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"There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind."

—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) English society figure, letter writer


NYT Book News

Books of The Times: ‘On Immunity: An Inoculation,’ by Eula Biss  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:14:28 GMT
Eula Biss examines beliefs about filth and purity, from environmental toxins to vaccinations, in “On Immunity: An Inoculation.”

Bookends: ‘The Giving Tree’: Tender Story of Unconditional Love or Disturbing Tale of Selfishness?  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:03 GMT
Anna Holmes and Rivka Galchen reconsider Shel Silverstein’s classic, published 50 years ago.

ArtsBeat: Kirkus Announces Finalists for Book Prizes  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:00:24 GMT
Siri Hustvedt, Dinaw Mengestu, Roz Chast and Thomas Piketty are among the finalists for the first annual awards.

Books of The Times: ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones,’ a Memoir by Charles M. Blow  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:56:26 GMT
“Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” a memoir by Charles M. Blow, reveals his struggles with the standards of race and masculinity while growing up in small-town rural Louisiana.

Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:00:25 GMT
Many more writers have signed on to Authors United, a group not only challenging Amazon on its Hachette dealings, but also asking federal authorities to investigate it on antitrust matters.

Turning a Book Tour Into a Literary Circus (and a Hot Ticket)  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:02:40 GMT
Now in author mode, the young TV star and filmmaker Lena Dunham is promoting her book of essays on a tour that includes literary authors and performances by “remarkable, special weirdos.”

Television Review: ‘The 50 Year Argument,’ an HBO Documentary  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:31:17 GMT
“The 50 Year Argument,” directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, looks at the history of The New York Review of Books.

Books of The Times: In ‘Lila,’ Marilynne Robinson Gives a Prequel to ‘Gilead’  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:21:23 GMT
In “Lila,” Marilynne Robinson tells the back story of the heroine in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Gilead.”

The Anonymous Literary Salon in a Brooklyn Bar  Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:36:53 GMT
A bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hosts short-story workshops where the authors are anonymous.
Paul Thomas Anderson Films ‘Inherent Vice’  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:25:03 GMT
One mystery in “Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is whether the author makes an appearance.
ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Texting While Driving  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:13:32 GMT
Matt Richtel discusses “A Deadly Wandering,” and Mark Edmundson talks about “Why Football Matters.”

Literary Biography of Jonathan Franzen to Appear Next Year  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:40:54 GMT
The author of four novels, Mr. Franzen is the focus of a Swarthmore College English professor who has also studied Faulkner, Proust and Kafka.
Editors’ Choice  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:08:42 GMT
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
Paperback Row  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:49:33 GMT
Paperback books of particular interest.
The Shortlist: Jessie Burton's 'The Miniaturist' and More  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:35:21 GMT
New books by Jessie Burton, Alix Christie, Rosie Thomas and Katy Simpson Smith.