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NYT Book News

Bookshelf: Chronicling the Monumental  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:03:40 GMT
A look at the books “Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York,” “Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty,” and “Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco.”

ArtsBeat: Digital Humanists to Catalog Notes Scrawled in Books  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:07:15 GMT
A new project will analyze handwritten notes scrawled in the margins of centuries-old books.

ArtsBeat: ‘The Escape Artist’: Thomas Beller Talks About J. D. Salinger  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:10:56 GMT
Mr. Beller’s new book is part biography of the reclusive Salinger and part memoir.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Elephant Company’  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:01:05 GMT
Vicki Constantine Croke discusses her new book, about the role of elephants in World War II.

ArtsBeat: In Brooklyn, a Trove of Hebrew Books From Centuries Past  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:48:49 GMT
An exhibition at the Chabad headquarters in Crown Heights features Hebrew book published between 1475 and 1574.

‘Blood Feud’ vs. ‘Hard Choices’ in Hillary Clinton Book Battle  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:46:21 GMT
Edward Klein’s “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas,” a 320-page unauthorized and barely sourced account, has toppled “Hard Choices” from its spot on the best-seller list.
Long Days, Extra Innings  Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:22:07 GMT
New art books include textured dreamscapes by Lee Bontecou and full-size reproductions of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts.”

Books of The Times: Cristina Henríquez’s ‘The Book of Unknown Americans’  Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:33:20 GMT
In Cristina Henríquez’s “The Book of Unknown Americans,” an array of characters from Latin America talk directly about their reasons for coming to the United States.

Larry McMurtry: By the Book  Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:00:01 GMT
The author, most recently, of “The Last Kind Words Saloon” says that meth-heads are the worst part of being a bookseller. “Anyone can walk into our bookstore in the age of meth — it’s a constant worry.”

Books of The Times: In Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Landline,’ Magic May Fix Things  Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:08:18 GMT
In Rainbow Rowell’s “Landline,” a TV writer whose marriage is failing finds a possible way to fix things by dialing a rotary phone and revisiting the past.

James Patterson’s ‘Maximum Ride’ Books to Be a Series on YouTube  Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:55:19 GMT
The series based on the eight young-adult novels will initially include six to 10 episodes of 10 to 15 minutes each.
Children’s Books: Sarah Powell’s ‘Cardboard Box Book,’ and More  Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:00:01 GMT
Three new crafts books suggest ideas for a range of activities to inspire young artists during their summer vacation.

Man Charged With Assaulting the Novelist Colum McCann  Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:46:20 GMT
The New Haven police said that the author was attacked last month after he tried to help the suspect’s wife after a domestic dispute.
Books of The Times: William T. Vollmann’s ‘Last Stories and Other Stories’  Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:48:48 GMT
William T. Vollmann’s “Last Stories and Other Stories” is his first volume of fiction since “Europe Central” (2005), which won a National Book Award.

Bookends: Is There Anything You Did as a Writer Starting Out That You Now Regret?  Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:00:01 GMT
Anna Holmes and Leslie Jamison discuss mistakes they made when starting out.