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"I reviewed so many novels in the 1970s that I sort of burned out on fiction." Larry McMurtry, By the Book: nyti.ms/1oTVoYk
Peter Heller's "The Painter" is "an ultimately moving story about love, celebrity and the redemptive power of art." nyti.ms/1ntb6u2
"Elephant Company," about the role of elephants in WWII, is "nothing less than a sweeping tale, masterfully written." nyti.ms/1nt2Qub
"My adoption of others' voices made it even more difficult to find mine." Anna Holmes in this week's Bookends: nyti.ms/1nkD06Q
"His desire to avoid publicity was not a reaction to publicity." Thomas Beller discusses his new book about Salinger: nyti.ms/1ntdwbZ
Do genes shape behavior and history, or are they malleable? Two authors disagree. nyti.ms/1r8soPK
New Shortlist, about foodies, includes Michael Gibney's "tender and profane" "Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line." nyti.ms/1mLQXyC
In Chris Weitz's "The Young World," a mysterious illness spreads worldwide, sparing only adolescents. nyti.ms/1qVPHLe
Steve Brezenoff's young adult novel "Guy in Real Life" "struggles to be about both gaming and gender." nyti.ms/U8u9hE
James Romm's "Dying Every Day" is "a fresh and empathetic exploration" of the Stoic philosopher Seneca. nyti.ms/U8tPj3
"For a chaste romance," Una LaMarche's young adult novel "Like No Other" "can be surprisingly seductive." nyti.ms/1r8uq2t
New picture books about the great outdoors include Lisa Moroni's "Watch Out for the Crocodile." Slide show: nyti.ms/1r8u9wt
Martin Windrow knew had had to steer clear of "the obvious trap of anthropomorphism" in writing about his pet owl: nyti.ms/1oTSbbh
In Kathryn Ma's first novel, a girl adopted from China finds it difficult to situate herself in American life. nyti.ms/1nt8s7F
Joan Rivers's "Diary of a Mad Diva" is filled with rapid-fire politically incorrect jokes. Inside the List: nyti.ms/1ycMuJE
"Astonish Me," Maggie Shipstead's second novel, set in the world of ballet, "trips along to its unsurprising end." nyti.ms/1oTVOhw
The latest New York Times best-seller lists: nyti.ms/1nkERZc
Leonard S. Marcus reviews three picture books that feature children struggling with displacement and new surroundings nyti.ms/U27C5U
"Preparing the Ghost" is a "slyly charming" look at the "compulsion to understand the mystery of the giant squid." nyti.ms/1oTVaAm
Martin Windrow's "touching" memoir is about his 15-year relationship with the tawny owl who changed his life. nyti.ms/U8sqce
Howard W. French tells "fascinating" stories in "China's Second Continent," about Chinese migration to Africa. nyti.ms/1orAAEq
Do genes shape behavior and history, or are they malleable? Two authors disagree. nyti.ms/1rf1Jyq
Matthew Gavin Frank's "Preparing the Ghost" is a "slyly charming" book about the mystery of the giant squid. nyti.ms/1q4nLH2
Peter Heller's "The Painter" is "an ultimately moving story about love, celebrity and the redemptive power of art." nyti.ms/1qROQuP
Larry McMurtry was disappointed by "Fifty Shades of Grey." By the Book: nyti.ms/1oMyJvl