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Children’s Books: Big Concepts for Little Minds

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 07:23
Five new books for babies and newly independent readers illustrate the philosophical and the existential.
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A Favorite In Waiting: Alison Bechdel's 'Dykes To Watch Out For'

NPR Books - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 04:00

Alison Bechdel is one of the few cartoonists who appears twice on our list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels — but many readers overlooked her beloved cult strip Dykes To Watch Out For.

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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 03:00
Readers respond to Don Winslow’s By the Book, Miranda Seymour’s review of Mary Thorp’s diary and more.
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Children’s Books: Two New Novels Evoke the Past and the Future of Fantasy Stories

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:00
A.F. Harrold’s “The Song From Somewhere Else” and James Nicol’s “The Apprentice Witch” play with world-building for middle-grade readers.
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The Shortlist: New Novels Depict Valiant Women of Old America

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:00
Three new novels dealing with history and heroines.
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The Enthusiast: Joan Aiken’s Spinoffs and Sequels Finish the Stories Jane Austen Never Told

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:00
In five companion novels that she called her “Austen entertainments,” Aiken gave second chapters to some of Austen’s most intriguing characters.
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Paperback Row: Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Otherworldly: Pirates, Drugs and Time Travel: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:00
N.K. Jemisin reviews new sci-fi and fantasy adventures by K.J Parker, Nicky Drayden, Brenda Cooper, and Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney.
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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:15
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Children’s Books: Summer Y.A. Escapes from Sarah Dessen, Andrew McCarthy and More

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:01
The heroes of these Y.A. novels bust out and learn to love, in settings from New Jersey to Taiwan to Mars.
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Fiction: A Comic Novel of Infidelity Grapples With Sex and Money

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:57
Matthew Klam’s debut novel, “Who Is Rich?,” tells the tale of a conflicted adulterer.
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Bookshelf: Set in New York, Fit for the Hammock

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:27
“The Gargoyle Hunters” by John Freeman Gill is one of several new books featuring New York City as a backdrop.
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Newsbook: 3 Books Take a Deeper Look at the Opioid Epidemic

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 08:11
Two books help explain the opiate abuse crisis and how we may resolve it, while a novel shows the havoc addiction can wreak.
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The Old School: Classic Strips That Continue To Shape Comics

NPR Books - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 07:00

When we asked readers to name their favorite comics, many classic, hugely influential newspaper strips got nudged out of the running. We thought we'd give them a shout-out.

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Truth Is A Fragmentary Thing In 'American Fire'

NPR Books - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 04:00

The rural Virginia county of Accomack was plagued by arson in the winter of 2012. The arsonist was caught, and in American Fire, Monica Hesse tries to tease out the elusive truth of why he did it.

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By the Book: Allegra Goodman: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 02:00
The author of “The Chalk Artist” admires Mary Garth in “Middlemarch”: “She is not only brave and witty, but totally sane. That’s hard to write. Madness is easy. A character with good sense is a tour de force.”
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Children’s Books: Whimsical New Picture Books with a Spotlight on Wordplay

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 02:00
In these frisky new picture books, complex play with language sparks curiosity.
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'Goodbye, Vitamin' Is Sweet — But Not Sugarcoated

NPR Books - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:54

Rachel Khong's first novel is a heartwarming account of family devotion and dementia — which sounds sickly, but her offbeat sensibility and flair for wordplay keep the story from becoming saccharine.

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If Thoreau Were Alive, He'd Be 'Shouting From The Rafters,' Biographer Says

NPR Books - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:30

Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden and Civil Disobedience, was born 200 years ago in 1817. Biographer Kevin Dann says the philosopher's ideas about individual sovereignty remain relevant today.

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The Negative Zone: What Didn't Make Our Final List

NPR Books - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 09:00

In a list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels, inevitably some people's favorites will get left out — some because they don't stand the test of time, some because there's just no room.

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