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Bookends: Should Writers Respond to Their Critics?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:00am
James Parker and Zoë Heller discuss the pitfalls for writers who directly respond to their critics.

ArtsBeat: Nobel Gives French Novelist U.S. Boost

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:02pm
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Patrick Modiano’s latest novel, “So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood,” to be published in late 2015.

ArtsBeat: A Fresh Look at Schulz and Kirby

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:27pm
Two new books provide insight into lesser-known stages of Charles M. Schulz and Jack Kirby’s careers.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: A Rare View of North Korea

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:39am
Suki Kim talks about “Without You, There Is No Us,” and Meghan Daum discusses her new essay collection, “The Unspeakable.”

ArtsBeat: 92nd Street Y Announces Latin Jazz Festival

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:36am
The first Latin on Lex festival will include Eddie Palmieri, Yosvany Terry and more.

The Letters and Poems of Samuel Beckett

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:06am
“These throw no light on my work,” Samuel Beckett said of his letters, but he was wrong.

‘Lone Star Nation,’ by Richard Parker

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:05am
A look at today’s fast-changing Texas, and how it may transform the country.

Jill Lepore’s ‘Secret History of Wonder Woman’

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:41am
The historian Jill Lepore examines the life and significance of Wonder Woman.

‘Gangsterland,’ by Tod Goldberg

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:41am
In Tod Goldberg’s novel, a synagogue becomes a front for organized crime.

‘Who We Be,’ by Jeff Chang

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:40am
A study of how race and culture intertwine in our diversifying society.

‘A Country Called Childhood,’ by Jay Griffiths

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:40am
Andrew Solomon reviews a new book by Jay Griffiths, who says contemporary society denies children the freedoms of space, time and the natural world.

‘J,’ by Howard Jacobson

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:39am
Howard Jacobson’s love story is set in a dystopian world where history is suppressed.

‘There Must Be Some Mistake,’ by Frederick Barthelme

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:39am
In Frederick Barthelme’s novel, residents of a Texas condo development are meeting untimely ends at an alarming rate.

‘Victoria: A Life,’ by A. N. Wilson

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:39am
A. N. Wilson’s biography of the British monarch who reigned for more than six decades.

Inside the List

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:38am
“The Beatles ­Lyrics,” No. 15 on the hardcover nonfiction list, includes handwritten drafts, including crossouts and false starts.

‘Dirty Old London,’ by Lee Jackson

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:37am
A 19th-century scandal over dumping raw sewage into the Thames.

‘The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi’

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:37am
A tour through the mother church of the Franciscan order.

Paperback Row

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:34am
Paperback books of particular interest.

Editors’ Choice

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:34am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

The Shortlist: Jan Morris's 'Ciao, Carpaccio!' and More

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:33am
New books by Jan Morris, Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford, Philip Hook, and Sarah Thornton.