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—John K. Hutchens

 

NYT Book News

Robert Timberg’s ‘Blue-Eyed Boy’  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:48:16 GMT
Robert Timberg traces his personal journey from disfigured Vietnam veteran to author and journalist.
 
‘The Birth of Korean Cool,’ by Euny Hong  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:48:01 GMT
Cultural influence has kept pace with South Korea’s growth.
 
‘The Shadow Hero,’ by Gene Luen Yang  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:47:18 GMT
A tribute to an Asian superhero from the 1940s.
 
‘The Invention of Exile,’ by Vanessa Manko  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:47:00 GMT
A Russian immigrant, deported from the United States, attempts to reunite with his family.
 
Alessandro Baricco’s ‘Mr. Gwyn and Three Times at Dawn’  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:46:49 GMT
A celebrated British author embarks on a strange new career in these linked novellas by Alessandro Baricco.
 
Richard Flanagan’s ‘Narrow Road to the Deep North’  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:45:50 GMT
A frail humanity survives the unspeakable in Richard Flanagan’s novel of the Burma-Thailand Railway.
 
‘Home Leave,’ by Brittani Sonnenberg  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:45:31 GMT
A restless executive subjects his family to an itinerant existence on three continents.
 
‘Your Face in Mine,’ by Jess Row  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:45:20 GMT
A man undergoes a surgical procedure to transform from white to black.
 
The Shortlist: Naomi Wood’s ‘Mrs. Hemingway,’ and More  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:44:37 GMT
New books by Naomi Wood, Sally O’Reilly, Nina Siegal and Sheila Kohler.
 
‘The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy’  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:44:09 GMT
Letters between Christopher Isherwood and his partner, Don Bachardy, mock the world’s ridiculous spectacle.