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"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

 

NYT Book News

‘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.