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Crime: The Latest in Crime Novels: Bad Mothers, Bad Memories and Bad Sex Toys

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Photo Credit Pablo Amargo The most unnerving thing about Ali Land’s debut novel, GOOD ME BAD ME (Flatiron, $25.99), is that you can trust the word of Annie Thompson, the 15-year-old narrator, because she’s speaking to the mother she loves and misses. The anguished conversation is one-sided because her mother is about to go on Read More

Nonfiction: President Clinton Looks Back at President Grant

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“The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” ends shortly after the surrender at Appomattox Court House, and as Chernow states in his introduction, many biographies of Grant skip over his presidency as an “embarrassing coda” dominated by multiple scandals. As Chernow puts it, “It is sadly ironic that Grant’s presidency became synonymous with corruption, since Read More

American Beauties: Riding Shotgun on Martha Gellhorn’s Brave and Comic Adventures

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But “Travels With Myself and Another” is her most intimate book and not well-enough known. As Bill Buford wrote in his foreword to a 2001 reissue of it, in the complexity of her observations “she prefigures the works of people like Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux and Jonathan Raban and the renaissance of first-person adventure Read More

Nonfiction: Is Globalization Drawing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart?

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Ignatieff concludes that globalization has, in fact, shaped certain fundamental aspects of the moral reasoning of his interlocutors. The spread of democracy and of the idea of human rights universalized the notion that citizens have a right to be heard. The people Ignatieff speaks with have not only a sense of standing, but of equal Read More

Nonfiction: How a Villa on the Riviera Became the Year-Round Playground of the Superrich

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The partying started in 1932, as soon as the house was habitable, with an outdoor luncheon for 50 people. Over the next few years, the entertaining was lavish and incessant. Elliott didn’t like to be alone, and rarely was. In the years between the wars, she became something of a den mother to the brightest Read More

Nonfiction: Three Wealthy Women and Their Venetian Mansion

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Photo Peggy Guggenheim on the roof of Ca’ Nonfinito, “the unfinished house,” overlooking the Grand Canal. Credit Frank Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection, via Getty Images THE UNFINISHED PALAZZO Life, Love and Art in VeniceBy Judith MackrellIllustrated. 408 pp. Thames & Hudson. $34.95. Because the city of Venice has more history than real estate, many of Read More

Nonfiction: Biltmore House, America’s Original McMansion

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Photo The Biltmore House, circa 1900. Credit John H. Tarbell/Library of Congress THE LAST CASTLE The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home By Denise KiernanIllustrated. 388 pp. Touchstone. $28. Three years ago, I toured Biltmore House, the 175,000-square-foot mansion in Asheville, N.C., that, on completion in 1895, became Read More

MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

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Cecilia A. Conrad, a managing director of the foundation and the leader of the fellows program, said the goal was to find “people on the precipice,” where the award will make a difference, but also to inspire creativity more broadly. Photo The playwright Annie Baker. Credit Emily Andrews for The New York Times “We hope Read More

Nora Johnson, Author of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84

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She attended the Brearley School in Manhattan, Abbot Academy in Massachusetts and Smith College, where she received her degree in 1954. Ms. Johnson based “The World of Henry Orient,” published in 1958, on her experiences at Brearley. A satire, it revolves around two precocious 13-year-old girls who become obsessed with a classical pianist. In her Read More

Ask the Novelist Celeste Ng About Race and Writing

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Photo Celeste Ng Credit Kevin Day Photography “Little Fires Everywhere,” the latest novel by the Asian-American author Celeste Ng, takes place in the 1990s, in a Midwestern suburb that may seem like utopia. In The New York Times Book Review, Eleanor Henderson wrote that Ms. Ng reminds us how “20 years ago, in the age Read More