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Books of The Times: Pedaling Uphill, on a Bike and in a Marriage
In Joe Mungo Reed?s debut novel, ?We Begin Our Ascent,? a cyclist competing in the Tour de France gets wrapped up in the complicated costs of possible victory.
Nonfiction: An Exhaustive Analysis of Harper Lee?s Enduring Legacy in America
Tom Santopietro?s ?Why ?To Kill a Mockingbird? Matters? is painstakingly researched, if substantively and structurally flawed.
Nonfiction: Harper Lee and Her Father, the Real Atticus Finch
Joseph Crespino?s ?biography? of the virtuous lawyer in ?To Kill a Mockingbird,? and the real man he was modeled after, brings to life the inconsistencies of the South.
Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Drafting a Eulogy for Classic Rock
In ?Twilight of the Gods,? Steven Hyden writes about what a generation of music gave to the culture ? and whether any of it can last.
Nonfiction: Misty Copeland Pirouettes Through Two Books on Dance
Henry Alford?s ?And Then We Danced? and Laura Jacobs?s ?Celestial Bodies? explore the cultural and personal resonances of the art of movement.
Nonfiction: Click ?Delete? to Save Your Soul
In his latest book, ?Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now,? the virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier argues that social media companies are turning us into robotic extensions of their machines.
The Book Review Podcast: Michael Pollan on Drugs
On this week?s podcast, Pollan discusses his new book about psychedelics, ?How to Change Your Mind,? and Edward Tenner talks about big data and Silicon Valley?s ?Efficiency Paradox.?
Fiction: Two New Books From Australia, Unconstrained by Literary Convention
?Border Districts? and ?Stream System,? by Gerald Murnane, reflect the author?s forays into the inner reaches of his own mind.
A Hard Childhood Compressed Into Poetry, With Concision and Heat
In his collection ?Not Here,? the poet Hieu Minh Nguyen makes art from his memories of racism and abuse.
Nonfiction: Curious About Your Ancestry? Submit a DNA Swab, and a Big Grain o...
In her book ?Futureface,? Alex Wagner takes a skeptical look at companies that research our genetics only to hedge their bets in the fine print.
Nonfiction: A History of the Energy We Have Consumed
In his new book, Richard Rhodes makes his way through four centuries of energy use, from oil to nuclear, and how each innovation has changed the world.
Was Autism a Nazi Invention?
In ?Asperger?s Children,? Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child euthanasia.
William Reese, Leading Seller of Rare Books, Is Dead at 62
For nearly 40 years, Mr. Reese shaped tastes, cultivated collectors and advised museums and libraries from his by-appointment-only store in New Haven.
Fiction: Twins, Foils, Frauds: A Posthumous Novel on the Puzzle of Free Will
In ?The Solitary Twin,? by Harry Mathews, fractured identities come together in small, miraculous revelations that never feel contrived at all.
Stephen Reid, Gentleman Bank Robber Turned Writer, Dies at 68
Mr. Reid, a member of the Stop Watch Gang, later found success as a writer, but he was never able to fully leave his past behind.



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