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