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Margaret Forster’s ‘Unknown Bridesmaid’ 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:53:01 GMT 
    A child psychologist is troubled by her own adolescence.


Author's Note: Be Polite With Your Books 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:44 GMT 
    The etiquette of borrowing, recommending and reshelving books.


Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:01 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.


Paperback Row 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:00 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.


Inside the List 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:51:55 GMT 
    Ian McEwan, whose novel “The Children Act” is No. 4 on the hardcover fiction list, keeps a tally on his website of academic dissertations and theses discussing his work.


Deborah Levy’s ‘Black Vodka’ and ‘Things I Don’t Want to Know’ 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:48:26 GMT 
    In two books, Deborah Levy explores exile, estrangement and the deferral of desire.


‘The Paying Guests,’ by Sarah Waters 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:48:13 GMT 
    In Sarah Waters’s novel of illicit love in 1920s London, a widow and her spinster daughter take a young couple into their home.


‘A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing,’ by Eimear McBride 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:47:53 GMT 
    An Irish woman leaves behind a sick brother and an abusive home life in this coming-of-age novel.


‘Stone Mattress,’ by Margaret Atwood 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:47:38 GMT 
    There’s plenty of life left in the aging protagonists of Margaret Atwood’s “tales.”


The Shortlist: Raffaella Barker's 'From a Distance,' and More 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:43:15 GMT 
    New books by Raffaella Barker, Elizabeth Gaffney, Jennie Rooney and Jacqueline Winspear.


Open Book: Civil War (and Family) History 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:42:39 GMT 
    Laird Hunt learned about his Civil War-era ancestors while doing research for his novel “Neverhome.”


Short Story: Book Excerpt: ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’ 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:42:52 GMT 
    The title story from Hilary Mantel’s forthcoming collection. Her most recent novels, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” both won the Man Booker Prize.








‘Daring: My Passages,’ by Gail Sheehy 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:10:34 GMT 
    Gail Sheehy’s memoir, “Daring: My Passages,” is effusive, fulsome and detailed but surprisingly unrevealing.








‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,’ by Jeff Hobbs 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:10:47 GMT 
    Jeff Hobbs tells the story of Robert DeShaun Peace, who went from a New Jersey ghetto to Yale but never truly escaped his past.


Mark Whitaker’s ‘Cosby’ 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:55:28 GMT 
    A biography of Bill Cosby chronicles the outspoken comedian’s rise to stardom, along with personal and professional setbacks.


‘The Emerald Light in the Air,’ by Donald Antrim 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:30:39 GMT 
    Men and women are forced to make detours into unfamiliar territory in Donald Antrim’s first story collection.
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