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Jun 25, 2018

Fiction: Surviving AIDS, but at What Cost?
Rebecca Makkai's novel "The Great Believers" ricochets between an era when AIDS was a death sentence and the present, when its shadow still looms.

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Jun 25, 2018

Nonfiction: Must Science Conflict With Spirituality?
The astrophysicist and novelist Alan Lightman doesn't think so. And his new book, "Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine," explains why.

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Jun 24, 2018

Donald Hall, a Poet Laureate of the Rural Life, Is Dead at 89
The prolific Mr. Hall was also a memoirist, an essayist and a children's book author, not to mention a passionate Red Sox fan who wrote two books on baseball.

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Jun 24, 2018

White House Memo: Postcards From Another Era: Obama Team Memoirs Flood the Stores
If it seems as if everyone who worked for former President Barack Obama has a new book out, that's not far off the mark. And there are more to come.

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Jun 24, 2018

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Fresh Look at Benedict Arnold's Treason
In "Turncoat," the independent historian Stephen Brumwell argues that Arnold's plot to foil the American Revolution was more complicated than it has previously appeared.

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Jun 22, 2018

Nina Baym, Who Brought Novels by Women to Light, Dies at 82
Professor Baym was a key early figure in feminist literary history and criticism, excavating forgotten works by female writers.

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Jun 22, 2018

The Book Review Podcast: The Life of Atticus Finch
On this week's podcast, Joseph Crespino talks about "Atticus Finch: The Biography," and Philip Dray discusses "The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America."

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Jun 22, 2018

Nonfiction: Falling Crime Rates Are Good — at a Cost. A Writer Sees Both Sides.
In "Uneasy Peace," Patrick Sharkey sees disparities when the homicide rate drops. The country is safer, but some people are now afraid of the police.

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Jun 22, 2018

Children's Books: Grandmas and Grandpas Are a Kid's Natural Allies in These Books
Affecting stories by the Fan Brothers, Dan Santat and Minh Le, and more celebrate the bonds between grandparents and grandkids.

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Jun 22, 2018

Nonfiction: Woodrow Wilson Achieved a Lot. So Why Is He So Scorned?
Patricia O'Toole's "The Moralist" is the latest biography of Wilson, who has inspired fierce arguments ever since his death in 1924.

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Jun 22, 2018

Otherworldly: Heart-Hammering Science Fiction and Fantasy Thrillers
They may be action-packed page turners — but these books also ask readers to consider very real social issues.

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Jun 22, 2018

Inside the List: ‘Kitchen Confidential,' First Published in 2000, Tops the List Again
Demand for Anthony Bourdain's memoir has soared since his death.

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Jun 22, 2018

Nonfiction: How Hunting Became a Macho Sport
"The Fair Chase," Philip Dray's illuminating history, recounts the evolution of American hunting from frontier vocation to competitive pastime.

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Jun 22, 2018

Crime: Bears and Poets: Endangered Prey in This Week's Crime Column
The deep woods and the drawing rooms of London are crime scenes in Marilyn Stasio's column. Also two villages, one in France and the other in England.

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Jun 22, 2018

Paperback row: New in Paperback: ‘The Book That Changed America,' ‘Manhattan Beach'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Jun 22, 2018

Visual Verse: Terrance Hayes Spins Poems Into Pictures
The National Book Award-winning poet creates a graphic "verse" in response to the sociopolitical conundrums he tackles in his new book.

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Jun 22, 2018

The Shortlist: Short Stories That Travel the World From a Deliciously Off-Kilter Perspective
These four masterly collections migrate from a plant nursery in Maine to a Buddhist temple in Japan, pursuing unlikely connections and flashes of enlightenment.

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Jun 22, 2018

Fiction: Reliably Unreliable Men, Unlikely to Improve Their Lot
Joseph O'Neill's story collection, "Good Trouble," features characters unlikely to be on the receiving end of a warmhearted learning experience.

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Jun 22, 2018

Fiction: Two Writers Haunted by Their Caribbean Past
In his novel "A View of the Empire at Sunset," Caryl Phillips uses the difficult, lonely life of Jean Rhys to explore themes of alienation and exile.

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Jun 21, 2018

Fiction: This Novel Opens With a Suicide and a Suitcase of Cash. Then Things Get Really Interesting.
Rebekah Frumkin's debut, "The Comedown," is the drugs-and-crime tragedy of two Cleveland clans discovering the fluidity of life and of the self.

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Jun 21, 2018

Critic's Notebook: Oprah Earned This Museum Show. And It's a Potent Spectacle.
An exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture captures what Oprah Winfrey and her TV show have meant.

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Jun 21, 2018

Making the Language Strange, as Only Poetry Can Do
In her collection "Yeah No," Jane Gregory adopts an otherworldly voice like a medium channeling signals from the great elsewhere.

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Jun 21, 2018

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

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Jun 21, 2018

Nonfiction: How We Got to Be So Self-Absorbed: The Long Story
In "Selfie," Will Storr searches for the roots of Western narcissism, a journey that takes him from a Scottish cloister to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.

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Jun 21, 2018

By the Book: Samantha Hunt: By the Book
The author Samantha Hunt, whose novel "The Seas" will be reissued in July, has started an apocalypse library: "I enjoy all these books. I just hope I'll never need them to survive."

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Jun 21, 2018

Nonfiction: In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History
Peter Ackroyd's "Queer City" is an enticingly dishy and detailed tour of gay life in London, from the Roman era all the way through to the present.

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Jun 21, 2018

Nonfiction: A Writer Takes On the French Intelligentsia Over Muslims
In "The End of the French Intellectual," Shlomo Sand argues the case that Muslims have replaced Jews as the country's most oppressed people.

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Jun 20, 2018

An Adolescence of Skateboards, Fistfights and Sexual Yearning, Turned Into Pure Poetry
Matthew Dickman's new collection of poems, "Wonderland," revisits his teenage years.

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Jun 20, 2018

Nonfiction: A Biography Charts an Odysseus Sidelined by Mental Illness
In "The Kevin Show," Mary Pilon chronicles Kevin Hall's long (and long-foiled) quest for Olympic gold in catamaran sailing.

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Jun 20, 2018

The Enthusiast: In Praise of Julia Alvarez
"By the time I found ‘How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,' I'd already resigned myself to using books as windows rather than mirrors."

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Jun 20, 2018

Nonfiction: What Would Shakespeare Have Made of Donald Trump?
Stephen Greenblatt's "Tyrant" finds parallels between our political world and that of the Elizabethans — and locates some very familiar characters.

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Jun 20, 2018

Books of The Times: Seeing the Art World Through Personal and Political Lenses
Nell Painter's "Old in Art School" and Aruna D'Souza's "Whitewalling" bring new energy and insight to questions that have long preoccupied the art world.

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Jun 20, 2018

Applied Reading: Harry Potter in Your Pocket
A newly released role-playing game and a collection of interactive books give readers fresh places to explore J.K. Rowling's magical world.

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Jun 19, 2018

Books News: Junot Díaz Cleared of Misconduct by M.I.T.
The debate is likely to grow more contentious as writers and professors take sides in this #MeToo era.

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Jun 19, 2018

Fiction: In a Novel, Mystical Maps and Intertwined Journeys in Syria
In her debut, "The Map of Salt and Stars," Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar tells the story of two women, centuries apart, confronting war and exile.

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Jun 19, 2018

Fiction: Yes, Tommy Orange's New Novel Really Is That Good
Centuries of subjugation weigh down the men and women of "There There," his quietly devastating debut.

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Jun 19, 2018

Books of The Times: Sonnets That Reckon With Donald Trump's America
In "American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin," Terrance Hayes expresses ambivalence and grief for his country.

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Jun 19, 2018

Reaching Out to Younger Hearts and Minds About L.G.B.T.Q. People
Advocates see an opportunity to help prevent bigotry from taking root in children, but deciding the details has divided some communities.

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Jun 19, 2018

Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Toll of Migration on Children
A treatise on immigration, an undocumented immigrant torn away from her son and a teenager's treacherous journey to reunite with his mother.

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Jun 19, 2018

Two Say ‘I Do' in X-Men Gold, but Not the Pair Fans Were Expecting
Kitty Pryde was set to marry Piotr Rasputin, but Marvel threw a wrench into the story line, ending the issue with the union of a different couple.

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Jun 19, 2018

Match Book: O Canada! What Should I Read?
The best books to read to acquaint yourself with our northern neighbors.

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Jun 19, 2018

New & Noteworthy
A selection of recent audiobooks; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Jun 19, 2018

Nonfiction: Cyberwarfare — the Latest Technology of Destruction
David E. Sanger's "The Perfect Weapon" is an encyclopedic account of developments in the cyberworld.

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Jun 19, 2018

Profile: For the French Author Édouard Louis, His Books Are His Weapon
"History of Violence," out this month in the U.S., is the writer's attempt to tell his own story of being raped and nearly murdered.

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Jun 18, 2018

Fiction: Two New Books From Australia, Unconstrained by Literary Convention
"Border Districts" and "Stream System," by Gerald Murnane, reflect the author's forays into the inner reaches of his own mind.

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Jun 18, 2018

Nonfiction: Lots of People Love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.' Roxane Gay Isn't One of Them.
Tom Santopietro's "Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird' Matters" is painstakingly researched, if substantively and structurally flawed, Roxane Gay writes.

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Jun 18, 2018

A Hard Childhood Compressed Into Poetry, With Concision and Heat
In his collection "Not Here," the poet Hieu Minh Nguyen makes art from his memories of racism and abuse.

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Jun 18, 2018

Nonfiction: Curious About Your Ancestry? Submit a DNA Swab, and a Big Grain of Salt
In her book "Futureface," Alex Wagner takes a skeptical look at companies that research our genetics only to hedge their bets in the fine print.

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Jun 18, 2018

Nonfiction: A History of the Energy We Have Consumed
In his new book, Richard Rhodes makes his way through four centuries of energy use, from oil to nuclear, and how each innovation has changed the world.

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Jun 18, 2018

Nonfiction: Was Autism a Nazi Invention?
In "Asperger's Children," Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child euthanasia.

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Jun 18, 2018

Was Autism a Nazi Invention?
In "Asperger's Children," Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child euthanasia.

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Jun 18, 2018

Books of The Times: Pedaling Uphill, on a Bike and in a Marriage
In Joe Mungo Reed's debut novel, "We Begin Our Ascent," a cyclist competing in the Tour de France gets wrapped up in the complicated costs of possible victory.

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Jun 18, 2018

Nonfiction: Harper Lee and Her Father, the Real Atticus Finch
Joseph Crespino's "biography" of the virtuous lawyer in "To Kill a Mockingbird," and the real man he was modeled after, brings to life the inconsistencies of the South.

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Jun 18, 2018

Nonfiction: An Exhaustive Analysis of Harper Lee's Enduring Legacy in America
Tom Santopietro's "Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird' Matters" is painstakingly researched, if substantively and structurally flawed.

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Jun 17, 2018

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Drafting a Eulogy for Classic Rock
In "Twilight of the Gods," Steven Hyden writes about what a generation of music gave to the culture — and whether any of it can last.

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Jun 15, 2018

William Reese, Leading Seller of Rare Books, Is Dead at 62
For nearly 40 years, Mr. Reese shaped tastes, cultivated collectors and advised museums and libraries from his by-appointment-only store in New Haven.

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Jun 15, 2018

Fiction: Twins, Foils, Frauds: A Posthumous Novel on the Puzzle of Free Will
In "The Solitary Twin," by Harry Mathews, fractured identities come together in small, miraculous revelations that never feel contrived at all.

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Jun 15, 2018

Stephen Reid, Gentleman Bank Robber Turned Writer, Dies at 68
Mr. Reid, a member of the Stop Watch Gang, later found success as a writer, but he was never able to fully leave his past behind.

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Jun 15, 2018

The Book Review Podcast: The Things We Inherit
Carl Zimmer discusses "She Has Her Mother's Laugh," and Henry Alford talks about "And Then We Danced."

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Jun 15, 2018

The Serious Business of the Literary Party
Building buzz and raising cash — the publishing social circuit is good for more than free booze.

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Jun 15, 2018

Newsbook: For Father's Day, 3 Books about Dads
They range from terrifying to hilarious.

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Jun 15, 2018

Fiction: In This Novel, a First-Grader Survives a School Shooting. His Older Brother Does Not.
The 6-year-old narrator of Rhiannon Navin's debut, "Only Child," tries to decipher the grief that transforms his parents.

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Jun 15, 2018

Nonfiction: A Writer Recalls Her Schoolgirl Crush on a Deranged Tennis Coach
In "You All Grow Up and Leave Me," Piper Weiss remembers an infamous attack in the 1990s, and the man who was allowed to get alarmingly close to the female students who idolized him.

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Jun 15, 2018

Nonfiction: You Say ‘To-may-to,' I Say ‘To-mah-to'
Lynne Murphy's "The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English" depicts nations divided by a common language.

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Jun 15, 2018

Inside the List: What Would You Do if You Found a Bag Crammed With Cash?
That's the question Catherine Steadman explores in her tense debut thriller, "Something in the Water."

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Jun 15, 2018

Nonfiction: Why Trump Voters Supported Trump
"The Great Revolt," by Salena Zito and Brad Todd, allows Trump backers to speak in their own voices.

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Jun 15, 2018

The Shortlist: To the Poles — Before They Started Melting
A new book charts the effects of climate change while two others return readers to the great age of Arctic and Antarctic exploration.

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Jun 15, 2018

Nonfiction: Terrorists Killed 12 Nepalese Men. Was an American Military Contractor to Blame?
In "The Girl From Kathmandu," Cam Simpson investigates the deaths of a dozen laborers en route to an American military base where they had never intended to go.

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Jun 15, 2018

New in Paperback: ‘Why Buddhism Is True,' ‘The End of Eddy'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Jun 15, 2018

Essay: No Two People Read Exactly the Same Book, and That's a Good Thing
Reading to his son, who has cerebral palsy, the poet Craig Morgan Teicher discovers the many-layered pleasures of sharing an experience that is inherently private.

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Jun 15, 2018

Essay: What a Father Learns by Reading With His Special-Needs Son
Reading to a child with cerebral palsy, the poet Craig Morgan Teicher discovers the many-layered pleasures of sharing an experience that is inherently private.

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Jun 15, 2018

Sketchbook: Left to Their Own (Literary) Devices
Grant Snider provides an illustrated reminder of what happens when kids are left to roam the stacks of a library.

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Jun 15, 2018

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

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Jun 14, 2018

Nonfiction: A Biography Chronicles the Mysteries of Agatha Christie
In "Agatha Christie," by Laura Thompson, the author's work is quoted extensively but little attention is given to how she committed all those murders.

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Jun 14, 2018

Nonfiction: A Poet's Memoir Explores Race, Addiction and a Fraught Father-Son Dynamic
In "Air Traffic," the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo grapples with a complicated family legacy.

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Jun 14, 2018

Children's Books: Why Do Kids' Books About Black Hair Draw So Much Attention — and Controversy?
I set out to write a warm, whimsical book about a black girl's hair. Twenty years on, that's still a powerful subject.

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Jun 14, 2018

Untrodden Broadway: The Hidden Gems of a World-Famous Street
Beyond the Battery and the Great White Way lies Broadway's less-traveled northern stretch: Manhattan's Inwood section. A walking tour and photo essay reveal its treasures.

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Jun 14, 2018

Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives
In which we consult the Book Review's past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Lisa Zeidner's review of "The Country Life."

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Jun 14, 2018

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

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Jun 14, 2018

Einstein the Anti-Racist? Not in His Travel Diaries
The celebrated physicist's journal during an international tour of China, Japan and other countries in the 1920s displays a "clear hallmark of racism," an editor said.

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Jun 14, 2018

Fiction: James Wood's New Novel Confronts the Mystery of Other Minds
In the New Yorker critic's contemplative new novel, "Upstate," a despairing philosopher, her father and her sister reflect on life's big questions.

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Jun 14, 2018

Nonfiction: How Did the Nazis Gain Power in Germany?
Benjamin Carter Hett's "The Death of Democracy" traces the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Third Reich.

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Jun 14, 2018

By the Book: Michael Ondaatje: By the Book
Michael Ondaatje, whose most recent novel is "Warlight," loves characters "on the periphery": "Convicts, abandoned lovers, the dog that pulled someone out of quicksand."

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Jun 13, 2018

Overlooked No More: Fannie Farmer, Modern Cookery's Pioneer
Farmer brought a scientific approach to cooking, taught countless women marketable skills, and wrote a cookbook that defined American food for the 20th century.

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Jun 13, 2018

Character Study: President Washington, Your Library Books Are Overdue
Carolyn Waters runs New York City's oldest library, and is a den mother to the many writers who flock there to work.

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Jun 13, 2018

Nonfiction: What Do Mark Twain, Carpentry and Commodes Have in Common?
They're all fodder for Richard Russo in his first nonfiction collection, "The Destiny Thief."

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Jun 13, 2018

Nonfiction: Click ‘Delete' to Save Your Soul
In his latest book, "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now," the virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier argues that social media companies are turning us into robotic extensions of their machines.

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Jun 13, 2018

Books of The Times: A Community Cracked Open by Fracking
Eliza Griswold's "Amity and Prosperity" follows a single mother's fight against the impact of fracking in her Pennsylvania county.

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Jun 13, 2018

David Lynch on Michael Jackson and That Crazy Frog From ‘Twin Peaks'
In these excerpts from his idiosyncratic biography, "Room to Dream," Mr. Lynch offers insights into his work on "Dangerous," "Twin Peaks" and "Blue Velvet."

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Jun 13, 2018

Nonfiction: Seymour M. Hersh — the Journalist as Lone Wolf
Hersh's memoir, "Reporter," describes his fruitful, if acrimonious, relationships with the editors and publications in his life, including The Times.

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Jun 12, 2018

Profile: Surfer, Environmentalist, Novelist. Australia's Living Legend.
In "The Shepherd's Hut," Tim Winton finds poetry and beauty in the country's interior saltlands and in a young teenager hardened by life.

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Jun 12, 2018

Nonfiction: What Two Writers Found When They Bought a Plane and Touched Down on Main Street, U.S.A.
James and Deborah Fallows, flying around in a small propeller airplane, embarked on a years-long journey to the heartland of America, which they recount in "Our Towns."

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Jun 12, 2018

Books of The Times: ‘Unbound' Shows Transgender Men Ripping Up Old Scripts
In her new book, the sociologist Arlene Stein follows four subjects connected by their experiences at a Florida clinic for gender affirmation surgery.

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Jun 12, 2018

Can Was 40 Years Ahead of Its Time. A New Book Helps Us Catch Up.
"All Gates Open," a biography of the experimental German rock band, traces a legacy of six-hour concerts, wild spontaneity and "telepathic" grooves.

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Jun 12, 2018

Nonfiction: A President, a Chief Justice and the Politics of Segregation
In "Eisenhower vs. Warren," James F. Simon asks whether stronger leadership would have led to wider acceptance of Brown v. Board of Education.

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Jun 12, 2018

Fiction: The Merman of Her Dreams
In Melissa Broder's novel, "The Pisces," a depressed graduate student meets her fairy-tale prince — who happens to be half fish.

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Jun 11, 2018

Profile: For Japanese Novelist Sayaka Murata, Odd Is the New Normal
"Convenience Store Woman," a much anticipated English-language debut, captures unconventional thinking in Japan's conformist society.

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Jun 11, 2018

Front Burner: A Book at the Intersection of Fire and Heat
Spicy Korean sauces provide the grilling inspiration in a new cookbook from Bill Kim, the Chicago chef and restaurateur.

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Jun 11, 2018

Books of The Times: Far From the Shore, a Happy Couple Takes a Turn for the Worse
"Something in the Water" is a chilly thriller by Catherine Steadman, who played Mabel Lane Fox on "Downton Abbey."

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Jun 11, 2018

Nonfiction: It All Comes Down to Feelings
In "The Strange Order of Things," Antonio Damasio makes a case for the centrality of emotion in our understanding of life on earth and how we came to be.

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