Tag: Books and Literature

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Nonfiction: From Rags to Ill-Gotten Riches in 1930s China

CITY OF DEVILSThe Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old ShanghaiBy Paul French299 pp. Picador. $28 Shanghai...

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Nonfiction: Rome Wasn’t Sacked in a Day

ROMEA History in Seven SackingsBy Matthew KnealeIllustrated. 417 pp. Simon & Schuster. $30. When we think of Rome...

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Books News: The Book Everyone in the Netherlands Is Talking About Is Finally Coming to the U.S.

AMSTERDAM — Astrid Holleeder is a household name here in the Netherlands. If you’ve never heard of her,...

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Nonfiction: The Woman Who Created a Monster

IN SEARCH OF MARY SHELLEYBy Fiona Sampson304 pp. Pegasus Books. $28.95. There have been more than 20 biographies...

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Crime: For Marilyn Stasio, Any Place Can Be the Scene of the Crime

♦ If you can overlook the high body count, THE BOUNCER (Mysterious Press, $26), by David Gordon, is...

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Fiction: Classical Myths Filtered Through a Modern Prism

METAMORPHICABy Zachary Mason282 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $26. We are living in an age of great cultural...

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Fiction: Rumpelstiltskin Redux

SPINNING SILVERBy Naomi Novik466 pp. Del Rey. $28. Winter is growing longer each year in the countryside, where...

Books of The Times: Can a List of Someone’s Stuff Double as Literature?

For three years, the French writer Thomas Clerc cloistered himself in his 50-square-meter Parisian apartment, compiling an annotation...

The Book Review Podcast: An Inside View of Putin

“The English and Their History” by Robert Tombs We would love to hear your thoughts about this episode,...

Nonfiction: Writing as Drag: Alexander Chee’s Essays Consider the Novelist’s Craft

HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVELEssaysBy Alexander Chee280 pp. Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Paper, $15.99. “How to Write an...