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‘Snow in May,’ by Kseniya Melnik 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:30:08 GMT 
    These stories portray women’s lives in Magadan, Russia, a town known as an entryway to gulag labor camps.


‘Closed Doors,’ by Lisa O’Donnell 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:29:53 GMT 
    A boy in a remote Scottish town tries to understand the terrible thing that has happened to his mother.


‘Stuff Matters,’ by Mark Miodownik 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:29:40 GMT 
    Why do paper clips bend? What makes elastic stretchy? A scientist examines the ubiquitous substances we take for granted.


Inside the List 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:29:17 GMT 
    Marja Mills, whose “Mockingbird Next Door” is No. 4 on the hardcover nonfiction list, spent ample time observing Harper Lee going about her ordinary daily life.


The Shortlist: Lee Upton’s ‘Tao of Humiliation,’ and More 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:28:24 GMT 
    New books by Lee Upton, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, David James Poissant and Adam Wilson.


Open Book: Captivating and Repellent 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:21:05 GMT 
    Ben Macintyre says Kim Philby’s writings are “completely unreliable, which makes sifting fact from fiction a real challenge, but a hugely enjoyable one.”


‘The Transcriptionist,’ by Amy Rowland 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:18:12 GMT 
    Amy Rowland’s solitary heroine is unhinged by a harrowing stream of disembodied words.


Philip Ziegler’s ‘Olivier’ 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:17:51 GMT 
    A biography of the “strangely hidden” man who, since boyhood, wanted to be “the greatest actor in the world.”


‘Brando’s Smile,’ by Susan L. Mizruchi 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:17:30 GMT 
    A biographer of Marlon Brando delves into the archives and tries to demystify her complex subject.


Bookshelf: Finding a Voice in Words and Deeds 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:38:39 GMT 
    “Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943” is an anthology of memoirs, poetry, political commentary and newspaper excerpts. “Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War” gives a backstage tour of the antiwar movement.






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