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  1. Dean Koontz: By the Book
    The author, most recently, of “The City” is a fan of Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy: “Both offer voluptuous yet highly controlled language and profound moral purpose.”






  2. ArtsBeat: One of Marvel’s Avengers Turns to Sign Language
    In an upcoming storyline in “Hawkeye,” the hero has to communicate without hearing.






  3. In First, Americans Are Nominated for Booker Prize
    Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt, Joseph O’Neill and Richard Powers make it onto the Booker’s literary longlist.






  4. Books of The Times: ‘The Interior Circuit,’ by Francisco Goldman
    Francisco Goldman’s new book, “The Interior Circuit,” recounts the troubles that he and his adopted home, Mexico City, have seen, and his attempts to rebound from his.






  5. Thomas Berger, ‘Little Big Man’ Author, Is Dead at 89
    Mr. Berger was known as the author of “Little Big Man” and books that explored the American West, but his body of work was broader than that.






  6. ArtsBeat: Look, Up in the Sky! (For Price of Superman Debut Comic to Be Auctioned on eBay)
    Action Comics No. 1, featuring the debut of Superman, will be auctioned on eBay next month.






  7. Board Books Roundup II — Family and Other Animals
    New board books include Karen Blair’s “Baby Animal Farm” and Yusuke Yonezu’s “Rainbow Chameleon.”






  8. James MacGregor Burns, Scholar of Presidents and Leadership, Dies at 95
    Mr. Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and political scientist, wrote voluminously about the nature of leadership in general and the presidency in particular.






  9. ArtsBeat: Giving Another Debut Author the Colbert Bump
    Stephen Colbert, whose endorsement of the Hachette author Edan Lepucki, helped sales of her book “California,” has now singled out “Sweetness #9,” by Stephan Eirik Clark.






  10. Books of The Times: Catherine Lacey’s Melancholy ‘Nobody Is Ever Missing’
    In Catherine Lacey’s novel “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” a woman abruptly flees her life in New York and flies to New Zealand, where she has one surreal encounter after another.






  11. Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?
    Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.






  12. Curt Gentry, 83, Co-Author of ‘Helter Skelter,’ Dies
    Mr. Gentry’s books ranged from the Manson murders to J. Edgar Hoover to the madams of San Francisco.






  13. Books of The Times: ‘Do Not Sell at Any Price’ and ‘Dust & Grooves’
    “Do Not Sell at Any Price,” by Amanda Petrusich, and “Dust & Grooves,” by Eilon Paz, look at people who are obsessive about collecting old records.






  14. Books: 'Proof' Drinks in the Science of Alcohol
    A study of alcohol — its manufacture and consumption — highlights its reliance on good chemistry and the magical process of fermentation that turns sugars into intoxicating drinks.






  15. Room for Debate: Does Poetry Matter?
    Sunday's New York Times Book Review featured several new collections of poems. But does poetry matter? Is it relevant?






  16. ArtsBeat: The Baffler Puts Its Archive Online
    The acerbic left-wing magazine has made all of its 25 back issues available online for the first time.






  17. Books of The Times: ‘Lucky Us’ by Amy Bloom, a Tale of the 1940s
    In “Lucky Us,” the novelist Amy Bloom describes the improvised passage through the 1940s by two half sisters, their father and loves.






  18. Amazon Unveils E-Book Subscription Service, With Some Notable Absences
    The Internet retailer is entering a competitive field, but is bundling its audiobook library into the service for a decided edge.






  19. ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Life of Clare Boothe Luce
    Sylvia Jukes Morris discusses “Price of Fame.”






  20. ArtsBeat: Poetry Profiles: Four Way Books
    Martha Rhodes discusses the publisher’s work.






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