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Jan 23, 2022

How a Nostalgic Novel About Spain's Heartland Joined the Political Fray
Ana Iris Simón wrote "Feria" to depict a way of life she fears is vanishing. She didn't expect its message to be embraced by conservatives in her country.

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Jan 23, 2022

Weike Wang's Antisocial Novel, ‘Joan Is Okay'
The author of "Chemistry" returns with a wry and awkward heroine who prefers the company of machines to her fellow humans.

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Jan 21, 2022

The Chinese Language Revolution
Jing Tsu talks about "Kingdom of Characters," and Kathryn Schulz discusses "Lost and Found."

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Jan 21, 2022

Brian Cox Takes Stock of His Eventful Life on Stage and Screen
In "Putting the Rabbit in the Hat," the actor currently thriving as Logan Roy in "Succession" recounts his Scottish upbringing, his years in the theater and his experiences in Hollywood.

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Jan 21, 2022

Ann Arensberg, Insightful Novelist of Mysteries and Manners, Dies at 84
Her debut novel, "Sister Wolf," won a 1981 National Book Award. Her later books explored the Manhattan theater scene and the New England occult.

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Jan 21, 2022

Two Novelists, Avi and Brian Farrey, Use Fiction to Show Kids Why Facts Matter
"Loyalty" and "The Counterclockwise Heart" — set in 1774 Boston and a fairy-tale kingdom divided against itself — explore how misinformation stokes fear and incites violence.

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Jan 21, 2022

The French Naturalist Who Loved To Paint Mushrooms
Jean-Henri Fabre, known for his popular books on insects, was a man of many hobbies.

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Jan 21, 2022

Four New Crime Novels
Stephen Hunter's new novel, "Targeted," features the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger — who's still a crack shot — in his 12th adventure.

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Jan 21, 2022

From Blood and Phlegm to Alcohol and Defenestration, Novels of Heartache
Fiction by Mina Seçkin, Lisa Harding, Neel Patel and Renée Branum tells of transnational family and loss.

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Jan 21, 2022

New in Paperback: ‘Harlem Shadows' and ‘The Black Church'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Jan 21, 2022

Heroic Outcasts Who Reshaped America
James R. Gaines's "The Fifties" describes a decade when opposition to a stifling national consensus was costly and courageous.

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Jan 21, 2022

Seeking Enlightenment, He Disappeared Into a Hiker's Bermuda Triangle
In "Lost in the Valley of Death," Harley Rustad follows the long and winding road that led Justin Alexander Shetler to India's Parvati Valley.

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Jan 20, 2022

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

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Jan 20, 2022

Michael Schur's Unending Quest to Be Perfect
The comedy writer, known for shows like "Parks and Recreation" and "The Good Place," has a surprising new project: a book about moral philosophy that explores how to be a good person.

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Jan 20, 2022

The Cult of Saint Joan
Daphne Merkin examines her complicated feelings about Joan Didion's writing, iconic status and legacy.

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Jan 20, 2022

Tom McCarthy Thinks the Wrong Kurt Vonnegut Book Is Famous
"I was really disappointed when I read ‘Slaughterhouse-Five,'" says the author of "The Making of Incarnation" and other novels. "But then I read his ‘Mother Night,' and thought it was brilliant."

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Jan 20, 2022

Poem: At Last There Is Yesterday
This poem (in translation) by Wang Yin, a Chinese poet based in Shanghai, aptly captures the slipperiness of time, memory and dreams.

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Jan 20, 2022

Reckoning With Joan Didion, the Archpriestess of Cool
Daphne Merkin examines her complicated feelings about Didion's writing, iconic status and legacy.

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Jan 20, 2022

These Old Hands Have Written New Best Sellers
What do Jacqueline Woodson and Elizabeth George have in common? They're both veteran authors whose books fly off the shelves.

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Jan 19, 2022

What Have You Dreamed About Lately?
Night visions, two years in.

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Jan 19, 2022

They Made the Most of the Opioid Crisis. Until They Didn't.
In "The Hard Sell," the journalist Evan Hughes tells the story of the rise and fall of Insys Therapeutics — and the larger pharmaceutical industry.

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Jan 19, 2022

Thoreau, Emerson and the Town Where Their Thoughts Took Root
"The Transcendentalists and Their World," by Robert A. Gross, focuses on Concord, Mass.

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Jan 19, 2022

In ‘Last Resort,' a Writer Turns a Friend's Story Into a Smash Success
Andrew Lipstein's entertaining debut novel mines comedy from an aspiring author's ethically questionable path to publication.

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Jan 19, 2022

Ali Mitgutsch, Inventive Children's Book Illustrator, Dies at 86
The father of a German genre called Wimmelbuch, he delighted readers with detailed, cartoonish tableaus crammed with jokes and anecdotes.

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Jan 18, 2022

Ali Mitgutsch, Revered German Children's Illustrator, Dies at 86
Known as the father of a genre called Wimmelbuch, he delighted readers with vast, detailed, cartoonish tableaus often crammed with jokes and anecdotes.

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Jan 18, 2022

They Wanted to Write the History of Modern China. But How?
In the historian Jing Tsu's "Kingdom of Characters," the evolution of Chinese writing tells the story of the country's past, present — and future.

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Jan 18, 2022

‘Devil House,' a Confident, Creepy Novel About a Wicked Unsolved Crime
John Darnielle's new novel is about a true-crime writer who moves into a house where notorious murders had occurred decades earlier.

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Jan 18, 2022

Scholars Doubt New Theory on Anne Frank's Betrayal
A new book that names a Jewish notary as a suspect made headlines. Now that World War II and Holocaust experts have had time to review its claims, many doubt the methods and conclusion.

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Jan 18, 2022

A Recovery Journey That Isn't
David Sanchez' debut novel, "All Day Is a Long Time," paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of life with addiction.

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Jan 18, 2022

How the English Language Conquered the World
Rosemary Salomone's "The Rise of English" looks at the economic, social and cultural impact of English around the world.

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Jan 18, 2022

Is Civil War Coming to America?
Two books, "How Civil Wars Start," by Barbara F. Walter, and "The Next Civil War," by Stephen Marche, examine if the United States is facing upheaval.

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Jan 18, 2022

Book Review: Did John F. Kennedy and the Democrats Steal the 1960 Election?
"Campaign of the Century," a new book by Irwin F. Gellman, revives an old contention that Richard Nixon actually won the presidency in 1960.

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Jan 18, 2022

Did John F. Kennedy and the Democrats Steal the 1960 Election?
"Campaign of the Century," a new book by Irwin F. Gellman, revives an old contention that Richard Nixon actually won the presidency in 1960.

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Jan 18, 2022

‘The Kite Runner' Is Coming to Broadway
The 2007 play based on Khaled Hosseini's novel has been widely produced, including on the West End in London. It will come to Broadway in July.

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Jan 18, 2022

‘Admissions,' by Kendra James
Kendra James was a legacy student at Taft, but wasn't made to feel like a member of a proud tradition while she was there.

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Jan 18, 2022

What It's Like to Live Through a Rupture in History
"Free," by Lea Ypi, is a memoir about growing up in Albania amid the fall of communism.

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Jan 18, 2022

Before He Died, the Writer Roberto Calasso Had the Old Testament on His Mind
In "The Book of All Books," the great Italian polymath offers his interpretation of biblical stories.

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Jan 18, 2022

In a Virus-Stricken Future, Humanity Endures Amid the Grief
Sequoia Nagamatsu's debut novel, "How High We Go in the Dark," is an expansive mosaic set in the wake of a devastating virus.

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Jan 18, 2022

How a Boy in Rural Iceland Became a Tool for Global Fascism
"Red Milk," a novel by Sjón, examines a young man's path to neo-Nazism.

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Jan 17, 2022

Book Review: ‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank,' by Rosemary Sullivan
Rosemary Sullivan's book chronicles the search for who might have informed the authorities of Frank's whereabouts.

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Jan 17, 2022

‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank' Gives New Scrutiny to a Cold Case
Rosemary Sullivan's book chronicles the search for who might have informed the authorities of Frank's whereabouts.

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Jan 17, 2022

The Too-Short Evolution of Mac Miller
"Most Dope," a biography by Paul Cantor, offers a tender remembrance of a precocious talent.

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Jan 17, 2022

A Strong New Lead in ‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank'
Rosemary Sullivan's new book chronicles the emergence of a new suspect who might have informed the authorities of Frank's whereabouts.

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Jan 16, 2022

Steve Jenkins, 69, Dies; His Children's Books Brought Science to Life
In plain language, he answered many burning questions: How do you catch a fly? What do animals do the day they're born? How loud is a lion's roar?

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Jan 16, 2022

Bernardine Evaristo Recalls a Life on the Outside
In "Manifesto," the author reflects on art, romance and her multiracial upbringing.

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Jan 16, 2022

Book Review: ‘Manifesto,' by Bernardine Evaristo
In "Manifesto," the author reflects on art, romance and her multiracial upbringing.

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Jan 16, 2022

A Fascinating Page-Turner Made From an Unlikely Subject: Federal Reserve Policy
Christoper Leonard's "The Lords of Easy Money" takes aim at the Fed's decision to inject new money into the banking system.

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Jan 15, 2022

Spiders, Archaeology and Brain Confetti
Our critic recommends old and new books.

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Jan 15, 2022

The Internet Can't Get Enough of Richard Macksey's Library
Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?

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Jan 15, 2022

A Library the Internet Can't Get Enough Of
Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?

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Jan 14, 2022

Terry Teachout, Arts Critic With a Wide Range, Is Dead at 65
He called himself a "well-informed amateur," and he wrote about everything from bluegrass to ballet.

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Jan 14, 2022

Newly Published, From Che Guevara to Sapiens
A selection of books published this week.

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Jan 14, 2022

Markov Chains, Sinclair Lewis and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Jan 14, 2022

Letters to the Editor From Steven Pinker, Jonathan Gottschall, and Others
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Jan 14, 2022

The Girl Detective Goes Digital
The graphic novelist Kristen Radtke imagines Nancy Drew stories if they existed in the age of the internet.

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Jan 14, 2022

Robert Gottlieb on ‘Garbo' and ‘Babbitt'
Gottlieb talks about his own new biography and the work of Sinclair Lewis, and Carl Bernstein discusses "Chasing History."

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Jan 14, 2022

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

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Jan 14, 2022

Newly Published, From Virtual Worlds to a History of Clothing
A selection of books published this week.

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Jan 14, 2022

Mommy Is Going Away for a While
The antiheroine of the moment, in movies like "The Lost Daughter" and novels like "I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness," commits the mother's ultimate sin: abandoning her children.

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Jan 14, 2022

Mommy Is Going Away for Awhile
The antiheroine of the moment, in movies like "The Lost Daughter" and novels like "I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness," commits the mother's ultimate sin: abandoning her children.

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Jan 14, 2022

Book Review: ‘You Don't Know Us Negroes,' by Zora Neale Hurston
A new collection of essays, some appearing here for the first time, reveals the Harlem Renaissance author's intellectual breadth.

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Jan 14, 2022

Hope Gained and Lost, in New Fiction From Around the World
In novels from Ireland, Sweden and Japan: tales of terminal illness, a gruesome murder and time travel.

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Jan 14, 2022

New in Paperback: ‘Made in China' and ‘Better Luck Next Time'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Jan 14, 2022

Two High-Powered Black Attorneys Confront a Justice System's Flaws
"Just Pursuit," by Laura Coates, a former federal prosecutor, and "The Rage of Innocence," by Kristin Henning, a longtime juvenile defense lawyer, detail the moral quandaries and bias they encountered in their work.

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Jan 14, 2022

What Does It Mean to Be a ‘High-Risk Homosexual'?
Edgar Gomez's debut memoir recounts a life of resisting compulsory masculinity.

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Jan 14, 2022

For Travel or Hibernation: New Audiobooks to Uplift, Soothe or Terrify
What to listen to this winter, from a dark, dystopian fantasy to a guide to enjoying the here and now.

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Jan 14, 2022

A Scheherazade for Our Times
For Nahid Kazemi's version of the fabled storyteller, empathy rules.

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Jan 13, 2022

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

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Jan 13, 2022

The Book That Turned Annie Leibovitz Into a Photographer
"I became a photographer because of ‘The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson,' which was published when I was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. I was studying painting. Maybe it was something about the word ‘world,' as well as the pictures, that seduced me."

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Jan 13, 2022

Finding Joy Through Art at the End of the World in ‘Station Eleven'
Emily St. John Mandel talks about the pandemic novel she wrote years before Covid-19 and the HBO Max adaptation that some viewers have found oddly life-affirming.

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Jan 13, 2022

Leading Bookseller's Private Collection Goes Up for Sale
Christie's will auction the personal Americana collection of William Reese, which carries an estimate of $12 million to $18 million.

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Jan 13, 2022

Into the Belly of the Whale With Sjón
The Icelandic novelist, poet and Bjork collaborator is a surrealist for our time.

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Jan 13, 2022

Poem: My Sister, Who Died Young, Takes Up the Task
This poem is an example of how abundant emotions can be conveyed by stripping language down to the bone.

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Jan 13, 2022

New Best Sellers Run the Gamut From Escapist to Galvanizing
Nita Prose's novel whisks you to a luxury hotel, while Jamie Raskin's memoir is a reminder of what really matters: home, family and democracy.

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Jan 12, 2022

What We're Looking Forward to This Year
Hopes and goals for 2022.

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Jan 12, 2022

How Germans Reconciled Themselves to Defeat After World War II
Harald Jähner's "Aftermath" recounts the complications of living in a battered country of rubble and ashes.

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Jan 12, 2022

‘American Urbanist,' a Well-Timed Biography of a Man Who Reshaped City Life
Richard K. Rein's book tells the story of William H. Whyte, a sociologist who wrote "The Organization Man" and helped to rethink how cities look and feel.

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Jan 12, 2022

A Memoir of a Young Girl's Survival Amid Mounting Horrors
In "Mala's Cat," Mala Kacenberg describes her time hiding out in the forest during World War II after losing her family.

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Jan 12, 2022

Does Art Have to Be Relevant? One Prominent Critic Says No.
The composer John Adams reviews a new book by Jed Perl, "Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts."

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Jan 11, 2022

A Chilling Debut Novel Puts Mothers Under Surveillance and Into Parenting Rehab
Jessamine Chan's "The School for Good Mothers" takes up themes of autonomy and technology in imagining an experimental facility where parents go through mandatory retraining.

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Jan 11, 2022

He Can See the Future, but Can't Escape It
In "Call Me Cassandra," by Marcial Gala, a young man's visions make his tortured existence more bearable, but also constrain him.

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Jan 11, 2022

In David Guterson's New Novel, a Criminal Trial Is All in the Family
"The Final Case" interrogates a father-son relationship alongside a family in crisis.

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Jan 11, 2022

In ‘Yonder,' Escape From Slavery Comes With a Magical Twist
The idea of something within sight but just out of reach is at the core of Jabari Asim's new novel, which follows a group of enslaved people living in 1852.

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Jan 11, 2022

Is There a Silver Lining to Loss? This Memoir Shows Its Shimmer.
In "Lost & Found," Kathryn Schulz explores the confluence of death, love and hope.

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Jan 11, 2022

Jami Attenberg's Memoir Is a Portrait of the Artist as a Born Writer
In "I Came All This Way to Meet You," the novelist reveals how far she's traveled — and how many obstacles she's cleared — to get where she is now.

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Jan 11, 2022

Mother and Daughter, Separated in Parallel Universes
"Present Tense Machine," a novel by Gunnhild Øyehaug, considers two lives, and a familial bond, abruptly rerouted.

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Jan 11, 2022

What Unites Buddhism and Psychotherapy? One Therapist Has the Answer.
In "The Zen of Therapy," Mark Epstein weaves together two ways of understanding how humans can feel more settled in their lives.

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Jan 11, 2022

A Fateful Train Ride Connects Eras and Cultures in This Novel
Jonathan Evison's novel "Small World" follows the lives of several travelers and their 19th-century ancestors.

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Jan 11, 2022

National Endowment for the Humanities Announces $24.7 Million in New Grants
The awards will support projects including Cherokee language translation, a digital map of jazz and hip-hop in Queens, and a study of the secret language of French butchers.

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Jan 10, 2022

In Zora Neale Hurston's Essays, the Nonfiction of a Nonconformist
"You Don't Know Us Negroes," edited by Genevieve West and Henry Louis Gates Jr., is a collection of nonfiction by the author of "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

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Jan 10, 2022

The Daughter of a Revolutionary Becomes a Wedding Planner. Drama Ensues.
In Xochitl Gonzalez's debut novel, "Olga Dies Dreaming," a Puerto Rican family reckons with abandonment, secrets and vastly different priorities.

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Jan 09, 2022

Rubble and Repression: An Intimate Look at Germany in the Decade After Hitler
"Aftermath," by Harald Jähner, recounts Germans rebuilding their country while avoiding any reckoning with what the Nazi regime had done in their name.

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Jan 07, 2022

What to Do This Weekend
Tiny plans for 2022.

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Jan 07, 2022

The Meaning of War and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Jan 07, 2022

Newly Published, From Art Criminals to Sentient Fungi
A selection of books published this week.

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Jan 07, 2022

Remembering When It Snowed … in Hawaii
The graphic novelist R. Kikuo Johnson revisits Milton Murayama's 1975 book, ‘All I Asking for Is My Body,' to glimpse a Hawaii of the past.

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Jan 07, 2022

Listeners' Questions
Critics, reporters and editors answer your questions about all things literary.

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Jan 07, 2022

Overlooked No More: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Artist and Author Who Explored Identity
She was murdered after the publication of her first novel, "Dictee," a challenging exploration of Korean history and immigrant life that inspires Asian American writers today.

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Jan 07, 2022

After ‘A Little Life,' Hanya Yanagihara's Big New Novel Rewrites History
"To Paradise" spans centuries and continents with a dizzying array of themes, situations and motifs.

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Jan 07, 2022

Book Review: ‘To Paradise,' by Hanya Yanagihara
"To Paradise" spans centuries and continents with a dizzying array of themes, situations and motifs.

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