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Aug 20, 2019

Recalling a Time When Books Could Give You Indigestion
In "What We Talk About When We Talk About Books," the book historian Leah Price tries to contextualize our current anxieties about books and reading by turning to the past.

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Aug 20, 2019

8 New Comic Book Series for the End of Summer
The season may be winding down, but things are heating up for comics fans, with unusual plot lines and new kinds of heroes.

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Aug 20, 2019

A Biography of Oliver Sacks, Written by His Boswell
In "And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?" Lawrence Weschler writes a "biographical memoir," covering over three decades of his relationship with the famed neurologist.

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Aug 20, 2019

It's Not Always Excellent to Be Jamie Oliver
Twenty years after he vaulted to fame, the brash British chef, TV star and cookbook author has lost his restaurant empire — but not his taste for hard work.

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Aug 20, 2019

When Violent Crime Is Your Fixation
In "Savage Appetites," the journalist Rachel Monroe investigates a peculiarly female attraction to murder cases.

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Aug 20, 2019

When Providing for Your Family Means Leaving It Behind
Jason DeParle's "A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves" is a deeply reported look at global migration centered on the experiences of a single Filipino family over the course of 30 years.

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Aug 20, 2019

Restaurant History, All the Way Back to the Bronze Age
A new book takes a looser definition of "restaurant" to explore global roots.

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Aug 20, 2019

Two Views of the Tumult on American Campuses
Michael S. Roth's "Safe Enough Spaces" and Andrew Kronman's "The Assault on American Excellence" differ on the battles roiling universities.

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Aug 20, 2019

Fighting Racism Even, and Especially, Where We Don't Realize It Exists
In "How to Be an Antiracist," the scholar Ibram X. Kendi scrutinizes himself and the rest of us for lessons on how to eradicate the scourge of racism.

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Aug 20, 2019

First He Imagined a Town Founded by Rebel Slaves. Now He's Exploring the Lives There.
In the story collection "The World Doesn't Require You," Rion Amilcar Scott witnesses the moral complexities of black masculinity in America.

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Aug 20, 2019

Living in Extreme Isolation: Is It Possible Without Going Mad?
Alix Nathan's novel "The Warlow Experiment" is based on a true story about an 18th-century Englishman's test of the ability to survive absolute solitude.

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Aug 20, 2019

New & Noteworthy Poetry From James Tate, Jana Prikryl and More
A selection of recent poetry books; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Aug 19, 2019

Myrna Katz Frommer, 80, Dies; Oral Historian of Catskills and Brooklyn
She collaborated with her husband, Harvey, on "It Happened in the Catskills" and other histories told in the voices of the people who were there.

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Aug 19, 2019

Pirates, Slavers and Poachers: Violence on the High Seas
"The Outlaw Ocean," the journalist Ian Urbina's chronicle of offshore crime, ranges from Somalia to the Philippines to the Antarctic.

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Aug 19, 2019

Paging Big Brother: In Amazon's Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite
As fake and illegitimate texts proliferate online, books are becoming a form of misinformation. The author of "1984" would not be surprised.

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Aug 19, 2019

With ‘Doxology,' Nell Zink Delivers Her Most Ambitious and Expansive Novel Yet
Zink's latest, about two generations of an American family, offers a portrait of the downtown New York music scene of the late 1980s as well as a subversive history of modern American politics.

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Aug 18, 2019

In Pittsburgh, a Bookstore Where ‘Freewheeling Curiosity' Reigns
At a shop that at times functioned as a sanctuary after the Tree of Life shooting, the owner sees his job as "a moral obligation."

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Aug 18, 2019

The Week in Books
Téa Obreht's new novel, Barack Obama's summer reading list and more.

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Aug 17, 2019

‘The Last Ocean' Considers Dementia in All Its Uncertainty
Nicci Gerrard wrote about the disease after it struck her father, but her new book is "full of other people's voices and stories as well as my own."

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Aug 16, 2019

Paule Marshall, Influential Black Novelist, Dies at 90
A child of Barbadian immigrants, Ms. Marshall drew on her upbringing to animate the lives of her characters, many of them strong women.

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Aug 16, 2019

What Book Does Ruth Ware Call ‘Truly Terrifying'?
Ware — whose new thriller, "The Turn of the Key," enters the list this week at No. 3 — loves haunted-house novels, especially "The Haunting of Hill House."

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Aug 16, 2019

Jia Tolentino on Life With the Internet
Tolentino talks about "Trick Mirror," and John Taliaferro discusses "Grinnell," his biography of a pioneering conservationist.

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Aug 16, 2019

Debut Novels About Families Fractured by Abuse, Displacement or Death
From Düsseldorf to Paris, Cape Cod to the Sierra Nevada, these four debut novels reveal the range and the universality of loss.

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Aug 16, 2019

For ‘Diagnosis' Show, Dr. Lisa Sanders Lets Times Readers Around the World Join in the Detective Work
A Times Magazine columnist credits Sherlock Holmes and global crowdsourcing with helping her solve patients' mysterious ailments.

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Aug 16, 2019

The Man Who Wrote the Guidebook for Civilian Bomb-Squad Technicians
At War talked to Tom Gersbeck, a retired Marine Corps bomb-disposal officer, who recently published the second edition of his book, "Practical Military Ordnance Identification."

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Aug 16, 2019

The Israeli Children's Book Writer Who Became a Witch
The illustrator and graphic novelist Rutu Modan offers a homage to Leah Goldberg, one of Israel's most celebrated poets and children's authors.

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Aug 16, 2019

Emojis Are Language Too: A Linguist Says Internet-Speak Isn't Such a Bad Thing
In "Because Internet," Gretchen McCulloch explains the accelerated evolution of the English language.

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Aug 16, 2019

New in Paperback: ‘Life in the Garden,' ‘The Mere Wife'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Aug 16, 2019

Revisiting ‘The Tiger's Wife' and the Balkan Wars
In Téa Obreht's 2011 debut novel "The Tiger's Wife," a young doctor untangles the peculiar circumstances of her grandfather's recent death.

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Aug 16, 2019

The Scene of the Crime: A Jury Box?
Marilyn Stasio's Crime column features a serial killer who murders his way onto a jury, a wife creeped out by a robotic double and a nasty mental asylum.

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Aug 16, 2019

Sins of Commission (in Michigan) and Omission (in Spain)
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Aug 15, 2019

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

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Aug 15, 2019

Yoko Ogawa Conjures Spirits in Hiding: ‘I Just Peeked Into Their World and Took Notes'
The Japanese writer, inspired by Anne Frank's diary, sought to "recompose" that experience for her new book "The Memory Police," a dystopian novel about surveillance and erasure.

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Aug 15, 2019

Catch a Buzz With Two New Books About Bugs
In "The Mosquito," Timothy Winegard examines the history of man's "deadliest predator." In "Buzz, Sting, Bite," Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson looks at how insects have shaped human civilization.

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Aug 15, 2019

The Truth About Koch Industries
Christopher Leonard's "Kochland" is a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at how a family-run business in Kansas grew into an economic and political giant.

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Aug 15, 2019

‘Pleasure, Obligation, Curiosity, Inspiration': What's on Marie Arana's Nightstand
Among other things, the author of "Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story" is reading a novel based on a juicy scandal in her own family.

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Aug 15, 2019

‘Read Receipts' On: Two Dystopian Novels Predict the Surveillance State
Caleb Crain's "Overthrow" and Yoko Ogawa's "The Memory Police" tell of not-too-distant futures in which our entire lives are monitored.

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Aug 15, 2019

Can the American West Be Saved?
Two new books — Anthony McCann's "Shadowlands" and Christopher Ketcham's "This Land" — explore the forces shrinking the open expanse and destroying unbridled nature out West.

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Aug 15, 2019

Tales on Two Wheels: Cycling in Fact and Fiction
From mountain slopes to city streets, four new books celebrate the pleasures and perils of pedaling your way through life.

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Aug 14, 2019

Obama Shares His Summer Reading List
The former president recommended new books by Téa Obreht and Colson Whitehead, as well as well-known works by Hilary Mantel and Toni Morrison.

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Aug 14, 2019

A Unique and Affecting Memoir Combines Grief and Mushrooms
In "The Way Through the Woods," Long Litt Woon writes about diving into an obsession with learning about the fungi, and how it helped her mourn for her husband and embrace life again.

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Aug 14, 2019

National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants
This round of funding, the final for the fiscal year, totals $29 million and will support 215 projects across the country.

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Aug 13, 2019

No Rest for This Teenage Mercy Killer
Tired of bringing death to the victims of a plague, the heroine of Margaret Owen's ‘The Merciful Crow' is out to restore her land's rightful prince.

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Aug 13, 2019

A Lifetime at a Church, Filled With Faith and Drama
Cara Wall's novel, "The Dearly Beloved," is the story of two ministers and their wives, as their lives intertwine over the decades, in love and religious devotion.

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Aug 13, 2019

Coming of Age Amid a Limbo of Prejudice and Restriction
A Chinese-American teenager in Gilded Age Atlanta takes on a secret identity as an advice columnist in Stacey Lee's "The Downstairs Girl."

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Aug 13, 2019

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
Summer's notable horror fiction includes a story collection and a novel from Paul Tremblay.

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Aug 13, 2019

New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Ernest Hemingway to the Baby-Sitters Club
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Aug 13, 2019

From the Country's New Poet Laureate, Poems Reclaiming Tribal Culture
In "An American Sunrise," Joy Harjo draws on her Muscogee Creek heritage to celebrate indigenous traditions and to mourn their passing.

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Aug 13, 2019

A Coming-of-Age as American as Apple Pie
Tupelo Hassman's novel "Gods With a Little G" pits a young girl's self-discovery against her evangelical Christian surroundings.

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Aug 13, 2019

Fighting Harassers and Stalkers on the Web, in Court and in Print
"Nobody's Victim," by the lawyer Carrie Goldberg, and "Consent," by Donna Freitas, recount the authors' personal experiences with sexual harassment and its lasting trauma.

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Aug 13, 2019

This Heroine's Kind of a Female Millennial Thoreau
In Amanda Goldblatt's debut novel, "Hard Mouth," an aimless 20-something escapes family tragedy in the wilderness.

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Aug 13, 2019

‘Kochland' Measures the Reach of a Politically Influential Corporate Giant
In his new book, Christopher Leonard offers a deeply reported look at the enormous energy conglomerate and its corporate and political objectives.

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Aug 13, 2019

What Makes a Red Sky at Night (and at Morning)
An author and cartoonist explains how it happens and why sailors care.

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Aug 12, 2019

Lee Bennett Hopkins, Champion of Poetry for Children, Dies at 81
In the scores of anthologies he compiled and in his own writing, he sought to teach and expand young imaginations through verse.

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Aug 12, 2019

‘I Just Peeked Into Their World and Took Notes': Yoko Ogawa Conjures Spirits in Hiding
The Japanese writer, inspired by Anne Frank's diary, sought to "recompose" that experience for her new book "The Memory Police," a dystopian novel about surveillance and erasure.

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Aug 12, 2019

Back-to-School Picture Books to Brighten Any Kid's First Day
Ready or not, Mo Willems's Pigeon joins a cavalcade of kids, creatures and teachers heading to the classroom for the first time.

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Aug 12, 2019

‘The Lightning Thief' to Open on Broadway in September
The beloved Percy Jackson musical will have a limited run at Longacre Theater.

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Aug 12, 2019

Téa Obreht Reinvents the Western Novel — and Brings Camels
Obreht burst onto the literary scene in 2011 with "The Tiger's Wife." Her new novel, "Inland," features a resolute heroine and an immigrant outlaw.

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Aug 12, 2019

One by One, Her Neighbors Are Dying. An Elderly Polish Woman Is on the Case.
Olga Tokarczuk's "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" is a funny and philosophically complex whodunit.

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Aug 11, 2019

J.D. Salinger, E-Book Holdout, Joins the Digital Revolution
"The Catcher in the Rye" and other Salinger novels are coming out in digital formats, and the writer's son plans to release more from his archives.

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Aug 10, 2019

Sister Helen Prejean Explains It All for You
At 80, she is publishing a memoir about her social activism.

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Aug 09, 2019

Toni Morrison's Legacy
Parul Sehgal, Dwight Garner and Wesley Morris talk about Morrison's career, and Sarah M. Broom discusses her debut memoir, "The Yellow House."

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Aug 09, 2019

Books to Ease the Transition to Middle School
In Pablo Cartaya's ‘Each Tiny Spark,' Carolyn Mackler's ‘Not if I Can Help It' and Kristin Mahoney's ‘The 47 People You'll Meet in Middle School,' kids navigate the toughest crossing.

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Aug 09, 2019

After Hurricane Katrina, How Do You Return Home When Home No Longer Exists?
Sarah M. Broom's memoir, "The Yellow House," erects a textual record of a house destroyed — and of the lives lived within it.

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Aug 09, 2019

What Were People Reading in the Summer of '69?
Fifty years ago, novels by Jacqueline Susann, Mario Puzo and Philip Roth topped the best-seller list.

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Aug 09, 2019

A Graphic Novel About Love and Acrobats — From 1930
The radical cartoonist William Gropper's "Alay-Oop," newly reissued, can be appreciated as a very early example of the graphic novel.

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Aug 09, 2019

New in Paperback: ‘Give Me Your Hand,' ‘The Seas'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Aug 09, 2019

Looking Back at a Hospital Devastated by Hurricane Katrina
In 2013, Sherwin B. Nuland wrote for the Book Review about Sheri Fink's "Five Days at Memorial," which depicted the crisis at a New Orleans hospital devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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Aug 09, 2019

Téa Obreht Follows Up an Acclaimed Debut With a Visit to the Old West
"Inland," set in the rowdy lands of the Arizona Territory during the 1890s, weaves together the story of a frontierswoman with that of a wanted murderer and his camel.

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Aug 09, 2019

Remembering Raymond Chandler and Defending Ruth Rendell
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Aug 08, 2019

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

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Aug 08, 2019

Can You Make a Page-Turning Thriller Out of the Ebola Crisis?
In "Crisis in the Red Zone," Richard Preston recounts how Ebola broke out in West Africa in 2014 and what it meant for those desperate to treat the infected.

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Aug 08, 2019

In Praise of Samuel R. Delany
The author of "Dhalgren" and dozens of other books "gives readers fiction that reflects and explores the social truths of our world," the novelist Jordy Rosenberg writes.

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Aug 08, 2019

Can Britain's Top Bookseller Save Barnes & Noble?
James Daunt fought Amazon and rescued the country's biggest bookstore chain. Now comes Chapter 2.

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Aug 07, 2019

Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Others React to Toni Morrison's Death
"I grew up wanting to be only her," Shonda Rhimes said.

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Aug 07, 2019

Toni Morrison: ‘Goodness: Altruism and the Literary Imagination'
The Nobel laureate spoke at Harvard Divinity School on the subject of altruism in 2012. Her lecture is published here for the first time.

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Aug 07, 2019

A Bawdy Novel Considers the Tragic Absurdities of Lebanon's Civil War
"Beirut Hellfire Society," by Rawi Hage, features a 20-year-old undertaker and a secret association of hedonists. There are also talking dogs.

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Aug 07, 2019

A Yearslong Battle Over Kafka's Legacy Ends in Jerusalem
The arrival in Israel of a final batch of the writer's documents serves as a coda to a legal saga that many compared to a Kafka novel.

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Aug 07, 2019

Toni Morrison Taught Me How to Think
When I was 11, my mother told me I wasn't ready. Not for Toni. I tried anyway.

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Aug 07, 2019

‘Scary Stories' Gave Me Nightmares as a Kid. Thank Goodness.
An author looks back on "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," a book series that terrified him as a child and inspired him as an adult.

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Aug 07, 2019

4 Books for a Better Understanding of the Border
Oscar Cásares, whose novel "Where We Come From" is set in an American town bordering Mexico, shares his recommendations.

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Aug 06, 2019

Toni Morrison Dancing: Photos of the Author at Work and Play
Irresistible vitality and intensity were cornerstones of her extraordinary life.

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Aug 06, 2019

What Toni Morrison's Words Meant to Readers
For many of you, her characters, settings and words have had a lasting impact.

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Aug 06, 2019

The Essential Toni Morrison Reader
The Nobel laureate, who has died at 88, left a rich, powerful literary legacy. These are some of her best — and most essential — books.

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Aug 06, 2019

Harvey Frommer, Historian of Sports and New York, Dies at 83
He wrote prolifically, with a focus on the Yankees, while teaching at Dartmouth and collaborating with his wife on New York oral histories.

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Aug 06, 2019

12 of Toni Morrison's Most Memorable Quotes
The author's thoughts on writing, freedom, identity and more.

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Aug 06, 2019

‘How We Weep for Our Beloved': Writers and Thinkers Remember Toni Morrison
Generations of authors, editors and other artists and luminaries pay tribute to "the greatest chronicler of the American experience that we have ever known."

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Aug 06, 2019

Toni Morrison's Most Memorable Quotes
The author's thoughts on writing, freedom, identity and more.

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Aug 06, 2019

Toni Morrison, a Writer of Many Gifts Who Bent Language to Her Will
Readers could sense in Morrison's fiction the influences of Ralph Ellison, the Bible and William Faulkner, among others, but her idiosyncratic music was her own.

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Aug 06, 2019

Beyond the Books: Toni Morrison's Essays and Criticism
The Nobel laureate and author of such novels as "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon" wrote extensively for The New York Times.

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Aug 06, 2019

A Prize-Winning Blend of Fact and Fiction Makes Itself at Home in the Minds of Killers
A horrific crime committed in Italy in 1975 is the inspiration for Edoardo Albinati's "The Catholic School," epic in length but narrow in tone.

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Aug 06, 2019

A Guide to Toni Morrison's Books: ‘Beloved,' ‘The Bluest Eye' and More
The Nobel laureate, who has died at 88, left a rich, powerful literary legacy. These are some of her best — and most essential — books.

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Aug 06, 2019

What Do Toni Morrison's Books Mean to You?
Her powerful language, memorable characters, moving dialogue and vivid descriptions have resonated with generations of readers. Share your memories with us.

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Aug 06, 2019

Toni Morrison, Towering Novelist of the Black Experience, Dies at 88
Ms. Morrison, who wrote "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon," was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel in literature.

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Aug 06, 2019

‘Beloved,' ‘The Bluest Eye,' ‘Sula': The Essential Toni Morrison Reader
The Nobel laureate, who has died at 88, left a rich, powerful literary legacy. These are some of her best — and most essential — books.

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Aug 06, 2019

Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved' Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88
Ms. Morrison, who wrote "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon," was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel in Literature.

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Aug 06, 2019

Reading the Hidden Racial Life of American Fiction
In "White Flights," a new collection of essays, the novelist Jess Row plumbs the implicit whiteness of some of our most influential literature.

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Aug 06, 2019

A Memoirist Remembers the Twinkle in Her Father's Eye
In "Travel Light, Move Fast," the fourth volume of Alexandra Fuller's lacerating portrait of her family, she focuses on her loving and lighthearted father, Tim.

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Aug 06, 2019

All in the Family: A Multicultural Memoir
The novelist Susan Straight's "In the Country of Women" celebrates the grit and generosity of a world atlas's worth of female relatives.

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Aug 06, 2019

Thousands of Years Ago, a Different Sort of Brexit
In "Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land," Julia Blackburn seeks traces of Doggerland, which once linked Britain to the Continent.

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