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Amy Bloom: By the Book

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:00am
The author, most recently, of “Lucky Us” would like to invite Sappho, George Bernard Shaw and James Baldwin over for a literary dinner. “It’s not clear to me that everyone will get along.”






The New York Times Book Review: Back Issues

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:48am
Complete contents of the Book Review since 1997.






Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:00am
Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether there is any use in retaining old labels of cultural prestige.






‘Falling Out of Time,’ by David Grossman

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:27pm
David Grossman’s book in verse is an intimate study of grief and mourning.






Paperback Row

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:09am
Paperback books of particular interest.

Editors’ Choice

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:57am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

‘The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:35am
Elia Kazan’s letters underscore his central importance in the maturing of American film and theater at midcentury.

Tim Winton’s ‘Eyrie’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:34am
Tim Winton’s hero, a disgraced and despairing activist in Western Australia, is called to help a childhood friend.

‘Lucian Freud,’ by Phoebe Hoban

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:33am
A biography of the painter who crossed paths with everyone from Kate Moss to the Kray brothers.

‘The Golden Age Shtetl,’ by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:33am
A history of Jewish life in the villages of Eastern Europe before the period familiar to American Jews.

‘All the Rage,’ by A. L. Kennedy

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:32am
Cruelty and lust predominate in A. L. Kennedy’s stories.

‘Take This Man,’ by Brando Skyhorse

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:32am
Brando Skyhorse’s turbulent childhood was built on myth.

Howard Norman’s ‘Next Life Might Be Kinder’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:31am
This novel’s protagonist cannot surmount his grief over his wife’s murder.

‘Liberalism,’ by Edmund Fawcett

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:31am
A history of liberalism, told through the lives and ideas of a dynamic group of European and American thinkers.

‘The Essential Ellen Willis’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:30am
Ellen Willis, who emerged in the 1960s, asked serious questions about culture and politics.

‘Snow in May,’ by Kseniya Melnik

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:30am
These stories portray women’s lives in Magadan, Russia, a town known as an entryway to gulag labor camps.

‘Closed Doors,’ by Lisa O’Donnell

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:29am
A boy in a remote Scottish town tries to understand the terrible thing that has happened to his mother.

‘Stuff Matters,’ by Mark Miodownik

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:29am
Why do paper clips bend? What makes elastic stretchy? A scientist examines the ubiquitous substances we take for granted.

Inside the List

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:29am
Marja Mills, whose “Mockingbird Next Door” is No. 4 on the hardcover nonfiction list, spent ample time observing Harper Lee going about her ordinary daily life.

The Shortlist: Lee Upton’s ‘Tao of Humiliation,’ and More

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:28am
New books by Lee Upton, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, David James Poissant and Adam Wilson.