Books of The Times: ‘Anthony Powell’ Captures the Rich, Long Life of the Man Behind an Epic Series

Hilary Spurling’s latest biography is of the English writer whose 12-novel cycle, “A Dance to the Music of Time,” maintains its irony, wit and resonance.
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Books News: Sigrid Nunez Wins National Book Award for ‘The Friend’

The judges called the novel an “exquisitely written and deeply humane exploration of grief.” This year also saw the addition of a new category, for translated literature.
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Books of The Times: Helping Out Family Is Taken to Extremes in ‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel is about a Nigerian woman who assists her murderous sister in cleaning up crime scenes.
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Books of The Times: Natasha Trethewey’s Poems Take Wing on Intimate Details

Filled with food, music and hard toil, selections of the two-time poet laureate’s work are brought together in “Monument.”
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Books News: In Her New Book, Michelle Obama Denounces Trump’s Sexism and His Promotion of the ‘Birther’ Conspiracy

In “Becoming,” she talked about suffering a miscarriage, relying on IVF to conceive and the challenges of being the first African-American first lady.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Becoming,’ Michelle Obama Mostly Opts for Empowerment Over Politics

The former first lady’s memoir is mostly about her childhood in Chicago, her marriage and her time in the White House, but she leaves room for some unequivocal criticism of President Trump.
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Children’s Books: Young Adult Fantasy Novels That Sweep Readers Away

Old-school haunted mansions, a climate apocalypse, a world where survival depends on falconry, and a girl born with a tunnel through her body.
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Books of The Times: How ‘America First’ and ‘American Dream’ Went From Hazy Sentiments to Loaded Clichés

In “Behold, America,” Sarah Churchwell writes about the long and complicated history of two potent political phrases.
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Books of The Times: ‘Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly’ Hunts for Big — and Elusive — Game

Joshua Rivkin allows that his book about the fiercely private Twombly is something “stranger and more personal” than a conventional biography.
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Books of The Times: The Wheels Come Off an American Journey in Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Feral Detective’

In Lethem’s 11th novel, a wisecracking woman goes in search of her friend’s missing daughter — and elusive truths about her country.
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Children’s Books: The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

We invite you to take a look at this year’s winners …
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Books of The Times: A Life of Nietzsche Turns the Spotlight on an Idol Long Misunderstood

In “I Am Dynamite!,” by Sue Prideaux, the philosopher steps out of the mists of obfuscation and rumor, vividly evoked as a thinker and a man.
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Books of The Times: The Revival of the Great Lucia Berlin Continues Apace

“Evening in Paradise,” a book of short stories by Berlin, who died in 2014, has just been published, as well as a fragmentary memoir, “Welcome Home.”
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Books of The Times: In Two New Books, Unhappy Conservatives Ask: What Now?

In “The Corrosion of Conservatism,” lifelong Republican Max Boot says the party needs to be “burned to the ground.” In “Them,” Sen. Ben Sasse says the country’s problems go “deeper” than politics.
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Books of The Times: In New Volume of Sylvia Plath’s Letters, a Marriage Falters and Masks Fall Away

In this correspondence, written between 1956 and 1963, ending a week before Plath’s death, at 30, we see goals triumphantly and tragically fulfilled.
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Books of The Times: ‘Nine Pints’ Is a Brisk Biography of Blood

To write about blood, the British journalist Rose George covered many thousands of miles in pursuit of the intricacies of the subject.
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Sotheby’s Paris Preps Fourth Auction of Books From Pierre Bergé’s Personal Library

BERGE’S BOOKENDS: If reading is the key to enlightenment, Pierre Bergé sure had a lot of books to spark his intelligence.
Sotheby’s Paris will hold the fourth auction for a selection of books from Bergé’s personal collection on Dec. 14. Several choice lots are on view at Sotheby’s New York office through Saturday, and they illustrated the myriad interests of the late French business titan: botany, gardens, philosophy, activism and more. The upcoming auction is expected to drum up between 5 million euros and 6 million euros, according to a Sotheby’s spokeswoman.
Literature, the 19th century and music were among the areas of interest covered in prior sales, with the first auction having been held nearly three years ago.
The December sale includes such highlights as Bartholomeus Anglicus’ “Le Propriétaire des choses,” circa 1486. This complete copy of a major medieval encyclopedia is illustrated with 19 large woodcuts, all hand-colored at that time. Bidders will also find Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” from 1863, a first edition that was inscribed by Flaubert to the composer Hector Berlioz.
Another reading relic is Leonhart Fuchs’ “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes” from 1542 that is considered to be the founding treatise of modern botany. The auction house will also

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Books of The Times: A Big New Biography Treats Frederick Douglass as Man, Not Myth

David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” is an ambitious and empathetic biography of a major American life.
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Books of The Times: A Novel That Roiled India Is Now Translated Into English

In Perumal Murugan’s “One Part Woman,” a religious festival allows childless women to sleep with men other than their husbands, in the hope of becoming pregnant.
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Books News: How Feminist Dystopian Fiction Is Channeling Women’s Anger and Anxiety

A growing canon of female-centered science fiction looks at questions of gender inequality, misogyny and institutionalized sexism.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Godsend,’ an Idealistic Young Woman Gets Tangled Up in Trouble in Afghanistan

Our critic calls John Wray’s new novel, which is loosely based on the story of the “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, “a significant literary performance.”
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Books of The Times: Tana French Is at Her Suspenseful Best in ‘The Witch Elm’

In French’s new novel, a young man struggles to make sense of his own memory and identity after barely surviving an attack.
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Books of The Times: Joe Ide Adds More Breathless Action to the Mix in ‘Wrecked’

In the third novel in Ide’s IQ series, the detective Isaiah Quintabe is entangled in a case involving a missing woman and a menacing group of ex-Abu Ghraib military personnel.
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Books of The Times: A Visual Memoir Asks What It Means for Germany to Reckon With Its Past

Nora Krug’s “Belonging” is about the author’s attempt to trace the stubborn silences in German life and her own family’s role during World War II.
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Books of The Times: Michael Lewis Makes a Story About Government Infrastructure Exciting

In “The Fifth Risk,” Lewis enumerates grave dangers resulting from the incompetent transition to a new White House administration.
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Books of The Times: A Cool Head and Warm Affections in Lionel Trilling’s Letters

“Life in Culture,” edited by Adam Kirsch, collects correspondence by the regal American literary and social critic.
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Books of The Times: ‘Ninth Street Women’ Shines a Welcome New Light on New York’s Postwar Art Scene

Mary Gabriel moves from exalted art criticism to the seamiest gossip in her gratifying and generous group portrait of Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler.
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Books of The Times: Deborah Eisenberg Returns With Tart and Spiky Stories in ‘Your Duck Is My Duck’

Eisenberg’s latest stories are about emerging from isolation and complacency, and larger questions of what it means to live an ethical life.
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Books of The Times: ‘Crudo’ Is a Novel With a Real-Life Novelist in Thin Disguise

Olivia Laing’s first novel features a protagonist who bears a strong resemblance to the writer and performance artist Kathy Acker.
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Books of The Times: Living the American Dream — in Hiding

In “Dear America,” Jose Antonio Vargas writes about the precarious life he has built in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.
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New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay

The editor, Ian Buruma, left as the magazine faced a backlash after publishing an essay by a Canadian radio personality who lost his job and reputation following sexual misconduct allegations.
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Books of The Times: Blackmail, Murder and Other Bad Behavior Abounds in Robert Galbraith’s ‘Lethal White’

In the fourth book by Galbraith (also known as J.K. Rowling) featuring the detective Cormoran Strike, the mystery revolves around a well-connected, once-rich, greedy and backstabbing family.
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Books of The Times: At the Close of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle,’ a Magician Loses His Touch

Vital writing and interesting ideas are buried in this endurance test of a novel, which includes a 400-page section about Hitler in addition to Knausgaard’s usual autobiographical musings.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Transcription,’ Kate Atkinson Delivers a Story of Wartime Espionage

Set in 1940 and 1950, Atkinson’s latest novel is about a young typist plucked from virtually nowhere and taken into the world of spies.
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Books of The Times: Whose Votes Really Count?

In “One Person, No Vote,” Carol Anderson argues that Republican legislatures and governors have systematically blocked minority voters at the polls.
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Books of The Times: As the News Cycle Lurches, Jill Lepore Offers a Long, Steady View of American History

In the elegant, readable and sobering “These Truths,” Lepore starts with Columbus’s arrival and wends her way through the next five centuries.
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Books of The Times: ‘Essential Essays’ Show Adrienne Rich’s Vulnerable, Conflicted Sides

This collection brings together a sampling of the poet’s influential criticism, personal accounts and public statements.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Fear,’ Bob Woodward Pulls Back the Curtain on President Trump’s ‘Crazytown’

Woodward’s latest look inside a White House offers details of an administration in chaos.
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Books of The Times: An Epic From Iceland, Complete With Unicorns, Angels and a Stamp-Collecting Werewolf

Sjon’s “CoDex 1962” is a romance, a crime novel and a science fiction story — for starters.
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Books of The Times: John Kerry Recounts a Life Full of Incident (and a Few Regrets) in ‘Every Day Is Extra’

The five-term senator’s memoir covers his privileged upbringing, his service in Vietnam and his long life in politics.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Personality Brokers’ Conjures the Mother and Daughter Who Helped Us Think of Ourselves as Types

Merve Emre’s book tells the story of the creators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which became a widespread tool for personnel management, self-help and more.
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Books of The Times: He Was a Prominent Holocaust Survivor. But His Story Was a Hoax.

In “The Impostor,” Javier Cercas writes about Enric Marco to understand why he lied, why he was believed and to investigate his own queasy feelings of kinship.
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Books News: A New, Flourishing Literary Scene in the Real Shangri-La

The Kingdom of Bhutan, tucked away in the Himalayas, just got TV. Now it’s home to ambitious young authors who are telling their country’s stories for the first time, usually in English.
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Newsbook: Read These 3 Books About Aretha Franklin and Soul Music

Biographies of the queen of R-E-S-P-E-C-T and two other giants of the genre: James Brown and Otis Redding.
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Books of The Times: How the ‘Temp’ Economy Became the New Normal

Louis Hyman’s history describes the corporate forces that during the 20th century led to a gig economy of expendable and precarious labor.
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Books of The Times: Bill Cunningham, Style Maven, Leaves Behind a Memoir and It’s ‘a Real Dilly’

In his posthumous book, “Fashion Climbing,” the Times’s onetime fashion and society photographer recalls his younger days as a hat maker and man about town.
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Books of The Times: Expressing Complicated Love for Lauryn Hill as an Iconic Album Turns 20

In “She Begat This: 20 Years of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’” Joan Morgan makes a case for Hill’s artistic and historical importance while also paying attention to the stickier parts of the star’s career.
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Books of The Times: Fables Leap Back and Forth Through Time in ‘Flights’

Olga Tokarczuk’s novel, the winner of this year’s International Man Booker Prize, is full of bizarre and harrowing stories that blend fiction and fact.
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Books of The Times: A Case for the New Jazz Sound That Will Inspire Playlists

In “Playing Changes,” Nate Chinen argues that we’re living in a brilliant new phase of jazz, and offers an annotated guide to his favorite performers.
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V.S. Naipaul, Who Explored Colonialism Through Unsparing Books, Dies at 85

Mr. Naipaul, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, wrote about the liberation movements that swept across Africa and the Caribbean, where he was born.
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Books of The Times: ‘Crashed’ Connects the Dots From 2008 Crisis to Trump, Brexit and More

Adam Tooze shows how the financial crisis radiated outward, shaping not only the new economic order but the ensuing political free-for-all.
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Books of The Times: David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure

In “The Tangled Tree,” Quammen tells the story of a groundbreaking idea in biology, and of the scientists who discovered and explained it.
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Books of The Times: David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure

In “The Tangled Tree,” Quammen tells the story of a groundbreaking idea in biology, and of the scientists who discovered and explained it.
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Books of The Times: An Award-Winning Biographer’s Latest Subject: Herself

Claire Tomalin, the acclaimed biographer of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and others, recounts her own rich story in “A Life of My Own.”
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Books of The Times: A Syrian Refugee Lands in Ireland in ‘From a Low and Quiet Sea’

In Donal Ryan’s new novel, recently longlisted for the Booker Prize, a Syrian doctor settles in Ireland, where his life intersects with two other shattered men.
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Books of The Times: A Poet Laureate Sends News From the End of Life

Donald Hall died last month at 89, and his recently published memoir, “A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety,” is “up there with the best things he did.”
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Books News: Missing Pages From Malcolm X’s Autobiography Turn Up at Auction

The possible existence of three unpublished chapters has been a source of intrigue, and now at least one of them has surfaced.
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Books of The Times: ‘Dopesick’ Traces the Opioid Crisis, From Beginning to Blow Up

Beth Macy’s new book provides an on-the-ground look at how addiction to OxyContin and other painkillers became a national state of emergency.
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Books of The Times: Beauty, Bad Temper and Scandal in a Riveting Look at Princess Margaret

In “Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret,” Craig Brown ignores all the starchy obligations of biography and adopts a form of his own to ensnare the reader.
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Books of The Times: ‘Convenience Store Woman’ Casts a Fluorescent Spell

In Sayaka Murata’s small, elegant and deadpan novel, a woman keeps herself at a remove from society while working for many years in a dead-end job at a Smile Mart.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Jell-O Girls,’ a Dark Family History Behind a Candy-Colored Dessert

In this surprising and mesmerizing book, Allie Rowbottom, a descendant of the Jell-O fortune, weaves together memoir and the story of the classic American brand.
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Books of The Times: Can a List of Someone’s Stuff Double as Literature?

Thomas Clerc’s “Interior” is a tour of all the objects in the experimental writer’s 50-square-meter Paris apartment.
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Podcasts Hit the Books

Publishers are striking book deals with podcast creators, hoping to capitalize on the medium’s eclectic voices and passionate fans.
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Books of The Times: A Parody of Smut — and of Voltaire — Turns 60

“Candy,” the satirical sex novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg now available in a new anniversary edition, wages guerrilla war on prudery.
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Books News: The Obama-Biden Bromance Continues. This Time in a Mystery Novel.

In a new crime novel, the 44th president and his vice president team up to solve a suspicious death, and patch up their frayed friendship in the process.
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Books of The Times: How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won

In “The Fall of Wisconsin,” Dan Kaufman shows how the Tea Party’s philosophy has triumphed in a state long known for its progressive traditions.
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Books of The Times: Can Handiwork Save Your Soul? A Quiet Novel Suggests It Can

Daniel Gumbiner’s debut, “The Boatbuilder,” features an opioid addict who discovers the pleasures of physical labor.
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Books of The Times: Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia

In Keith Gessen’s new novel, “A Terrible Country,” a man in New York returns to his hometown of Moscow to care for his grandmother and gets entangled with political activists.
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Books of The Times: When It Comes to Politics, Be Afraid. But Not Too Afraid.

In “The Monarchy of Fear,” the philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum writes against a tradition of philosophical and political thinking that minimizes emotions.
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Books of The Times: Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint

Anna Clark’s “The Poisoned City” and Mona Hanna-Attisha’s “What the Eyes Don’t See” view the water crisis in Flint, Mich., from different angles.
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Books of The Times: A Sleeping Beauty Hopes Hibernation Is the Answer to All Life’s Problems

The narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” hopes that a lot of self-induced sleep will help her “reappear in some new form.”
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Critic’s Notebook: A Critic Sells Books Down by the Seashore

A bookstore in the village of Wigtown, Scotland, allows people to run the shop while renting an apartment upstairs. A book critic for The Times recently took his turn at the till.
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Books of The Times: Going for Broke, the Middle Class Goes Broke

“Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America,” by Alissa Quart, is a timely book about the increasing number of people who feel profound economic vulnerability.
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Books of The Times: What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye

In “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them),” Sallie Tisdale writes about what she’s learned from spending time with the dying.
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Books of The Times: Stepping Out of Character and Starting a New Story

Deborah Levy’s new memoir, “The Cost of Living,” is about how she changed her life near 50 and learned that “the writing life is mostly about stamina.”
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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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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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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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Nonfiction: Misty Copeland Pirouettes Through Two Books on Dance

Henry Alford’s “And Then We Danced” and Laura Jacobs’s “Celestial Bodies” explore the cultural and personal resonances of the art of movement.
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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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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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Books of The Times: The Cry of the Centrist: In ‘Tailspin,’ Steven Brill Bemoans a Polarized America

“Is the world’s greatest democracy and economy broken?” Brill asks in a presumably reassuring passage. “Not compared to the Civil War years, or to the early 1930s.”
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Books of The Times: A Master Storyteller From 19th-Century Brazil, Heir to the Greats and Entirely Sui Generis

“The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis” traces the arc of an influential career that grew increasingly cerebral and surreal as it progressed.
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Books of The Times: ‘There There’ is an Energetic Revelation of a Corner of American Life

Tommy Orange’s debut novel follows 12 Native American characters toward a fateful powwow in Oakland, Calif.
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Books of The Times: Bill Clinton and James Patterson Team Up to Imagine a True Fantasy: Sane Politics

In “The President Is Missing,” a take-charge leader goes AWOL in an attempt to stop a computer virus from bringing the United States to a standstill.
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Books of The Times: A Portrait of Weegee That Captures the Man and the Myth in Full

“Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous,” by Christopher Bonanos, is the biography Weegee deserves: sympathetic and comprehensive, a scrupulous account with just the right touch of irreverence.
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Books of The Times: In 1973, an Arsonist Killed 32 People at a Gay Club. Why Has History Shrugged?

In “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation,” Robert W. Fieseler reports on an all but forgotten tragedy in New Orleans.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Reporter,’ Seymour Hersh Recounts Leaping Tall Deadlines in Single Bounds

Hersh’s vaunted career in journalism has included exposes of the massacre at My Lai, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and many more scoops.
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Books of The Times: A Darkly Comic Novel Stares Down a Life of Solitude

In “Mirror, Shoulder, Signal,” the Danish novelist Dorthe Nors continues her intense fascination with aging, and with women who have resisted domestication.
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Books of The Times: With ‘Kudos,’ Rachel Cusk Completes an Exceptional Trilogy

Our critic calls this series of novels, which began with “Outline” and “Transit,” a “stark, modern, adamantine new skyscraper on the literary horizon.”
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17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer

In addition to the season’s usual fun, there are serious looks at pressing subjects among this summer’s must-reads, including the latest by Beth Macy, Michael Pollan, and Jaron Lanier.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Restless Wave,’ John McCain Says America Is Still Exceptional

In his latest and likely last book, McCain expresses concern about the state of the union, but generally stops short of calling out President Trump.
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Books of The Times: A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar

In “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan writes about the history, science and lessons of LSD and other psychedelic substances.
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Books of The Times: Once Viewed as a Savior of Children, Hans Asperger Is Now Called a Nazi Collaborator

In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer tells the story of how a doctor once praised as an ally in the autism community has come to be judged for his complicity in the Third Reich.
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Books of The Times: With ‘Spring,’ Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Latest Project Comes Into Focus

In the third of four books addressed to his youngest daughter, Knausgaard returns to form, and to ruthlessness, writing to fight a familial legacy of alienation from the world.
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Books of The Times: A Mother Keeps Wartime Secrets in Michael Ondaatje’s New Novel

In “Warlight,” a man and his eccentric friends look after two teenagers in London after the children’s parents leave home for mysterious reasons.
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Books News: The Writer Zinzi Clemmons Accuses Junot Díaz of Forcibly Kissing Her

A comment by Ms. Clemmons sets off a tweet storm of further accusations of verbal abuse by the novelist.
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Books of The Times: ‘Barracoon’ and ‘Slave Old Man’ Approach the Trauma of Slavery With Care and Kinship

Patrick Chamoiseau and Zora Neale Hurston tell, in very different ways, the stories of Africans captured and sold into slavery in the New World.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Moralist,’ Woodrow Wilson and the Hazards of Idealism

Patricia O’Toole’s book about the 28th president examines his long-lasting effect on American foreign policy and his complicated relationship with racial politics.
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Books of The Times: To Make Someone Be or Not to Make Someone Be

In her philosophical new novel, “Motherhood,” Sheila Heti ponders questions about the lack of desire to have children and the demands of art.
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Books of The Times: A True-Crime Mystery From the 1950s, Fueled by Racism and Corruption

Gilbert King’s “Beneath a Ruthless Sun” recounts the tangled case that ensued after the wife of a Florida citrus baron said she was raped.
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Books of The Times: In a Raft of New Books, Motherhood From (Almost) Every Angle

Jacqueline Rose’s “Mothers,” one of many new books about the subject, is a sort of Rosetta Stone that examines the particular mix of fascination and dread that mothers engender.
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Books of The Times: Rachel Kushner’s ‘The Mars Room’ Offers Big Ideas in Close Quarters

Kushner’s gritty and persuasive book about a woman sentenced to life in prison recalls works by Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson and Charles Bukowski.
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Books of The Times: Jake Tapper’s ‘Hellfire Club’ Takes Us Back to McCarthy-Era America

The first novel by the CNN anchor is about a new congressman with secrets, and it includes a parade of high-profile political cameos.
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Books of The Times: In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright Ranges Far and Wide

The author of “The Looming Tower” and “Going Clear” captures the Lone Star State in all its shame and glory.
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Books of The Times: After Disaster, Japan Seals Itself Off From the World in ‘The Emissary’

Yoko Tawada’s new novel imagines a time in which language starts to vanish and the elderly care for weakened children.
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Books of The Times: Scorching, Sophisticated New Work From Two of America’s Leading Poets

“Wade in the Water” is the latest collection by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, while the prolific and acclaimed Kevin Young returns with “Brown.”
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Books of The Times: Alex Wagner Digs Into Her Family’s Past in ‘Futureface’

The TV news host Wagner, the only child of a Burmese mother and a white American father, combines memoir and journalism to trace where she came from and who she is.
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Books of The Times: Barbara Ehrenreich Urges Us to Accept, Accept the Dying of the Light

In “Natural States,” Ehrenreich assails the American conflation of health with virtue and offers charming contrarian thoughts about the wellness movement.
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Books of The Times: ‘Berenice Abbott’ Captures a Large and Star-Studded Life

Julia Van Haaften’s biography is about the pioneering photographer who memorably shot the New York skyline and made sensitive portraits of James Joyce and many others.
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Books of The Times: ‘Inseparable’ Finds Pride, Indignity and Irony in the Lives of Siamese Twins Chang and Eng

Yunte Huang’s history of Chang and Eng Bunker follows the brothers from their childhood in Siam to their servitude in America to their eventual support of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
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Books of The Times: ‘Two Sisters,’ About Teenage Girls Who Left Norway to Fight With ISIS

Asne Seierstad’s new book is about sisters who went to Syria without telling a soul, and their father’s attempt to get them back.
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Books of The Times: Leslie Jamison’s Memoir Finds Its Footing in Sobriety

“The Recovering” is about romanticizing the “unhinged sparks of luminous chaos” in artists’ lives, and then learning not to do that.
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Books of The Times: Geoff Dyer Takes to the Streets With Garry Winogrand

In “The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand,” Dyer’s essays accompany 100 photographs that capture the fallout from the midcentury American moment.
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Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment

Publishers are grappling with how to respond to a cascade of allegations of sexual harassment against authors.
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Books of The Times: In Lorrie Moore’s Nonfiction, the Sounds of an Intellectual Having a Good Time

“See What Can Be Done” collects the acclaimed fiction writer’s book reviews, personal essays, political pieces and ruminations on TV series.
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Children’s Books: In New Books for Kids, Women’s Victories Speak Loud and Clear

On the road to equality, women’s historic achievements have often been dry footnotes in American schools. These authors are out to change that.
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Books of The Times: A Chinese Revolutionary, Reinventing Himself in American Exile

Lauren Hilgers’s “Patriot Number One” offers a detailed and close-up look at immigration through one man’s experience.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Godsong,’ a New Poem That’s 2,000 Years Old

Amit Majmudar’s verse translation of the Bhagavad Gita offers a ravishing and faithful version of that enigmatic religious text.
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Books of The Times: A New Biography Traces Tiger Woods’s Mythical Rise and Fall

Like a pair of supersleuths, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian reconstruct the golfer’s life and offer new angles on old stories.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The People vs. Democracy,’ Trump Is Just One Populist Among Many

Yascha Mounk’s new book shows how populist insurgencies can undermine democracy in the long run.
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Books News: Shakespeare and Company is Coming Back to the West Side and the Village

Despite Amazon and e-books, the famous book seller joins a robust range of independent bookstores that are thriving.
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Books of The Times: Three Views of the Crisis in Women’s Health

Three new books — Maya Dusenbery’s “Doing Harm,” Abby Norman’s “Ask Me About My Uterus” and Michele Lent Hirsch’s “Invisible” — investigate gender bias in medical treatment.
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Books of The Times: In Alan Hollinghurst’s Latest, a Hazy Sex Scandal Looms Over Many Lives

“The Sparsholt Affair” is a slow but impeccable novel that plays out across nearly a century of gay life in England.
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Books News: A New Publisher for Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Mitzi Angel, the publisher of Faber & Faber in London, will take over at FSG from Jonathan Galassi, who will remain as president.
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Books of The Times: A Widower and His Son Find Kindness and Cruelty on the Road in ‘Census’

Jesse Ball’s new novel is about a father and his young son, who has Down syndrome, and the people they meet traveling across the country.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Behemoth,’ Manufacturing Still Looms Large

Joshua B. Freeman traces the rise of the factory and how it became entwined with Enlightenment ideas of progress.
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Books of The Times: A Monster in the Mold of Hannibal Lecter Haunts ‘The Sandman’

In this thriller by Lars Kepler, the pen name of a husband-and-wife team, a man returns home after 13 years missing and offers clues to a serial killer’s crimes.
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Books of The Times: Steven Pinker Wants You to Know Humanity Is Doing Fine. Just Don’t Ask About Individual Humans.

In “Enlightenment Now,” the psychologist continues his argument that conditions are improving for the species as a whole.
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Books of The Times: American Blindness, Abroad and at Home

In “Political Tribes,” Amy Chua argues that elite Americans underestimate the power of sectarianism, domestically and internationally.
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Books of The Times: Marilynne Robinson’s Essays Reflect an Eccentric, Exasperating, Profound and Generous Mind

The essays in “What Are We Doing Here?” take aim at orthodoxies on all sides of civic and theological debates.
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Books of The Times: ‘Scarlet A’ Wants Less Shouting About Abortion and More Talking

Katie Watson says that with so much focus on “extraordinary” cases, there is something “unreal” about the American conversation about abortion.
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Books of The Times: First Comes Love, Then Comes What Exactly?

Two new books, Roseann Lake’s “Leftover in China” and Elizabeth Flock’s “The Heart Is a Shifting Sea,” examine how marriage has withstood breakneck economic growth and social change in China and India.
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Books of The Times: Experiments Succeed — and Fail — Spectacularly in Robert Coover’s Lab

“Going for a Beer” collects short fictions by Coover, a pioneering postmodernist who finds a kind of glee in human mess and degradation.
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Books News: Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

What do the noble mastiff, the lowly cur and the trundle-tail have in common besides being terms for dogs?
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Books of The Times: In ‘Brotopia,’ Silicon Valley Disrupts Everything but the Boys’ Club

Emily Chang’s book looks at the way male cliques in the tech world use their newfound wealth and power to get whatever it is they had previously been denied — mainly stuff, status and sex.
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Books of The Times: Two Stories Harmonize in Lisa Halliday’s Deft Debut Novel

“Asymmetry” juxtaposes the story of a May-December romance (in which the man closely resembles Philip Roth) with the tragedy of an Iraqi-American family.
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Books of The Times: Mourning With the Help of a Great Dane

In Sigrid Nunez’s charming new novel, “The Friend,” a woman in a small Manhattan apartment inherits a large dog from a man who committed suicide.
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Books of The Times: A Troubled Dad Takes His Family Into the Wild

In Kristin Hannah’s new novel, “The Great Alone,” a father back from the Vietnam War moves to a tiny Alaskan outpost with his wife and daughter.
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Books of The Times: ‘Rise and Kill First’ Shines Light on Israel’s Hidden Assassinations

Ronen Bergman’s blend of history and investigative reporting is a humane book about a contentious subject.
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Books of The Times: ‘Heart Berries’ Shatters a Pattern of Silence

Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir is about growing up on an Indian reservation in Canada and her family’s intergenerational trauma.
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Books of The Times: Two Generations on View in Essays by Martin Amis and Zadie Smith

Amis’s “The Rub of Time” and Smith’s “Feel Free” feature pieces about politics, literature, aging and more.
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Books of The Times: Black Lives Matter and the Intrepid Lives That Preceded It

“When They Call You a Terrorist,” a memoir by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and “A More Beautiful and Terrible History,” by the historian Jeanne Theoharis, offer insights about the civil rights movement past and present.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Monk of Mokha’ is Dave Eggers’s Latest PG-13 Story About the American Dream

Eggers’s new book is about a man, the son of Yemeni immigrants, who becomes obsessed with restoring the honor of Yemeni coffee.
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Grey’s Anatomy Isn’t Finished With Kim Raver Just Yet, Books Former Star for Another Season 14 Arc

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Books of The Times: In ‘Frankenstein in Baghdad,’ a Fantastical Manifestation of War’s Cruelties

Ahmed Saadawi’s novel, set in U.S.-occupied Iraq, is an ingenious updating of Mary Shelley’s classic.
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Books of The Times: If Liberalism Is Dead, What Comes Next?

In “Why Liberalism Failed,” Patrick J. Deneen argues that mere tinkering will not address profound discontent with the political establishment.
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Books of The Times: Catching Up With Denis Johnson’s Star-Crossed Drifters

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” a posthumous story collection, is a sequel of sorts to Johnson’s influential and beloved “Jesus’ Son.”
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Books of The Times: Will Democracy Survive President Trump? Two New Books Aren’t So Sure

David Frum’s “Trumpocracy” takes aim at the president and those who empower him, and “How Democracies Die,” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, reads at times like a sly subtweet of the Republican Party.
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Books of The Times: Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race

George S. Schuyler’s “Black No More” and Nella Larsen’s “Passing” have been reissued in time for Black History Month.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Woman in the Window’ Nods to Classics Old and New, From Hitchcock to ‘The Girl on the Train’

A. J. Finn’s psychological thriller is about a woman who believes she’s witnessed a crime in a neighboring building.
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Books of The Times: ‘Neon in Daylight’ Lights Up Ambivalence With Shades of Didion and Others

Hermione Hoby’s first novel is about characters struggling to connect to their desires in the months before Hurricane Sandy hits New York.
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Books of The Times: Sex and Faith Overheat in Jamie Quatro’s ‘Fire Sermon’

Quatro’s first novel, following an acclaimed collection of stories, is about a religious woman in a passionless marriage.
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Books of The Times: On the Lam With Timothy Leary

“The Most Dangerous Man in America,” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, recounts the LSD advocate’s globe-trotting attempt to outrun Richard Nixon and the American law.
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Books of The Times: Recipes for a Tidy and Tasty Death

“The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” has wisdom about sorting through and disposing of many of your possessions, and “The Southern Sympathy Cookbook” offers “funeral food with a twist.”
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Books of The Times: A Political Scandal’s Trauma, Seen From the Inside

Nicholas Montemarano’s new novel, “The Senator’s Children,” is about a family weathering the fallout of a scandal like the one that derailed the presidential aspirations of John Edwards.
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Books of The Times: Turning the Lens Around on Richard Avedon

In “Avedon: Something Personal,” by Norma Stevens and Steven M. L. Aronson, friends and colleagues remember the fashion photographer who revolutionized his field.
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Books of The Times: Adding Up a Prolific Poet’s Charming Weather Reports

“The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons” showcases, in two very large volumes, the friendly and searching style of a writer who twice won the National Book Award.
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Books of The Times: A Polite Drive for Secession in ‘Radio Free Vermont’

The well-known environmentalist Bill McKibben turns his hand to satire in this novel about an old-school radio host who falls backward into the revolution business.
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