"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves."
—Claude Adrien Helvetius (1715-71) French philosopher, encyclopedias
- ‘Something Rich and Strange,’ by Ron Rash Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT
- Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.
- ‘A Chosen Exile,’ by Allyson Hobbs Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT
- A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.
- Children's Audiobooks: ‘The Port Chicago 50’ and ‘The Family Romanov’ Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT
- Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.
- Nuruddin Farah’s ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT
- The terrorist killing of a Somali U.N. official brings strife to his family in Nuruddin Farah’s novel.
- ‘The Chain,’ by Ted Genoways Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT
- In the tradition of “The Jungle,” a journalist investigates the hidden costs — animal, human, environmental — of cheap meat.
- Children's Audiobooks: Jason Segel Reads ‘Nightmares!’ Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT
- Twelve-year-old Charlie must confront his own fears to save his brother from the netherworld.
- Audiobooks: ‘Gravity’s Rainbow,’ Read by George Guidall Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT
- A skilled audiobook performance brings new life to “Gravity’s Rainbow” at age 41.
- Audiobooks: Dan Stevens Reads Homer Translations Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT
- Dan Stevens reads Robert Fitzgerald’s classic translations of Homer.
- Audiobooks: ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Read by Tim Robbins Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT
- Is “Fahrenheit 451” a parable about censorship or an indictment of the cultural distraction of technology?
- ‘Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life,’ by Hermione Lee Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:59:26 GMT
- Hermione Lee’s latest biography is of the English novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, a late bloomer who published her first book at 58 and became famous at 80.
- The Shortlist: Val Wang's 'Beijing Bastard,' and More Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:20:26 GMT
- New books by Val Wang, Xiaolu Guo, Tim Clissold and Liu Zhenyun.
- Open Book: A ‘No Wing’ Author Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:08:14 GMT
- Carolyn Chute is as unclassifiable and unruly in her books as she is in person.
- Carolyn Chute’s ‘Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves’ Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:06:39 GMT
- Some residents of Egypt, Maine, fear a communal settlement and its enigmatic leader; others are irresistibly attracted.
- Paperback Row Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:02:06 GMT
- Paperback books of particular interest.
- Editors’ Choice Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:57:56 GMT
- Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
- Inside the List Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:52:30 GMT
- Richard Ford, whose latest Frank Bascombe book is on the extended hardcover fiction list, had originally named his character Frank Slocum.