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Feb 27, 2021

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

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Feb 27, 2021

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

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Feb 27, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 26, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 25, 2021

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

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Feb 24, 2021

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

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Feb 24, 2021

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

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Feb 24, 2021

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

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Feb 24, 2021

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

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Feb 24, 2021

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

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Feb 24, 2021

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

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Feb 24, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

New York Times Books
Feb 23, 2021

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

New York Times Books
Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

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

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Feb 23, 2021

Chasing Down a Deadbeat Dad, With a Knife Strapped to Her Leg
"The Slaughterman's Daughter," by Yaniv Iczkovits, is a sprawling 19th-century quest narrative set in czarist Russia.

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Feb 23, 2021

Two Memoirists Explore Abuse and Survival
Tanya Selvaratnam and Vanessa Springora both survived powerful, manipulative men. Now they're telling their tales.

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Feb 22, 2021

Book Review: ‘The Committed,' by Viet Thanh Nguyen
This sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Sympathizer" finds its unnamed narrator in France, considering the relationship between that country and Vietnam.

New York Times Books
Feb 22, 2021

Book Review: ‘Animal, Vegetable, Junk,' by Mark Bittman
In "Animal, Vegetable, Junk," Mark Bittman tells the long, unfolding story of our food sources, tracking the shift from agriculture to agribusiness.

New York Times Books
Feb 21, 2021

He Writes Unreliable Narrators Because He Is One, Too
Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer for his debut, "The Sympathizer," recognition that was great for his career and bad for his writing. Now he's back with its subversive sequel, "The Committed."

New York Times Books
Feb 21, 2021

Viet Thanh Nguyen on 'The Committed,' His 'Sympathizer' Sequel
Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer for his debut, "The Sympathizer," recognition that was great for his career and bad for his writing. Now he's back with its subversive sequel, "The Committed."

New York Times Books
Feb 21, 2021

Viet Thanh Nguyen Talks About 'The Committed'
Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer for his debut, "The Sympathizer," recognition that was great for his career and bad for his writing. Now he's back with its subversive sequel, "The Committed."

New York Times Books
Feb 19, 2021

Writing About Illness Without Platitudes
Suleika Jaouad talks about "Between Two Kingdoms," and Jason Zinoman discusses great memoirs by comedians.

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Feb 19, 2021

Surviving Without Silver Linings
Suleika Jaouad talks about "Between Two Kingdoms," and Jason Zinoman discusses great memoirs by comedians.

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Feb 19, 2021

Kindred Spirits: 2 Collections of Native Mythology for Children and Their Adults
In "Ancestor Approved" and "The Sea-Ringed World," sacred stories provide comfort by bringing people together.

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Feb 19, 2021

John Steinbeck's ‘Little Fishing Place' in Sag Harbor Is on the Market
The novelist spent his summers at the waterfront property, which sits on 1.8 acres and includes his "writing house." The asking price is $17.9 million.

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Feb 19, 2021

A History of the Comedian Memoir in Nine Books
A syllabus of sorts for exploring some of the funniest books of all time by the funniest people.

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Feb 19, 2021

Imbolo Mbue Has Been Working Toward This Moment
Her novel, "How Beautiful We Were," is a story about how people respond to environmental destruction. It was delayed by the pandemic and before that by the success of her previous book, "Behold the Dreamers."

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Feb 19, 2021

New in Paperback: ‘Becoming' and ‘Hidden Valley Road'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Feb 19, 2021

Public Libraries, Life Without Parole and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Feb 18, 2021

Angie Thomas's ‘Concrete Rose' Is a Love Song for Young Black Lives
In "Concrete Rose," Angie Thomas returns to the world of "The Hate U Give" to explore one pivotal character's early days.

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Feb 18, 2021

Spawn Comics to Expand This Summer, With 3 New Series
Spawn's creator, Todd McFarlane, is introducing new characters with an eye to building a larger universe.

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Feb 18, 2021

Three Memoirs About the Messiness of Life and Self-Definition
Three recent memoirs explore self-definition amid chronic illness, race and fatherhood.

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Feb 18, 2021

Wednesday Poem
Joel Dias-Porter has crafted a modern elegy for gun violence's victims.

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Feb 18, 2021

For Years, a Literary Villain Made Joe Ide Wary of Nurses
"Ratched is prim, soft-spoken, her smile placid, even serene, yet she's as scary as your grandmother with blacked-out eyes and a bloody hypodermic needle."

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Feb 18, 2021

In Her Memoir, Martha Teichner Turned the Lens on Her Own Life
"When Harry Met Minnie" tells the story of two women who became friends as their dogs fell in love.

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Feb 17, 2021

In ‘Liner Notes for the Revolution,' a History of American Music With Black Women at Its Center
Daphne A. Brooks proposes an expansive lineage that includes Zora Neale Hurston, Pauline Hopkins, Rhiannon Giddens and Beyoncé.

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Feb 17, 2021

In ‘Liner Notes for the Revolution,' a History of American Music With Black Women at Its Center
Daphne A. Brooks proposes an expansive lineage that includes Zora Neale Hurston, Pauline Hopkins, Rhiannon Giddens and Beyoncé.

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Feb 17, 2021

‘Liner Notes for the Revolution' Opens Up New Ways of Looking and Listening
Daphne A. Brooks writes that an old guard of taste-makers is still hesitant to "imagine a pop (culture) life with Black women at its full-stop center."

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Feb 16, 2021

Book Review: ‘Consent,' by Vanessa Springora
Our critic calls this recounting of a middle-age writer preying on a 13-year-old girl a "work of dazzling, highly controlled fury."

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Feb 16, 2021

Patricia Lockwood Is Ready to Discuss Just About Anything
Patricia Lockwood followed up on her memoir "Priestdaddy" with "No One Is Talking About This," a novel that explores the chaotic feel of the internet and the pain of personal loss.

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Feb 16, 2021

Writing Native American Stand-Ups Into the History of Comedy
An author who specializes in unearthing forgotten figures argues for the importance of Charlie Hill, the first Indigenous comic to appear on "The Tonight Show."

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Feb 16, 2021

‘Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment,' by Theo Padnos: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment," by Theo Padnos

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Feb 16, 2021

‘The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,' by Henry Louis Gates Jr.: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song," by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Feb 16, 2021

Henry Louis Gates Jr. on African-American Religion
Gates's "The Black Church" recounts the foundational role of religion in the history of Black America.

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Feb 16, 2021

Roberto Bolaño Recenters His Mythic World
"Cowboy Graves," a collection of three novellas, is the latest posthumous release from the Chilean writer.

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Feb 16, 2021

New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Ebony Magazine to Young Chefs
A selection of recent visual books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Feb 16, 2021

Held Hostage in Syria, a Reporter Tells What It Took to Survive
"Blindfold" is the American journalist Theo Padnos's memoir of his nearly two years in captivity and a meditation on resilience.

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Feb 16, 2021

When Genocide Is Caught on Film
"The Ravine," by Wendy Lower, investigates a rare photograph documenting the murder of Jews in Ukraine during the Holocaust, unearthing a history of perpetrators and victims.

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Feb 16, 2021

Welcome to Boarding School. Are You Safe Here? Good Question.
In her debut novel, "All Girls," Emily Layden takes readers on a yearlong tour of a New England boarding school roiled by sexual assault allegations.

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Feb 16, 2021

Was ‘60 Minutes' TV's Most Toxic Workplace?
"Ticking Clock," a new memoir by Ira Rosen, a former producer for the show, recounts the newsmagazine's pathbreaking journalism and its culture of harassment and abuse.

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Feb 16, 2021

Book Review: ‘No One Is Talking About This,' by Patricia Lockwood
"No One Is Talking About This," by the poet and memoirist who honed her craft on Twitter, finds beauty and grief in a life split between the virtual and physical worlds.

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Feb 16, 2021

John C. Calhoun: Protector of Minorities?
Robert Elder's new biography, "Calhoun," recounts not only his life, but also his ideas about minority rights and his legacy on democratic political thought.

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Feb 15, 2021

‘Tom Stoppard' Tells of an Enormous Life Spent in Constant Motion
Hermione Lee's biography of the playwright and screenwriter covers his rigorous research and writing habits, his famous friends and his political thinking.

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Feb 15, 2021

Book Review: ‘How to Avoid a Climate Change Disaster,' by Bill Gates
In "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," the billionaire Microsoft founder lays out his concerns for the earth and some concrete ideas for the future.

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Feb 14, 2021

James Ridgeway, Hard-Hitting Investigative Journalist, Dies at 84
Writing for many publications, he drew attention to neo-Nazis, corporate polluters, preening politicians and the practice of solitary confinement.

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Feb 14, 2021

James Ridgeway, Who Exposed Malfeasance and Skulduggery, Dies at 84
Writing for many publications, he drew attention to neo-Nazis, corporate polluters, preening politicians and the practice of solitary confinement.

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Feb 13, 2021

Things To Do At Home
This week, celebrate Presidents' Day, tune in to a discussion between two members of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and try a new recipe for Mardi Gras.

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Feb 13, 2021

J. Hillis Miller, 92, Dies; Helped Revolutionize Literary Studies
He was most closely associated with the Yale School, which took on the foundations of literary scholarship in the 1970s and '80s.

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Feb 13, 2021

In ‘Tom Stoppard,' Hermione Lee Takes On a New Challenge: a Living Subject
The acclaimed biographer's life of the widely admired playwright and screenwriter follows her works about Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton and others.

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Feb 13, 2021

The Love Letters That Spoke of Everything but Love
Forbidden to express his ardor, a besotted writer found ways to say what he felt.

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Feb 12, 2021

Staring Down the Stigma of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
In "Strange Bedfellows," Ina Park offers a humane and humorous rundown of sexually transmitted infections, with the hope of reducing the shame that accompanies them.

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Feb 12, 2021

This Land Is Whose Land?
Simon Winchester talks about "Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World," and Amelia Pang discusses "Made in China."

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Feb 12, 2021

New in Paperback: ‘A Children's Bible' and ‘The Education of an Idealist'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Feb 12, 2021

Show and Tell: 4 Picture Books About Friendship
Overcoming shyness and isolation via notes, pictures and a pine cone.

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Feb 12, 2021

Four Crime Novels, Brimming With Venom and Dread
There's the latest from Walter Mosley, "Blood Grove," as well as new books from Belinda Bauer, Catie Disabato and Elle Cosimano.

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Feb 12, 2021

The First Book That Turned Me On
For Valentine's Day, some titles that first inspired a certain passion in their readers, beyond the literary.

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Feb 12, 2021

The Deaths of Teenage Cousins in a Village in India Have Global Ramifications
In "The Good Girls," Sonia Faleiro examines the aftermath of killings that became a referendum on sexuality and secrets.

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Feb 12, 2021

From an Artist's Life in Brooklyn to North Dakota's Oil Fields
Michael Patrick F. Smith's "The Good Hand" is a memoir about grinding work in the last days of the Bakken oil boom.

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Feb 12, 2021

Personal Canons, Foster Care and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Feb 11, 2021

Maria Guarnaschelli, Book Editor Who Changed What We Cook, Dies at 79
She introduced Americans to new cuisines and helped transform cooking from a domestic chore to a cultural touchstone, inspiring her daughter, Alex, to be a chef.

New York Times Books
Feb 11, 2021

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

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