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"A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest."

— (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) American diplomat, writer, US First Lady


NYT Book News

ArtsBeat: Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:15:40 GMT
Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth McCracken and Phil Klay are among the writers whose work is on the 2014 fiction long list for the National Book Awards.

New ‘Genius Grant’ Winner Alison Bechdel to Write New Graphic Memoir  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:40:35 GMT
“The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Ms. Bechdel, a new MacArthur fellow, has been sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which plans to publish it in 2017.

Books of The Times: Elena Ferrante’s ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:34:45 GMT
Lila and Elena, friends since their childhood in postwar Naples, both attract and repel each another in Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.”

Alison Bechdel, Terrance Hayes Among ‘Genius Grant’ Winners  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:25:55 GMT
Stipends will be awarded to a psychologist studying racial perceptions in crimes, the maker of the film “The Act of Killing” and a law professor seeking to help American Indian women, among others.

Children’s Books: ‘365 Days of Wonder,’ by R. J. Palacio  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:11:17 GMT
A follow-up to the middle-grades novel “Wonder” offers a snippet of story and a pithy saying for each day of the year.

ArtsBeat: National Book Awards Nominees, Nonfiction  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:06 GMT
The nonfiction nominees for the 2014 National Book Award include Roz Chast’s “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” and John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams.
Martin Amis’s ‘Zone of Interest’ Makes European Publishers Squirm  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:12:42 GMT
The novel, set in a concentration camp, has touched off concerns about sensitivity in Europe, where Mr. Amis’s French and German publishers have rejected it.

Books of The Times: ‘How to Build a Girl,’ by Caitlin Moran  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:12:38 GMT
“How to Build a Girl,” Caitlin Moran’s first novel, tells a comic coming-of-age tale in the 1990s about a teenager from the British hinterlands who reinvents herself as a rock critic.

Bookends: When Discussing Books, What Does ‘Taste’ Have to Do With It?  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:01 GMT
James Parker and Adam Kirsch debate whether it really all comes down to taste.

In Latest Volley Against Amazon, Hachette’s Writers Target Its Board  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:56:25 GMT
Authors United, a group of Hachette writers and allies, is appealing to Amazon’s board to consider their reputation in the battle over e-book pricing.

Books: Art Entangled in Nature  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:20:41 GMT
The portraits of nature gathered here cover centuries, fixing on that space where the naturalist’s eye and the artist’s intersect.

Joshua Ferris’s ‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:06:03 GMT
Joshua Ferris’s “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is about an atheistic but Philo-Semitic dentist who has no luck with women.

Decoding a Menu at Root & Bone  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:42:18 GMT
A new book from a Stanford University linguistics professor looks at how we describe what we eat.
ArtsBeat: Philadelphia Museum Losing Its Maurice Sendak Collection  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:06:05 GMT
The Rosenbach Museum and Library will send thousands of Sendak items to Connecticut, where a Sendak museum is planned.

ArtsBeat: In the Running for a Young People’s Literature Prize  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:57 GMT
The 10 titles on the longlist of the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Award for Young People’s Literature underscore the diversity of subject matter in this area of publishing.