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"I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves."

—Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) British writer, A Room with a View


NYT Book News

Bookends: Is Being a Writer a Job or a Calling?  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:02 GMT
Benjamin Moser and Dana Stevens discuss whether being a writer is just a job or a loftier ambition.

ArtsBeat: Snowed In? Here’s What to Watch, Read or Listen To  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:43:42 GMT
Streaming TV, movies, music and books to help you through a winter storm.

ArtsBeat: Strong Sales for ‘Hedwig’ on Broadway  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:19:31 GMT
John Cameron Mitchell returned to the role he created in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” sparking strong sales. “Honeymoon in Vegas” saw modest sales after strong reviews.

Books of The Times: ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:03:01 GMT
Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir, “Guantánamo Diary,” was published after a seven-year legal battle and with heavy redactions from military censors.

Bookshelf: Books About New York and the Underground Railroad, and Urban Upheaval  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:52:00 GMT
A book by a Columbia University historian on New York’s integral role in the Underground Railroad, and another which invokes artistic expression to vividly recreate a gritty and pivotal era of urban tumult.

‘Modernity Britain: 1957-1962,’ by David Kynaston  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:23 GMT
David Kynaston’s multivolume history of postwar Britain continues in this tapestry of political, socioeconomic and cultural change.

Open Book: Immersive History  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:06 GMT
David Kynaston’s method of recapturing Britain’s past includes quoting from the diaries and letters of average citizens.

The Shortlist: ‘The Greatest Knight,’ by Thomas Asbridge, and More  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:50 GMT
New books about the Plantagenets and the Tudors, Thomas Cromwell and more.

Esther Freud’s ‘Mr. Mac and Me’  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:02 GMT
In Esther Freud’s novel, an artistic boy befriends the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1914.

Ben Metcalf’s ‘Against the Country’  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:04:55 GMT
Ben Metcalf’s novel, set in Virginia, takes issue with the American idealization of the back-to-the-land life.

‘The Season of Migration,’ by Nellie Hermann  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:18 GMT
A novel of van Gogh’s anguished time in Belgium.

‘Van Gogh,’ by Julian Bell  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:07 GMT
Julian Bell looks at van Gogh’s brief, explosively creative life.

‘Offcomer,’ by Jo Baker  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:38:09 GMT
The protagonist of Jo Baker’s first novel is an Oxford graduate working at a Belfast pub.

Casey Walker’s ‘Last Days in Shanghai’  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:59 GMT
In this first novel, a young congressional aide navigates a minefield of graft and corruption in present-day China.

Critic's Take: Somebody’s Watching Us  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:46 GMT
Today, Richard Hofstadter, who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” might target not just right-wing radio hosts but also the aggrieved left.