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Nonfiction: The Comic Strip?s Heyday in ?Cartoon County?
Cullen Murphy recounts his coming-of-age among the elites of American illustration.
Nonfiction: The Hand of the Comic Artist
Manohla Dargis reviews two new books that examine the aesthetics and the business of comics, from Superman to R. Crumb.
Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Elif Shafak on Mixing Faith and Doubt
In Shafak?s new novel, ?Three Daughters of Eve,? a woman attends a dinner party in Istanbul and flashes back to charged friendships during her college days.
By the Book: Jason Segel: By the Book
The actor and co-author of, most recently, ?Otherworld? has been reading a lot of plays. ?There is such an admirable fearlessness in that world.?
Fiction: Lives Other Than His Own
In Jenny Erpenbeck?s timely novel, a retired classics professor finds his routine existence transformed when he befriends a group of African refugees.
Nonfiction: Making Citizens? Lives Better
David Goldfield?s ?The Gifted Generation? explains the importance of government.
The Book Review Podcast: Mary Beard on ?Women & Power?
Beard discusses her new manifesto, and Hillary Chute talks about ?Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere.?
Bette Howland, Author and Protégée of Bellow?s, Dies at 80
Ms. Howland wrote three well-regarded books and in 1984 won a MacArthur grant. But then she largely disappeared, to be rediscovered only recently.
Newsbook: Amid California Forest Fires, 3 Books Set Among Flames
These books explore historical fires and the lives they have touched.
What Is Your Choice for Word of the Year?
Oxford Dictionaries chose ?youthquake? as the international Word of the Year, which has some people scratching their heads. Do you have a better idea?
Model, Countess, Author, Spy: Aline Griffith Is Dead
An American espionage agent in Madrid in World War II, she went on to recount daring adventures (embroidered or not) in a raft of books.
Children?s Books: Live Art With Children?s Book Illustrators
Visual artists have always had an important place in children?s literature. Watch leading children?s books illustrators draw, paint, collage and discuss books with The Times?s children?s books editor, Maria Russo.
Paperback Row
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Fiction: Mysteries Unfold in a Land of Minarets and Magic Carpets
The first of a projected trilogy, S. A. Chakraborty?s fantastical adventure novel, ?The City of Brass,? riffs on the imagery of Islamic folklore.
Nonfiction: A Freed Hostage Audits the Murky Business of Captive Negotiations
In ?The Trade,? the American journalist Jere Van Dyk relives the injustices he suffered both during and following his captivity at the hands of the Taliban.



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