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"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you."

—Mortimer Adler (b. 1902) American philosopher, educator, How to Read a Book


NYT Book News

The Shortlist: ‘We Could Not Fail,’ and More  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:02 GMT
New books include “We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.”
Author’s Note: Romanticizing the Reader  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:42:01 GMT
Diane Ackerman says that readers and writers provide a kind of outside family for one another.
‘I Refuse,’ by Per Petterson  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:22:00 GMT
Per Petterson’s new novel is about lost parents and the unexpectedly divergent paths of childhood friends who meet again as adults.
‘Lurid & Cute,’ by Adam Thirlwell  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:15:00 GMT
A loafer lapses into a hedonistic, drug-hazed life.
Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Winner for Poetry, on His Sudden Fame  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:50:05 GMT
Mr. Pardlo, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, discusses his life, his work and his neighborhood.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘After the Tall Timber,’ Renata Adler’s Collected Nonfiction  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:40:26 GMT
This new collection of Ms. Adler’s essays and reportage draws from her writings in The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications.

ArtsBeat: Reese Witherspoon Will Be the Voice of Harper Lee’s Second Novel  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:15:06 GMT
The actress Reese Witherspoon has signed on to narrate the audiobook for Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”

Letters: Traumatic Terrain  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:47:28 GMT
Readers respond to recent reviews of Ann Packer’s “The Children’s Crusade,” Paul A. Offit’s “Bad Faith” and more.
Karl Ove ­Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle: Book 4’  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:53:37 GMT
Jeffrey Eugenides reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle: Book 4,” which centers on the author’s yearlong stint as a sexually frustrated young teacher in northern Norway.
Olen Steinhauer: By the Book  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:02 GMT
The author, most recently, of “All the Old Knives” says the best espionage stories “not only ask questions about how spying is performed, but they also question the value of the job itself.”
M.H. Abrams, Who Shaped Romantic Criticism, Dies at 102  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:04:59 GMT
Professor Abrams edited the first seven editions of “The Norton Anthology of English Literature” and was a leading figure in the study of Romanticism.