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"The weirdest books in either stack are the United States censuses of 1920 and 1930." Michael Lewis, By the Book: nyti.ms/1epMa4K
"The breadth, nerve and intricacy of Francine Prose's big new novel should surprise even her most regular readers." nyti.ms/1oRi0vk
In Sunday's Book Review, an original graphic short story by Chris Ware: "Heads or Tails," about the life of a penny: nyti.ms/1n04xzp
"I've never felt guilty reading a book. My literary guilty pleasure is television." Michael Lewis, By the Book: nyti.ms/1gbEmyi
Adam Begley's bio of John Updike is "an honorable book but also a slight, frictionless and oddly subdued one." nyti.ms/1e87HOR
Emma Donoghue's novel "Frog Music" is based on a murder in San Francisco in 1876 that was never conclusively solved. nyti.ms/1iq6NsR
In new Bookends, Pankaj Mishra and Rivka Galchen discuss how fiction writers have approached the subject of money: nyti.ms/1eevwF3
"The Price of Silence" is an "exhaustive, surprisingly gripping retelling" of the Duke University lacrosse scandal. nyti.ms/QYjLrT
VIDEO: Tim Federle talks about "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!" and the art of writing for younger readers. nyti.ms/1kjrQ7s
"Read enough Lydia Davis and her stories start happening to you." Peter Orner reviews "Can't and Won't." nyti.ms/1ei1H0E
Latest Crime column: new books by Donna Leon, Peter Robinson, Owen Laukkanen and Joyce Carol Oates. nyti.ms/1jiV0Qe
Slide show of new picture books, including "Stella's Starliner," about a little fox and her shiny Airstream trailer: nyti.ms/1e1KZb1
What were the first books you felt you "should" read? Read answers by Dana Stevens & Anna Holmes, & share your own: nyti.ms/1lI37cu
"Damn. Another writer I have to care about." Tom Shone reviews Lawrence Osborne's "Ballad of a Small Player": nyti.ms/1lI2Vdv
This week's New York Times best-seller lists: nyti.ms/1lI3t2P
Akhil Sharma's new novel, "Family Life," is "deeply unnerving and gorgeously tender at its core." nyti.ms/PyI5j1
Peter Matthiessen, author and naturalist, is dead at 86. nyti.ms/PyHQEH
Akhil Sharma, Nickolas Butler, Lydia Davis, Leslie Jamison, Crime, Children's Books & more. New Book Review is up: nyti.ms/Oit7fI
Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Buried Giant," his first novel in 10 years, will be published in spring 2015: nyti.ms/1i8wvlC
John Paul Stevens is a big fan of "the author of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare." By the Book: nyti.ms/1pX8La4
Reading all of Phil Jackson's books: "As in meditation, the rewards are considerable, but so is the suffering." nyti.ms/OfjlLq
The author Laurie Colwin used simple, unfussy food to bring people together. Decades later, many have followed. nyti.ms/OdhyX7
The little mermaids in two new picture books make for a refreshing, amusing departure from their famous predecessor. nyti.ms/1gO7Pmb
Lydia Davis's stories "are briny and often delicious . . . though also a bit impudent and stunted." nyti.ms/1i0Vszg
Michael Lewis's "Flash Boys" describes the "surreal-seeming technology" that replaced the old trading floor. nyti.ms/OaZ8q2