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"Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents."

—Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher, believed will to live is fundamental reality


NYT Book News

Children's Books: ‘Anatomy of a Misfit,’ by Andrea Portes  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:49 GMT
In this young adult novel, a teenager indulges a rebellious streak lurking beneath her “apple pie” appearance.

‘The New Arabs,’ by Juan Cole  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:47 GMT
A professor surveys youth uprisings in the Middle East.

Paperback Row  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:46 GMT
Paperback books of particular interest.

Children's Books: ‘El Deafo,’ by Cece Bell  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:46 GMT
Making new friends at school can be tough, but doing so while wearing a bulky hearing aid? That requires superpowers!

‘How We Learn,’ by Benedict Carey  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:46 GMT
Drudgery may not be the key to success, research shows.

‘Whatever Happened to the Metric System?’ by John Bemelmans Marciano  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:44 GMT
Most of the world is on the metric system; why isn’t America?

Editors’ Choice  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:43 GMT
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

‘Powers of Two’ by Joshua Wolf Shenk  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:43 GMT
Joshua Wolf Shenk challenges the notion of the lone genius.

‘The Teacher Wars,’ by Dana Goldstein  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:43 GMT
Dana Goldstein surveys the history of American public education and offers suggestions for its reform.

‘The Brown Reader,’ Edited by Judy Sternlight  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:42 GMT
Memories of Brown University to mark its 250th anniversary.

‘Building a Better Teacher’ and ‘Getting Schooled’  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:40 GMT
Two books assess the state of public education and the realities facing instructors today.

Children’s Books: ‘The Fourteenth Goldfish,’ by Jennifer L. Holm  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:40 GMT
Galileo. Newton. Salk. Curie. Science can change the world, but has Ellie’s grandfather gone too far?

Children’s Books: Kate DiCamillo’s ‘Leroy Ninker Saddles Up,’ and More  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:40 GMT
The characters in three books for early readers are propelled by their self-deception and passion.

Children’s Books: ‘Sisters,’ by Raina Telgemeier  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:40 GMT
Raina and her younger sister work out their sibling rivalry on a long and eventful car trip to a family reunion.

‘The Most Dangerous Book,’ About Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:39 GMT
The decade-long battle to overcome the ban against James Joyce’s “Ulysses” in America extended the definition of free speech.