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‘The Magician’s Land,’ by Lev Grossman  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:08 GMT
An exiled magician tries a risky heist in Lev Grossman’s novel, the final installment of a trilogy.
‘Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire,’ by Paul Sorrentino  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:06 GMT
The poet and novelist Stephen Crane “raced through his life,” documenting war and poverty until his death at 28.
‘The Stories,’ by Jane Gardam  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:09:44 GMT
In many of Jane Gardam’s stories, a figure from the past suddenly looms.
‘Reagan at Reykjavik,’ by Ken Adelman  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:08:44 GMT
In 1986, the U.S.-Soviet meeting in Reykjavik seemed anything but a Cold War breakthrough.
Inside the List  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:49:47 GMT
With the debut of Daniel Halper’s “Clinton, Inc.” at No. 10, there are now three volumes related to Bill and Hillary Clinton on the hardcover nonfiction list.
Editors’ Choice  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:49:34 GMT
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
Paperback Row  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:49:26 GMT
Paperback books of particular interest.
The Shortlist: Jordan Ellenberg’s ‘How Not to Be Wrong,’ and More  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:47:37 GMT
New books by Jordan Ellenberg, David J. Hand, Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter, Amir Alexander, and Alex Bellos.
Talk: Lois Lowry on Giving Up ‘The Giver’ to Hollywood  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:23:13 GMT
She had only one request: “Please don’t turn this into a teenage romance.”

Siegfried Sassoon’s World War I Diaries Are Published Online  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:21:01 GMT
Cambridge University has digitized 4,100 handwritten pages of notes by the British wartime poet Siegfried Sassoon and has made them available free online.

‘The Invisible Bridge,’ by Rick Perlstein  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:07:59 GMT
“The Invisible Bridge,” Rick Perlstein’s panoramic third volume about the rise of the modern conservative movement in America, covers the span of 1973 to 1976.
‘J. D. Salinger: The Escape Artist,’ by Thomas Beller  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:05:52 GMT
Thomas Beller views J. D. Salinger as a New York writer.
‘Beethoven,’ by Jan Swafford  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:05:10 GMT
This biography of Beethoven is also a personal journey through his music and the Enlightenment-era ferment that shaped it.
Open Book: Writing His Own Tune  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:05:07 GMT
The pianist Jeremy Denk is at work on a book, a mix of memoir and thoughts about music tentatively titled “Every Good Boy Does Fine.”
Books of The Times: ‘What We See When We Read,’ by Peter Mendelsund  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:52:58 GMT
“What We See When We Read,” by the graphic artist Peter Mendelsund, explores the way we graft our own images onto the people and places we encounter in fiction.

Amy Bloom: By the Book  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:00:01 GMT
The author, most recently, of “Lucky Us” would like to invite Sappho, George Bernard Shaw and James Baldwin over for a literary dinner. “It’s not clear to me that everyone will get along.”