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Jan 23, 2020

The Boys Return to Their Comic Book Roots
A new story will reveal more about the characters before the Amazon Prime TV superhero series returns this year.

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Jan 23, 2020

Reagan Arthur Named Publisher at Knopf
Ms. Arthur, previously the publisher at Little, Brown, succeeds Sonny Mehta, who died late last year.

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Jan 23, 2020

Before Michael B. Jordan Played Him in ‘Just Mercy,' Bryan Stevenson Was a Kid Who Loved to Read
The best-selling author and public interest lawyer comes from a family in which words mattered. A lot.

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Jan 23, 2020

Charles Yu Loves Reading With His Children. Don't Tell Them.
"I try not to smile too hard — if they ever realized how happy it makes me, they might start feeling like they're being duped."

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Jan 23, 2020

In ‘My War Criminal,' the Bad Guy Controls the Conversation
Jessica Stern's new book recounts her series of meetings with Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader who is serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity.

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Jan 22, 2020

Terry Jones, Monty Python Founder and Scholar, Is Dead at 77
In addition to being a charter member of the celebrated British sketch troupe, he was a director, a screenwriter and an authority on Chaucer.

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Jan 22, 2020

Terry Jones, a Python and a Scholar, Is Dead at 77
In addition to being a charter member of the celebrated Monty Python sketch troupe, he was a director, a screenwriter and an authority on Chaucer.

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Jan 22, 2020

With His Fourth Book, Charles Yu Finally Feels Like a Writer
"Interior Chinatown" explores Asian-American stereotypes, something that captivated the novelist and TV writer as he thought about stars, supporting characters and who gets to play the lead.

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Jan 22, 2020

In South India, a Fragmented Family Turns Into an Overflowing One
Tishani Doshi's novel "Small Days and Nights" sends an unhappy expat home to Tamil Nadu to start a new life with a sister she never knew she had.

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Jan 21, 2020

‘Processed Cheese,' by Stephen Wright: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Processed Cheese," by Stephen Wright

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Jan 21, 2020

New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Anne Brontë to Federico Fellini
A selection of recent visual books of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Jan 21, 2020

‘The Longing for Less' Gets at the Big Appeal of Minimalism
Kyle Chayka's book delves into art, architecture, music and philosophy to learn why the idea of "less is more" keeps resurfacing.

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Jan 21, 2020

After Culinary and Literary Acclaim, She's Moving to the Woods
The chef Iliana Regan created a hit Chicago restaurant and wrote a tough, award-winning memoir. But her real dream lives in a cabin in northern Michigan.

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Jan 21, 2020

A Bag of Cash Falls From the Sky. Trouble Is Close Behind.
Stephen Wright's satirical novel "Processed Cheese" takes on the excesses of the superrich.

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Jan 21, 2020

Teenage Heroes in a Mythical Land Fight Monsters, and Stereotypes
"The Good Hawk," a thrilling adventure fantasy debut by Joseph Elliott, has a heroine with intellectual disabilities. It's about time.

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Jan 21, 2020

A Compassionate Children's Book From the NPR Host Scott Simon
In "Sunnyside Plaza," Simon's funny, observant protagonist solves a mystery. She also has developmental disabilities.

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Jan 21, 2020

40 of America's Greatest Writers on Key Supreme Court Decisions
In "Fight of the Century," edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, contributors including Jacqueline Woodson, Dave Eggers and Scott Turow explicate landmark A.C.L.U. cases.

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Jan 21, 2020

Diane Ravitch Declares the Education Reform Movement Dead
In "Slaying Goliath," the veteran public-education activist celebrates the defeat of efforts to introduce federal education standards and testing into public schools and expand charters.

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Jan 21, 2020

Happy Wife, Happy Life, and Other Maddening Notions to Live By
A new novel uses old recipes and retro advice to connect the lives of women in different centuries.

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Jan 21, 2020

The Pain of the Holocaust Echoes Through Three Israeli Novels
A solitary woman who leaps from her balcony to her death and a writer who uncovers a family secret hidden by the war figure in these new works by Israeli authors.

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Jan 21, 2020

English's Pronoun Problem Is Centuries Old
In "What's Your Pronoun?" Dennis Baron argues that the language's lack of a third-person singular gender-neutral pronoun has dogged writers and speakers since at least the Middle Ages.

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Jan 21, 2020

English's Pronoun Problem Is Centuries' Old
In "What's Your Pronoun?" Dennis Baron argues that the language's lack of a third-person, gender-neutral pronoun has dogged writers and speakers since at least the Middle Ages.

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Jan 21, 2020

A Mystical Healer, Her Ailing Crush and the Desire That Undoes Them Both
Love literally hurts in Sue Rainsford's haunting debut novel, "Follow Me to Ground."

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Jan 20, 2020

‘American Dirt,' by Jeanine Cummins: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "American Dirt," by Jeanine Cummins

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Jan 20, 2020

‘A Long Petal of the Sea,' by Isabel Allende: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "A Long Petal of the Sea," by Isabel Allende

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Jan 20, 2020

Decades After Two Murders, an Appalachian Town Grapples With the Crimes
In "The Third Rainbow Girl," Emma Copley Eisenberg investigates the 1980 killings of two women hitchhiking to a festival in West Virginia.

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Jan 20, 2020

Pablo Neruda Saved Thousands of War Refugees. Isabel Allende Imagines Two of Them.
Based on true events around the Spanish Civil War, Allende's novel "A Long Petal of the Sea" explores the lives of exiles.

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Jan 19, 2020

Edith Kunhardt Davis, Author of ‘Pat the Bunny' Sequels, Dies at 82
She also wrote about the death of her son at 27, for which she — and he — blamed her because she had been an alcoholic when she was pregnant with him.

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Jan 19, 2020

‘American Dirt' Plunges Readers Into the Border Crisis
Jeanine Cummins's third novel follows a mother and son on their harrowing attempt to escape from Mexico, cartel assassins at their heels.

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Jan 18, 2020

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

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Jan 18, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 17, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 16, 2020

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

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Jan 15, 2020

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

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Jan 15, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

New & Noteworthy
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 14, 2020

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

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Jan 13, 2020

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

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Jan 13, 2020

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

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Jan 13, 2020

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

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Jan 13, 2020

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

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Jan 13, 2020

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

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Jan 11, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 10, 2020

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

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Jan 09, 2020

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

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