who looks a lot like him. It's also receiving high orders from comic-book shops.

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Mar 03, 2021

In ‘Who Is Maud Dixon?,' a Dream Job Leads to a Twisty Nightmare
Alexandra Andrews's debut novel follows a Machiavellian aspiring writer who becomes entangled in her work for a best-selling fiction writer.

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Mar 02, 2021

How ‘Lolita' Escaped Obscenity Laws and Cancel Culture
Emily Mortimer, who grew up with a prominent free-speech advocate before becoming an actress and screenwriter, has some ideas.

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Mar 02, 2021

Margaret Maron, Acclaimed Mystery Writer, Dies at 82
She was known for two book series centered on complex female characters, and for stories that illuminated her native North Carolina.

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Mar 02, 2021

The Performance of Racial Passing
Though Nella Larsen's classic 1929 novel is understood to be a tragedy, it also exposes race to be something of a farce.

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Mar 02, 2021

Inside the Mind of an Islamic Extremist
With the novel "Khalil," the former Algerian Army officer who writes as Yasmina Khadra examines the roots of radicalization.

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Mar 02, 2021

From 1619 to the Year 3020, and Every Podcast in Between
New audiobooks from Ibram X. Kendi, George Saunders, Charles Yu and more.

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Mar 02, 2021

Book Review: ‘Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency'
In their new book, the journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes recount how Biden's campaign overcame a number of moments when its chances were nearly sunk.

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Mar 02, 2021

6 Dr. Seuss Books Will No Longer Be Published Over Offensive Images
The company that oversees the children's author's estate said that the titles contained depictions of groups that were "hurtful and wrong."

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Mar 02, 2021

Book Review: ‘Later,' by Stephen King
Stephen King's new novel, "Later," is something of a hybrid of genres: part detective tale, part thriller, with a horror story filling in the seams.

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Mar 02, 2021

‘The Committed,' by Viet Thanh Nguyen: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Committed," by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Mar 02, 2021

How the Cookbooks of 2020 Tell the Stories of Our Pandemic Kitchens
From beans and baking projects to vegan and global recipes, the year's best sellers show the ways home kitchens pivoted, and what may lie ahead.

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Mar 02, 2021

Book Review: ‘Foregone,' by Russell Banks
In "Foregone," by Russell Banks, an aging filmmaker reveals to his wife and the world secrets about his past.

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Mar 02, 2021

Four Debut Novels Follow Strivers and Survivors
"Black Buck," "The Bad Muslim Discount," "Abundance" and "The Scapegoat" feature characters navigating the hustle and mysteries of American life.

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Mar 02, 2021

Book Review: ‘Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer,' by Jamie Figueroa
Jamie Figueroa's debut novel, "Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer," is a ghost story set in the tropics, centered on a broken family traumatized by foreign forces.

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Mar 02, 2021

Should Black Northerners Move Back to the South?
In "The Devil You Know," Charles M. Blow argues for a Great Migration in reverse, so that Black people can exercise political power across the South.

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Mar 02, 2021

Book Review: ‘Burnt Sugar,' by Avni Doshi
"Burnt Sugar," a debut novel by Avni Doshi, depicts a particularly intense mother-daughter relationship — from the tormented daughter's point of view.

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Mar 02, 2021

How to Help Endangered and Impoverished Peoples
Séverine Autessere's "The Frontlines of Peace" is a biting account of the humanitarian aid industry by a worker who was on the ground.

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Mar 02, 2021

New & Noteworthy Poetry, From Beethoven to Armageddon
A selection of recent poetry of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Mar 02, 2021

Translating a Book Caught Between Two Languages
"An I-Novel," by the Japanese writer Minae Mizumura, posed unusual challenges for the English-language translator.

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Mar 02, 2021

Now You See It: A Magician's Memoir Promises Truth and Other Lies
In "Amoralman," the sleight-of-hand artist Derek DelGaudio turns to philosophy in an attempt to understand the nature of reality and deception.

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Mar 02, 2021

Exposing Shady Gold Traders, Illegal Gun Traffickers and Government Lies
Three new books by investigative journalists tackle unsavory and dangerous spheres of human activity.

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Mar 02, 2021

Book Review: ‘What's Mine and Yours,' by Naima Coster
In her new novel, Naima Coster shows how integration sparks a connection that lasts for generations.

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Mar 02, 2021

Book Review: ‘The Barbizon,' by Paulina Bren
"The Barbizon," by Paulina Bren, tells the story of New York's most celebrated all-female hotel and the aspiring writers, actresses and working women who stayed there.

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Mar 01, 2021

Can We Patch Up the Natural World We've Hurt?
In "Under a White Sky," Elizabeth Kolbert explores the human efforts to confront the effects of climate change, and all their unintended consequences.

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Mar 01, 2021

Lawrence Otis Graham, 59, Dies; Explored Race and Class in Black America
An Ivy League-trained lawyer, he rose to prominence in the 1990s by examining the tensions that surround Black achievement and wealth.

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Mar 01, 2021

Book Review: ‘The Empathy Diaries,' by Sherry Turkle
In her memoir, Sherry Turkle evokes her childhood in postwar Brooklyn, the intellectual atmosphere at Radcliffe and Harvard in the late 1960s and much more.

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Mar 01, 2021

His Books Inspired Lovestruck Teens to Put Locks on Bridges
Federico Moccia, the Italian writer likened to Nicholas Sparks and John Green, is releasing his Rome Novels in English for the first time.

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Mar 01, 2021

New Thrillers That Glitter With Malice
Tired of winter? All three of these novels are guaranteed to give you a different kind of chill.

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Feb 27, 2021

Heroines of Self-Hate
What's with all the female literary characters who can't stand themselves?

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Feb 27, 2021

Heroines of Self-Loathing
What's with all the female literary characters who can't stand themselves?

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Feb 27, 2021

Out of the Wardrobe
With echoes of Narnia, David Levithan's "The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S." flips the script on traditional portal fiction.

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Feb 27, 2021

Latina Girls Dreaming
"Latinitas," by Juliet Menéndez, introduces young readers to 40 Latina trailblazers, from the 17th century to the present, as children at play.

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Feb 26, 2021

Book Review: 'The Smash-Up,' by Ali Benjamin
In her new novel, "The Smash-Up," Ali Benjamin takes readers on an exhilarating ride through a crisis propelled by real-life events.

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Feb 26, 2021

Celebrating 125 Years of the Book Review With a Quiz
The archive of the Book Review is rich with fun and games.

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Feb 26, 2021

Lauren Oyler Talks About Deception Online
Oyler discusses her debut novel, "Fake Accounts," and Stephen Kearse talks about the work of Octavia Butler.

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Feb 26, 2021

Reviewing the Book Review
As the publication celebrates its 125th anniversary, Parul Sehgal, a staff critic and former editor at the Book Review, delves into the archives to critically examine its legacy in full.

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Feb 26, 2021

'Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke' by Andrew Maraniss: An Excerpt
An excerpt from a new book that examines the vibrant life, and untimely death, of Glenn Burke, baseball's first openly gay player.

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Feb 26, 2021

A Critic of Technology Turns Her Gaze Inward
Sherry Turkle is best known for exploring the dysfunctional relationships between humans and their screens. She takes on a new focus — herself — in her memoir, "The Empathy Diaries."

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Feb 26, 2021

Aliens, Book Organizing Tricks and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Feb 26, 2021

Murder, Mayhem and Menace: New Crime Fiction
In these novels, bodies disappear, swallowed by sinkholes and forests.

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Feb 26, 2021

His Debut Novel Won the Pulitzer. Now It Has an Action-Packed Sequel.
In "The Committed," a follow-up to "The Sympathizer," Viet Thanh Nguyen's nameless spy navigates a Paris underworld rife with drug deals, violence and colonialism's ghosts.

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Feb 26, 2021

New in Paperback: ‘Real Life' and ‘A Game of Birds and Wolves'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Feb 26, 2021

5 Picture Books About the Wonders of Science
Fossils, flowers, galaxies and a rare "lefty" snail.

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Feb 25, 2021

13 Y.A. Books to Add to Your Reading List This Spring
A retelling of "The Great Gatsby," a healer fighting for her freedom and more: Here are 13 upcoming Y.A. titles you won't want to miss this spring.

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

What Happens When a Publisher Becomes a Megapublisher?
The merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has the potential to touch every part of the industry, including how much authors get paid and how bookstores are run.

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Feb 25, 2021

Poem: A New Day Dawns
A poem that makes you wonder: How is it a flag can divide and unite a people?

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Feb 25, 2021

Searching for Our Urban Future in the Ruins of the Past
In "Four Lost Cities," Annalee Newitz explores the fates of four cities lost to time to better understand what leads urban environments to decay.

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Feb 25, 2021

To Light Up a Dark Time, Effervescent Poems of New York City
Alex Dimitrov's third collection, "Love and Other Poems," delivers a burst of energy and a happy reminder of Frank O'Hara's work.

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Feb 25, 2021

This Indigenous Author and Artist Team Have an Important Message
Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade collaborated on "We Are Water Protectors." The rest is history.

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Feb 25, 2021

Ibram X. Kendi Likes to Read at Bedtime
"I don't remember the last time the pages of a book were not the final thing I saw before departing off for sleep."

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Feb 24, 2021

A Writer Shakes Her Family Tree, and Cherishes Every Leaf
Maria Stepanova's "In Memory of Memory" looks to the lives of her ancestors, and celebrates their very "ordinariness."

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Feb 24, 2021

Memoir by Amos Oz's Daughter Divides Family and Shocks Israel
"He told me I was filth," Galia Oz writes in her book, "Something Disguised as Love," among other accusations of physical and emotional abuse. Her mother and siblings have defended their late father.

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Feb 24, 2021

In ‘Summer Brother,' Sibling Bonding During a Season of Turmoil
In Jaap Robben's "Summer Brother," a 13-year-old finds himself the default caregiver for his severely disabled brother. His dad's a swindler. The bills are due. Disaster is inevitable.

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Feb 24, 2021

Why Baseball Is Obsessed With the Book 'Thinking, Fast and Slow'
A psychology book by a Nobel Prize-winning author has become a must-read in front offices. It is changing the sport.

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Feb 24, 2021

16 New Books to Watch For in March
Long-awaited novels from Kazuo Ishiguro, Imbolo Mbue and Viet Thanh Nguyen, a publishing-house caper, Stephen King's latest and more.

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Feb 24, 2021

He Planted a Bomb That Never Went Off. He Was Executed Anyway.
"Tomorrow They Won't Dare to Murder Us," by Joseph Andras, revisits a thorny episode in the Algerian war of independence.

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Feb 24, 2021

It's Tom Stoppard's World and We Don't Live in It
The playwright David Ives reviews Hermione Lee's latest biography, "Tom Stoppard," which meticulously recounts an extraordinary life.

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Feb 23, 2021

Book Review: ‘The Sum of Us,' by Heather McGhee
Heather McGhee's compassionate but cleareyed book argues that divide-and-conquer tactics have left all Americans worse off.

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Feb 23, 2021

Book Review: ‘Klara and the Sun,' by Kazuo Ishiguro
"Klara and the Sun," the eighth novel by the Nobel laureate, portrays a near future of sinister portent, in which artificial intelligence has encroached on every sphere of human existence.

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Feb 23, 2021

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101
An unapologetic proponent of "poetry as insurgent art," he was also a publisher and the owner of the celebrated San Francisco bookstore City Lights.

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Feb 23, 2021

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny to Write Political Thriller
"State of Terror," set for release in October, is about a secretary of state confronting terrorism threats and a weakened nation.

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Feb 23, 2021

Pigeons: Nuisance Animals, or Expert Accomplices in Diamond Smuggling?
In "Flight of the Diamond Smugglers," Matthew Gavin Frank details the surprising role pigeons play in South African diamond smuggling.

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Feb 23, 2021

‘The Smash-Up,' by Ali Benjamin: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Smash-Up," by Ali Benjamin

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Feb 23, 2021

Kazuo Ishiguro Sees What the Future Is Doing to Us
With his new novel, the Nobel Prize-winner reaffirms himself as our most profound observer of human fragility in the technological era.

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Feb 23, 2021

Rage Sets a Couple on a Collision Course. Who Will Absorb the Impact?
In her new novel, "The Smash-Up," Ali Benjamin takes readers on an exhilarating ride through a crisis propelled by real-life events.

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Feb 23, 2021

The Merit, Thrills, Boredom and Fear of Police Work
"Tangled Up in Blue," by Rosa Brooks, and "We Own This City," by Justin Fenton, take readers inside two police forces (in Washington and Baltimore) to examine a complicated culture.

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Feb 23, 2021

The Life of a Soldier
New books look at what it was like to be in the Roman military 2,000 years ago and in the American military today.

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Feb 23, 2021

They Were Black. Their Parents Were White. Growing Up Was Complicated.
"Raceless," by Georgina Lawton, and "Surviving The White Gaze," by Rebecca Carroll, follow two Black women who discover their racial identity after a childhood separated from their heritage.

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Feb 23, 2021

True Crime Gets Its Close-Up
In "Two Truths and a Lie," "Confident Women" and "The Officer's Daughter," readers feel the aftershocks of felonies and malfeasances.

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Feb 23, 2021

A Drug-Fueled New York City Bacchanal and the Lives It Changed
The protagonist of Jack Livings's novel, "The Blizzard Party," recalls the late-1970s blowout bash in an Upper West Side penthouse that marked her and her family forever.

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Feb 23, 2021

New & Noteworthy, From Isabel Allende to Robert Walser
A selection of recent titles of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Feb 23, 2021

Growing Up With a Revolution, and a Mystic Grandmother
"The Bone Fire," by Gyorgy Dragoman, follows a 13-year-old girl as she navigates political upheaval and an uncanny world.

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