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"I do not mean to suggest that our handsome, newly enlarged library is to be a headquarters of busy bookworms, old and young, routinely absorbing knowledge by the hour while birds sing outside and the Mets fight it out for last place in the National League. On the contrary, a good library is a joyful place where the imagination roams free, and life is actively enriched."

—John K. Hutchens

 

NYT Book News

Books Of Style: 9 Books That Would Make Great Gifts  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:00 GMT
A selection of novels, nonfiction and whodunits for readers on your gift list.






 
ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Disappearing Religions  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:50:27 GMT
Gerard Russell talks about “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,” and Phil Zuckerman discusses “Living the Secular Life.”






 
ArtsBeat: Koons Again Accused of Copyright Infringement  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:48:54 GMT
A work by Jeff Koons in his retrospective in Paris could set off a legal battle.
 
Raphaël Jerusalmy’s ‘Brotherhood of Book Hunters’  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:34 GMT
François Villon travels to Jerusalem in this literary mystery.
 
‘America’s Pastor,’ About Billy Graham, by Grant Wacker  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:32 GMT
A study of Billy Graham’s ministry examines how American culture shaped him — and he shaped it.
 
Open Book: Religious Reading  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:31 GMT
Cynthia Ozick and others recommend novels with religious themes.
 
‘A Philosophy of Walking,’ by Frédéric Gros  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:31 GMT
Charting the many ways we walk, and what they say about us.
 
‘Joan of Arc,’ by Kathryn Harrison  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:30 GMT
Kathryn Harrison’s biography interweaves Joan of Arc’s story with both fictional and historical interpretations.
 
‘The Great Reformer,’ a Biography of Pope Francis  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:29 GMT
A biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio traces his Argentine origins and his path to the Vatican.
 
‘Ardor,’ by Roberto Calasso  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:28 GMT
Roberto Calasso delves into the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defined the ancient Vedic world.
 
Children's Books: ‘Space Case’ and ‘The Twin Powers’  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:27 GMT
In these middle-grade novels, a young detective solves a lunar murder, and twins reunite to save their threatened worlds.
 
Children's Books: ‘Alphabetabum,’ ‘Take Away the A’ and More  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:27 GMT
Five alphabet books feature rhyme and alliteration, exuberant animals and found photos of children from the past.
 
‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume I’  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:26 GMT
The first volume of Norton’s two-part anthology includes texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism.
 
Crime: Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Moriarty,’ and More  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:23 GMT
Anthony Horowitz’s “Moriarty” is a Sherlock ­Holmes pastiche that opens five days after the great detective and his nemesis plunged to their doom.
 
Evan Thompson’s ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:23 GMT
Merging neuroscience and philosophy, Evan Thompson casts new light on the relationship between the self and the brain.