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"In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed."

—Leo C. Rosten


New York Times Book Reviews

Peggy Noonan: By the Book 
  Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:30:01 GMT 
    The author, most recently, of “The Time of Our Lives” isn’t impressed with recent books by presidential contenders: “They were mostly unreal and insincere.”

Children’s Books: A Place to Learn 
  Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:26:08 GMT 
    A picture book offers a look at a home-schooling family’s day.

‘Memory Theater,’ by Simon Critchley 
  Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:25:35 GMT 
    Critchley imagines a structure for memories in a novel filled with philosophy references.

The Novel’s Evil Tongue 
  Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:29:07 GMT 
    To live without gossip is to scorn storytelling, and thus literature.

Ivory Tower: All Things Being Unequal 
  Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:30:00 GMT 
    New books ask whether economic inequality is the real problem — or whether our preoccupation with it distracts us from more fundamental issues.

Author’s Note: The King and I 
  Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:31:15 GMT 
    If literary fiction is Brooklyn, the historical novel is Queens.

‘Lactivism,’ by Courtney Jung 
  Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:30:01 GMT 
    Breast-feeding has become a question with social, political, medical and moral implications.

‘Nut Country’ and ‘Right Out of California’ 
  Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:30:01 GMT 
    Two books explore the origins — in California in the 1930s and Texas in the 1950s — of today’s far right.

The Shortlist: Fiction in Translation 
  Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:35:44 GMT 
    New books by Marianne Fritz, Hasan Ali Toptas, Ronit Matalon, Antonio Tabucchi and Yasmina Khadra.

‘The New and Improved Romie Futch,’ by Julia Elliott 
  Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:35:42 GMT 
    Mutated animals, including a giant monster pig, populate a novel that defies categorization.

‘Fox Tooth Heart,’ by John McManus 
  Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:35:42 GMT 
    Unusual stories at once lurid and insightful.

‘The Mountain Shadow,’ by Gregory David Roberts 
  Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:35:42 GMT 
    Tough guys and washed-out expats take the stage in a sequel to “Shantaram.”

‘The Horse,’ by Wendy Williams 
  Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:35:42 GMT 
    A biography of the horse and its long, complex partnership with people.

‘The Death of Cancer,’ by Vincent T. DeVita Jr. and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn 
  Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:35:42 GMT 
    An oncologist reviews issues involved in cancer treatment, and explains his aggressive approach.

Open Book: Serving the Truth 
  Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:19:07 GMT 
    Though Magda Szabo’s work dealt with life behind the Iron Curtain, she considered art a sphere apart from politics.

New York Times Book Reviews
Peggy Noonan: By the Book  Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:30:01 GMT
Children’s Books: A Place to Learn  Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:26:08 GMT
‘Memory Theater,’ by Simon Critchley  Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:25:35 GMT
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