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Open Book: Captivating and Repellent

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:21am
Ben Macintyre says Kim Philby’s writings are “completely unreliable, which makes sifting fact from fiction a real challenge, but a hugely enjoyable one.”

‘The Transcriptionist,’ by Amy Rowland

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:18am
Amy Rowland’s solitary heroine is unhinged by a harrowing stream of disembodied words.

Philip Ziegler’s ‘Olivier’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:17am
A biography of the “strangely hidden” man who, since boyhood, wanted to be “the greatest actor in the world.”

‘Brando’s Smile,’ by Susan L. Mizruchi

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:17am
A biographer of Marlon Brando delves into the archives and tries to demystify her complex subject.

Letters: The Word

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:15am
Readers respond to recent reviews of Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion,” Josh Ostergaard’s “The Devil’s Snake Curve” and more.

ArtsBeat: Comic-Con 2014: Lois Lowry Finally Sees Her Novel On-Screen

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:09pm
Ms. Lowry, whose novel “The Giver” helped spawn the young adult science fiction genre, says seeing the film version opened her eyes to things left unsaid in the book.

Ben Macintyre’s ‘A Spy Among Friends’

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:08pm
Ben Macintyre’s latest nonfiction thriller, “A Spy Among Friends,” is about Kim Philby, the high-level British spymaster who turned out to be a Russian mole.

Kai Bird’s ‘The Good Spy’ and Jack Devine’s ‘Good Hunting’

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:08pm
Kai Bird tells the story of Robert Ames, an American operative in the Middle East, while Jack Devine’s memoir recounts his time helping rebel fighters battle Soviet troops in Afghanistan.