Books of The Times: In ‘Jell-O Girls,’ a Dark Family History Behind a Candy-Colored Dessert

In this surprising and mesmerizing book, Allie Rowbottom, a descendant of the Jell-O fortune, weaves together memoir and the story of the classic American brand.
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Books of The Times: Can a List of Someone’s Stuff Double as Literature?

Thomas Clerc’s “Interior” is a tour of all the objects in the experimental writer’s 50-square-meter Paris apartment.
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Books of The Times: A Parody of Smut — and of Voltaire — Turns 60

“Candy,” the satirical sex novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg now available in a new anniversary edition, wages guerrilla war on prudery.
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Podcasts Hit the Books

Publishers are striking book deals with podcast creators, hoping to capitalize on the medium’s eclectic voices and passionate fans.
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Books News: The Obama-Biden Bromance Continues. This Time in a Mystery Novel.

In a new crime novel, the 44th president and his vice president team up to solve a suspicious death, and patch up their frayed friendship in the process.
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Books of The Times: How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won

In “The Fall of Wisconsin,” Dan Kaufman shows how the Tea Party’s philosophy has triumphed in a state long known for its progressive traditions.
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Books of The Times: Can Handiwork Save Your Soul? A Quiet Novel Suggests It Can

Daniel Gumbiner’s debut, “The Boatbuilder,” features an opioid addict who discovers the pleasures of physical labor.
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Books of The Times: Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia

In Keith Gessen’s new novel, “A Terrible Country,” a man in New York returns to his hometown of Moscow to care for his grandmother and gets entangled with political activists.
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Books of The Times: When It Comes to Politics, Be Afraid. But Not Too Afraid.

In “The Monarchy of Fear,” the philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum writes against a tradition of philosophical and political thinking that minimizes emotions.
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Books of The Times: Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint

Anna Clark’s “The Poisoned City” and Mona Hanna-Attisha’s “What the Eyes Don’t See” view the water crisis in Flint, Mich., from different angles.
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Books of The Times: A Sleeping Beauty Hopes Hibernation Is the Answer to All Life’s Problems

The narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” hopes that a lot of self-induced sleep will help her “reappear in some new form.”
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Books of The Times: Going for Broke, the Middle Class Goes Broke

“Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America,” by Alissa Quart, is a timely book about the increasing number of people who feel profound economic vulnerability.
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Critic’s Notebook: A Critic Sells Books Down by the Seashore

A bookstore in the village of Wigtown, Scotland, allows people to run the shop while renting an apartment upstairs. A book critic for The Times recently took his turn at the till.
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Books of The Times: What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye

In “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them),” Sallie Tisdale writes about what she’s learned from spending time with the dying.
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Books of The Times: Stepping Out of Character and Starting a New Story

Deborah Levy’s new memoir, “The Cost of Living,” is about how she changed her life near 50 and learned that “the writing life is mostly about stamina.”
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Books of The Times: Seeing the Art World Through Personal and Political Lenses

Nell Painter’s “Old in Art School” and Aruna D’Souza’s “Whitewalling” bring new energy and insight to questions that have long preoccupied the art world.
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Books of The Times: Sonnets That Reckon With Donald Trump’s America

In “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,” Terrance Hayes expresses ambivalence and grief for his country.
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Books of The Times: Pedaling Uphill, on a Bike and in a Marriage

In Joe Mungo Reed’s debut novel, “We Begin Our Ascent,” a cyclist competing in the Tour de France gets wrapped up in the complicated costs of possible victory.
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Books of The Times: A Community Cracked Open by Fracking

Eliza Griswold’s “Amity and Prosperity” follows a single mother’s fight against the impact of fracking in her Pennsylvania county.
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Books of The Times: ‘Unbound’ Shows Transgender Men Ripping Up Old Scripts

In her new book, the sociologist Arlene Stein follows four subjects connected by their experiences at a Florida clinic for gender affirmation surgery.
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Books of The Times: Far From the Shore, a Happy Couple Takes a Turn for the Worse

“Something in the Water” is a chilly thriller by Catherine Steadman, who played Mabel Lane Fox on “Downton Abbey.”
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Nonfiction: Misty Copeland Pirouettes Through Two Books on Dance

Henry Alford’s “And Then We Danced” and Laura Jacobs’s “Celestial Bodies” explore the cultural and personal resonances of the art of movement.
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Books of The Times: The Cry of the Centrist: In ‘Tailspin,’ Steven Brill Bemoans a Polarized America

“Is the world’s greatest democracy and economy broken?” Brill asks in a presumably reassuring passage. “Not compared to the Civil War years, or to the early 1930s.”
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Books of The Times: A Master Storyteller From 19th-Century Brazil, Heir to the Greats and Entirely Sui Generis

“The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis” traces the arc of an influential career that grew increasingly cerebral and surreal as it progressed.
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Books of The Times: ‘There There’ is an Energetic Revelation of a Corner of American Life

Tommy Orange’s debut novel follows 12 Native American characters toward a fateful powwow in Oakland, Calif.
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Books News: Want to Read Michael Lewis’s Next Work? You’ll Be Able to Listen to It First

A growing group of successful authors, including Michael Lewis and Robert Caro, are releasing audio originals, hoping to take advantage of the exploding audiobook market.
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Books of The Times: Bill Clinton and James Patterson Team Up to Imagine a True Fantasy: Sane Politics

In “The President Is Missing,” a take-charge leader goes AWOL in an attempt to stop a computer virus from bringing the United States to a standstill.
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Books of The Times: A Portrait of Weegee That Captures the Man and the Myth in Full

“Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous,” by Christopher Bonanos, is the biography Weegee deserves: sympathetic and comprehensive, a scrupulous account with just the right touch of irreverence.
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Books of The Times: In 1973, an Arsonist Killed 32 People at a Gay Club. Why Has History Shrugged?

In “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation,” Robert W. Fieseler reports on an all but forgotten tragedy in New Orleans.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Reporter,’ Seymour Hersh Recounts Leaping Tall Deadlines in Single Bounds

Hersh’s vaunted career in journalism has included exposes of the massacre at My Lai, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and many more scoops.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Mirage Factory,’ a Thriving Los Angeles Born From Humble Beginnings

Gary Krist tells the story of the city through the lives of three people whose restlessness and ambition transformed it in the early decades of the 20th century.
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Books of The Times: With ‘Kudos,’ Rachel Cusk Completes an Exceptional Trilogy

Our critic calls this series of novels, which began with “Outline” and “Transit,” a “stark, modern, adamantine new skyscraper on the literary horizon.”
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17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer

In addition to the season’s usual fun, there are serious looks at pressing subjects among this summer’s must-reads, including the latest by Beth Macy, Michael Pollan and Jaron Lanier.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Restless Wave,’ John McCain Says America Is Still Exceptional

In his latest and likely last book, McCain expresses concern about the state of the union, but generally stops short of calling out President Trump.
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Storytelling Engines: What Keeps Comic Books Going

Author John Seavey talks about his new book, Storytelling Engines: How Writers Keep Superhero Sagas Going and Going!, which explores what makes it possible for comic book writers to continue finding inspiration over the years – and even decades – of a title’s life.
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Books of The Times: A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar

In “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan writes about the history, science and lessons of LSD and other psychedelic substances.
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Books of The Times: Once Viewed as a Savior of Children, Hans Asperger Is Now Called a Nazi Collaborator

In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer tells the story of how a doctor once praised as an ally in the autism community has come to be judged for his complicity in the Third Reich.
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Books of The Times: With ‘Spring,’ Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Latest Project Comes Into Focus

In the third of four books addressed to his youngest daughter, Knausgaard returns to form, and to ruthlessness, writing to fight a familial legacy of alienation from the world.
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10 Best Flash Comic Books

The Flash, DC Comics’ fastest man alive, has decades of comics to his name, so after doing some speed-reading through his catalogue, we’ve selected the best of the best that every fan of the Scarlet Speedster needs to check out.

Here are the 10 best Flash comics to get you up to speed on the adventures of Barry Allen, Wally West, and the rest of the Flash family.

For more from the world of DC, check out our video on why this Batman story is an instant classic:

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Books of The Times: A Mother Keeps Wartime Secrets in Michael Ondaatje’s New Novel

In “Warlight,” a man and his eccentric friends look after two teenagers in London after the children’s parents leave home for mysterious reasons.
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Books News: The Writer Zinzi Clemmons Accuses Junot Díaz of Forcibly Kissing Her

A comment by Ms. Clemmons sets off a tweet storm of further accusations of verbal abuse by the novelist.
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Books of The Times: ‘Barracoon’ and ‘Slave Old Man’ Approach the Trauma of Slavery With Care and Kinship

Patrick Chamoiseau and Zora Neale Hurston tell, in very different ways, the stories of Africans captured and sold into slavery in the New World.
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Books News: A Work by Zora Neale Hurston Will Finally Be Published

“Barracoon” is a devastating account of the life of Cudjo Lewis, the last living person who was brought to America on a slave ship.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Moralist,’ Woodrow Wilson and the Hazards of Idealism

Patricia O’Toole’s book about the 28th president examines his long-lasting effect on American foreign policy and his complicated relationship with racial politics.
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Books of The Times: To Make Someone Be or Not to Make Someone Be

In her philosophical new novel, “Motherhood,” Sheila Heti ponders questions about the lack of desire to have children and the demands of art.
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Books of The Times: A True-Crime Mystery From the 1950s, Fueled by Racism and Corruption

Gilbert King’s “Beneath a Ruthless Sun” recounts the tangled case that ensued after the wife of a Florida citrus baron said she was raped.
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Books of The Times: In a Raft of New Books, Motherhood From (Almost) Every Angle

Jacqueline Rose’s “Mothers,” one of many new books about the subject, is a sort of Rosetta Stone that examines the particular mix of fascination and dread that mothers engender.
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Books of The Times: Rachel Kushner’s ‘The Mars Room’ Offers Big Ideas in Close Quarters

Kushner’s gritty and persuasive book about a woman sentenced to life in prison recalls works by Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson and Charles Bukowski.
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Books of The Times: Jake Tapper’s ‘Hellfire Club’ Takes Us Back to McCarthy-Era America

The first novel by the CNN anchor is about a new congressman with secrets, and it includes a parade of high-profile political cameos.
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Books of The Times: In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright Ranges Far and Wide

The author of “The Looming Tower” and “Going Clear” captures the Lone Star State in all its shame and glory.
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Books of The Times: After Disaster, Japan Seals Itself Off From the World in ‘The Emissary’

Yoko Tawada’s new novel imagines a time in which language starts to vanish and the elderly care for weakened children.
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Books of The Times: Scorching, Sophisticated New Work From Two of America’s Leading Poets

“Wade in the Water” is the latest collection by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, while the prolific and acclaimed Kevin Young returns with “Brown.”
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Books of The Times: Alex Wagner Digs Into Her Family’s Past in ‘Futureface’

The TV news host Wagner, the only child of a Burmese mother and a white American father, combines memoir and journalism to trace where she came from and who she is.
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Books of The Times: Barbara Ehrenreich Urges Us to Accept, Accept the Dying of the Light

In “Natural States,” Ehrenreich assails the American conflation of health with virtue and offers charming contrarian thoughts about the wellness movement.
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Books of The Times: ‘Berenice Abbott’ Captures a Large and Star-Studded Life

Julia Van Haaften’s biography is about the pioneering photographer who memorably shot the New York skyline and made sensitive portraits of James Joyce and many others.
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Books of The Times: ‘Two Sisters,’ About Teenage Girls Who Left Norway to Fight With ISIS

Asne Seierstad’s new book is about sisters who went to Syria without telling a soul, and their father’s attempt to get them back.
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Books of The Times: Leslie Jamison’s Memoir Finds Its Footing in Sobriety

“The Recovering” is about romanticizing the “unhinged sparks of luminous chaos” in artists’ lives, and then learning not to do that.
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Books of The Times: Geoff Dyer Takes to the Streets With Garry Winogrand

In “The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand,” Dyer’s essays accompany 100 photographs that capture the fallout from the midcentury American moment.
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Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment

Publishers are grappling with how to respond to a cascade of allegations of sexual harassment against authors.
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Books of The Times: In Lorrie Moore’s Nonfiction, the Sounds of an Intellectual Having a Good Time

“See What Can Be Done” collects the acclaimed fiction writer’s book reviews, personal essays, political pieces and ruminations on TV series.
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Children’s Books: In New Books for Kids, Women’s Victories Speak Loud and Clear

On the road to equality, women’s historic achievements have often been dry footnotes in American schools. These authors are out to change that.
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Books of The Times: A Chinese Revolutionary, Reinventing Himself in American Exile

Lauren Hilgers’s “Patriot Number One” offers a detailed and close-up look at immigration through one man’s experience.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Godsong,’ a New Poem That’s 2,000 Years Old

Amit Majmudar’s verse translation of the Bhagavad Gita offers a ravishing and faithful version of that enigmatic religious text.
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Books of The Times: A New Biography Traces Tiger Woods’s Mythical Rise and Fall

Like a pair of supersleuths, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian reconstruct the golfer’s life and offer new angles on old stories.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The People vs. Democracy,’ Trump Is Just One Populist Among Many

Yascha Mounk’s new book shows how populist insurgencies can undermine democracy in the long run.
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Books News: Shakespeare and Company is Coming Back to the West Side and the Village

Despite Amazon and e-books, the famous book seller joins a robust range of independent bookstores that are thriving.
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Books of The Times: Three Views of the Crisis in Women’s Health

Three new books — Maya Dusenbery’s “Doing Harm,” Abby Norman’s “Ask Me About My Uterus” and Michele Lent Hirsch’s “Invisible” — investigate gender bias in medical treatment.
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Books of The Times: In Alan Hollinghurst’s Latest, a Hazy Sex Scandal Looms Over Many Lives

“The Sparsholt Affair” is a slow but impeccable novel that plays out across nearly a century of gay life in England.
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Sick of Winter? Jump-Start Spring With One of These Books

Two books of floral art—one $ 70, one $ 60,000—vie for your bibliographical budget
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Books of The Times: In ‘Behemoth,’ Manufacturing Still Looms Large

Joshua B. Freeman traces the rise of the factory and how it became entwined with Enlightenment ideas of progress.
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Books of The Times: A Monster in the Mold of Hannibal Lecter Haunts ‘The Sandman’

In this thriller by Lars Kepler, the pen name of a husband-and-wife team, a man returns home after 13 years missing and offers clues to a serial killer’s crimes.
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Books of The Times: Steven Pinker Wants You to Know Humanity Is Doing Fine. Just Don’t Ask About Individual Humans.

In “Enlightenment Now,” the psychologist continues his argument that conditions are improving for the species as a whole.
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Books of The Times: American Blindness, Abroad and at Home

In “Political Tribes,” Amy Chua argues that elite Americans underestimate the power of sectarianism, domestically and internationally.
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Books of The Times: First Comes Love, Then Comes What Exactly?

Two new books, Roseann Lake’s “Leftover in China” and Elizabeth Flock’s “The Heart Is a Shifting Sea,” examine how marriage has withstood breakneck economic growth and social change in China and India.
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Books of The Times: Experiments Succeed — and Fail — Spectacularly in Robert Coover’s Lab

“Going for a Beer” collects short fictions by Coover, a pioneering postmodernist who finds a kind of glee in human mess and degradation.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Brotopia,’ Silicon Valley Disrupts Everything but the Boys’ Club

Emily Chang’s book looks at the way male cliques in the tech world use their newfound wealth and power to get whatever it is they had previously been denied — mainly stuff, status and sex.
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Books of The Times: Two Stories Harmonize in Lisa Halliday’s Deft Debut Novel

“Asymmetry” juxtaposes the story of a May-December romance (in which the man closely resembles Philip Roth) with the tragedy of an Iraqi-American family.
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Books of The Times: Mourning With the Help of a Great Dane

In Sigrid Nunez’s charming new novel, “The Friend,” a woman in a small Manhattan apartment inherits a large dog from a man who committed suicide.
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Books of The Times: A Troubled Dad Takes His Family Into the Wild

In Kristin Hannah’s new novel, “The Great Alone,” a father back from the Vietnam War moves to a tiny Alaskan outpost with his wife and daughter.
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Books of The Times: ‘Rise and Kill First’ Shines Light on Israel’s Hidden Assassinations

Ronen Bergman’s blend of history and investigative reporting is a humane book about a contentious subject.
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Books of The Times: ‘Heart Berries’ Shatters a Pattern of Silence

Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir is about growing up on an Indian reservation in Canada and her family’s intergenerational trauma.
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Books of The Times: Two Generations on View in Essays by Martin Amis and Zadie Smith

Amis’s “The Rub of Time” and Smith’s “Feel Free” feature pieces about politics, literature, aging and more.
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Books of The Times: Black Lives Matter and the Intrepid Lives That Preceded It

“When They Call You a Terrorist,” a memoir by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and “A More Beautiful and Terrible History,” by the historian Jeanne Theoharis, offer insights about the civil rights movement past and present.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Frankenstein in Baghdad,’ a Fantastical Manifestation of War’s Cruelties

Ahmed Saadawi’s novel, set in U.S.-occupied Iraq, is an ingenious updating of Mary Shelley’s classic.
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Books of The Times: If Liberalism Is Dead, What Comes Next?

In “Why Liberalism Failed,” Patrick J. Deneen argues that mere tinkering will not address profound discontent with the political establishment.
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Books of The Times: Catching Up With Denis Johnson’s Star-Crossed Drifters

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” a posthumous story collection, is a sequel of sorts to Johnson’s influential and beloved “Jesus’ Son.”
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Books of The Times: Will Democracy Survive President Trump? Two New Books Aren’t So Sure

David Frum’s “Trumpocracy” takes aim at the president and those who empower him, and “How Democracies Die,” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, reads at times like a sly subtweet of the Republican Party.
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Books of The Times: Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race

George S. Schuyler’s “Black No More” and Nella Larsen’s “Passing” have been reissued in time for Black History Month.
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Books of The Times: Ali Smith’s Seasonal Cycle Turns to a Dreamy ‘Winter’

In the second novel of Smith’s projected quartet, four characters in a big rambling house in England have at each other.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Woman in the Window’ Nods to Classics Old and New, From Hitchcock to ‘The Girl on the Train’

A. J. Finn’s psychological thriller is about a woman who believes she’s witnessed a crime in a neighboring building.
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Books of The Times: ‘Neon in Daylight’ Lights Up Ambivalence With Shades of Didion and Others

Hermione Hoby’s first novel is about characters struggling to connect to their desires in the months before Hurricane Sandy hits New York.
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Books of The Times: Sex and Faith Overheat in Jamie Quatro’s ‘Fire Sermon’

Quatro’s first novel, following an acclaimed collection of stories, is about a religious woman in a passionless marriage.
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Books of The Times: On the Lam With Timothy Leary

“The Most Dangerous Man in America,” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, recounts the LSD advocate’s globe-trotting attempt to outrun Richard Nixon and the American law.
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Books of The Times: A Novelist’s Requiem for the Male Libido

The jealous and aging protagonist of Hanif Kureishi’s novel “The Nothing” uses his hearing aid to spy on his young wife and her friend.
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Books of The Times: Recipes for a Tidy and Tasty Death

“The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” has wisdom about sorting through and disposing of many of your possessions, and “The Southern Sympathy Cookbook” offers “funeral food with a twist.”
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Books of The Times: A Political Scandal’s Trauma, Seen From the Inside

Nicholas Montemarano’s new novel, “The Senator’s Children,” is about a family weathering the fallout of a scandal like the one that derailed the presidential aspirations of John Edwards.
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Books News: From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation

In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.
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Books of The Times: Turning the Lens Around on Richard Avedon

In “Avedon: Something Personal,” by Norma Stevens and Steven M. L. Aronson, friends and colleagues remember the fashion photographer who revolutionized his field.
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Books of The Times: Adding Up a Prolific Poet’s Charming Weather Reports

“The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons” showcases, in two very large volumes, the friendly and searching style of a writer who twice won the National Book Award.
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Books of The Times: A Polite Drive for Secession in ‘Radio Free Vermont’

The well-known environmentalist Bill McKibben turns his hand to satire in this novel about an old-school radio host who falls backward into the revolution business.
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Books of The Times: In His Final Fiction, Sam Shepard Chases Familiar Themes

“Spy of the First Person,” about a dying man, is shot through with dread and decay but has parched humor as well.
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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017

The Times’s critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
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Books of The Times: From Ancient Myths to Modern Day, Women and the Struggle for Power

In “Women & Power: A Manifesto,” the Cambridge classicist Mary Beard describes the scale of the problem and suggests some exciting remedies.
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Books News: A Final Work by Sam Shepard Reveals His Struggle With Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The celebrated playwright spent the last months of his life working tirelessly on a final book, an intimate and philosophical look at his protagonist’s — and his own — health struggles.
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Books of The Times: The Story of How Surgeons Cleaned Up Their Act

“The Butchering Art,” by the medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris, recounts how Joseph Lister and others introduced antiseptic practices to medicine.
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Books of The Times: ‘Elmet’ Backs a Brawny Man Into a Dangerous Corner

Fiona Mozley’s debut novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is about a radically self-sufficient family headed toward a reckoning with the society it has renounced.
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Inside the List: Your Favorite Authors Recommend Their Favorite Books

Four books to read now, as suggested by Jacqueline Woodson, Celeste Ng, Kurt Andersen and Neil de Grasse Tyson.
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Newsbook: Books on Navigating Family Dynamics This Thanksgiving

These three titles discuss fostering intimacy, what birth order really means and what brings families together.
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Editors’ Choice: 7 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Books of The Times: Not if the Seas Rise, but When and How High

Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come” reports on climate change and contemplates the future fates of coastal cities.
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100 Notable Books of 2017

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
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Books of The Times: Marguerite Duras’s ‘The Lover,’ and Notebooks That Enrich It

Duras’s best-known novel has been reissued in an Everyman’s Library edition, alongside her “Wartime Notebooks” and “Practicalities,” a collection of essays.
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Books of The Times: The Story of Appalachia, With Plenty of Villains

Steven Stoll’s “Ramp Hollow” is a powerful and outrage-making analysis of the forces, over centuries, that have shaped the region.
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Books of The Times: In Joe Biden’s Memoir, Private Grief and Its Effect on a Public Life

People who have lost someone will take comfort from what Biden has to say about losing his son Beau to brain cancer in “Promise Me, Dad.”
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Books of The Times: Shades of Atwood and Vonnegut in Louise Erdrich’s Dystopian Novel

“Future Home of the Living God,” in the form of a 26-year-old woman’s diary, depicts a future when glitches in evolution are joined by widespread social deterioration.
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Books of The Times: Tina Brown’s ‘Vanity Fair Diaries’ Recall a Glossier Time

Brown’s new book is an edited version of the diaries she kept while presiding over the high-powered magazine at a time when editors still had time and money to burn.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Bohemian Décor Is Trending: These Books Really Show Why

A passel of new titles with different takes on bohemian style—the worldly eclecticism persistently trending in interior design.
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Children’s Books: The Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017

Here are the winners of The New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Awards for 2017.
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Nonfiction: World War II Seen by a Classicist, and Other New Books About Conflict

Thomas E. Ricks surveys 12 new books of military history.
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Books of The Times: A Gentler Jack Reacher Emerges in Lee Child’s Latest Novel

“The Midnight Line” has “more emotional heft than anything Child has written before.”
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Books of The Times: In Alan Bennett’s Diaries, Life’s Pleasures Alongside Civic Outrage

“Keeping On Keeping On” collects the British playwright’s diaries from 2005 to 20015, which include his thoughts on everything from pigeons to politics.
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Books of The Times: A Frisky Debate Between Friends About Growing Old

In “Aging Thoughtfully,” Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore discuss the merits of planned retirement communities, cosmetic surgical procedures and more.
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Books of The Times: A Frisky Debate Between Friends About Growing Old

In “Aging Thoughtfully,” Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore discuss the merits of planned retirement communities, cosmetic surgical procedures and more.
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Books of The Times: A Frisky Debate Between Friends About Growing Old

In “Aging Thoughtfully,” Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore discuss the merits of planned retirement communities, cosmetic surgical procedures and more.
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Books of The Times: Walter Isaacson’s ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Is the Portrait of a Real Renaissance Man

Isaacson’s latest biography of a celebrated visionary captures the perfectionist, misser of deadlines and remarkably prescient genius.
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Books of The Times: ‘Poet in Spain’ Offers New Translations of Lorca’s Soulful Work

The translator Sarah Arvio bypasses Federico García Lorca’s New York poems, focusing instead on what she calls his “moonlit earthbound Spanish poems.”
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Books of The Times: John Grisham Prosecutes For-Profit Law Schools in ‘The Rooster Bar’

Grisham’s new novel translates the ethical and economic issues raised by student-entrapping practices into the high drama of a swift legal thriller.
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Books of The Times: ‘The State of Affairs’ Examines Our Cheating Hearts

The sex and relationship guru Esther Perel’s new book is about the variety of reasons that people stray, and about the paradox of reconciling the erotic and the domestic.
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Books of The Times: ‘Sticky Fingers’ Captures Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner and the Culture He Helped Create

The biographer Joe Hagan understands why a rock magazine editor matters to the history of the 20th century.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Righteous,’ a Stand-Up Sleuth Investigates His Brother’s Murder

Joe Ide’s follow-up to his award-winning debut novel, “IQ,” begins in the exact spot that story left off: in a junkyard with a car full of evidence.
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Books of The Times: A Graphic Novelist’s Passionate Anatomy of New York

Julia Wertz’s majestic portrait of the city is a collection of dramatic streetscapes and hidden histories.
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Books of The Times: The Life of Oriana Fallaci, Guerrilla Journalist

Fallaci, whose interviews got the better of famous figures from Henry Kissinger to Muammar el-Qaddafi, is the subject of a new biography.
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28 New Fiction Books To Add To Your Must-Read List This Fall

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Books of The Times: In Ron Chernow’s ‘Grant,’ an American Giant’s Makeover Continues

Chernow is out to find undiscovered nobility in Ulysses S. Grant’s story, and he succeeds.
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Books of The Times: Sylvia Plath’s Letters Reveal a Writer Split in Two

The massive first volume of Plath’s letters dispels the notion that Plath wasn’t aware of her contradictions or in (some) control of them.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick’ Gives Off a Bright Light

Hardwick scrutinized the work of American writers ranging from Melville and Wharton to Capote and Didion, as well as topics like the civil rights movement and feminism.
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In A World That’s Stranger Than Fiction, Are Americans Still Reading Books?

Publishers claim Trump is affecting book sales. The reality might more complicated.
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Books News: Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

The British author’s best sellers include “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.”
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Books of The Times: Fairy Tales About the Fears Within

The eight fables in Carmen Maria Machado’s “Her Body and Other Parties,” a finalist for the National Book Award, all depict women on the verge.
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Books of The Times: Jeffrey Eugenides’s Short Stories Salvage Wit From Life’s Grind

The stories in “Fresh Complaint” are interested in failure and misbehavior, but they are also threaded with a strong moral sensibility.
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Books of The Times: Through the Lens of the Obama Years, Ta-Nehisi Coates Reckons With Race, Identity and Trump

“We Were Eight Years in Power” is a selection of Coates’s most influential pieces from The Atlantic, with new material about what he was thinking and feeling when he wrote them.
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Books of The Times: Jennifer Egan Updates the Old-Fashioned Page-Turner in ‘Manhattan Beach’

Egan’s fifth novel is about a young woman working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during World War II, and about the mystery of why her father disappeared.
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Shop.org 2017: Kobe Bryant Talks Career Transition, Books, Oscars Chatter

Kobe Bryant used to dream of winning basketball championships and now may be fulfilling what so many in Hollywood often fantasize about, with buzz building around a potential Oscar nomination.
The retired Los Angeles Laker’s short animated film “Dear Basketball” has been chatted up as a possible Oscar nominee in what he said was meant to be “my retirement letter to the game.”
“To sit here right now, to even hear you say that the film is even being considered for an Oscar nom, that’s crazy. I’m winning championships. That’s what I dream of. That’s beyond any realm of any dream whatsoever,” he said.
Bryant, chief executive officer of Kobe Inc. and a general partner at Bryant Stibel, closed out the National Retail Federation’s annual Shop.org conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center Wednesday talking about the transformation he’s undergone via projects taken up since his move away from professional basketball.
Chief among those is Granity Studios, which he said he’s focused on building. The company’s name is a fusion of the words “greater than infinity,” with the bold vision of creating a media company that tells stories withstanding the test of time. The athlete said he’s working on eight different novels, something he said

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Books of The Times: With a Friend Like Him, They Didn’t Need Enemies

In “Difficult Women,” David Plante writes about his friendships with the novelist Jean Rhys, the feminist writer Germaine Greer and Sonia Orwell, George’s widow.
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Books of The Times: Stephen King and Son Team Up for a Novel About Women Whose Sleep Should Not Be Disturbed

In “Sleeping Beauties,” by Stephen King and his son Owen, women who fall asleep don’t wake up, and grow tendrils that are best left alone.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Far Away Brothers’ Breathes Vivid Life Into Immigration Issues

Lauren Markham’s impeccably timed and intimately reported book follows twin teenage brothers on their journey from El Salvador to California.
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Books of The Times: On the Road With the Casualties of the Great Recession

To write “Nomadland,” Jessica Bruder spent three years traveling and working alongside grandparents and others living in school buses and vans seeking seasonal work.
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Books of The Times: A Father and Son Sail Through Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ Together

In “An Odyssey,” Daniel Mendelsohn recounts what happened when his 81-year-old father enrolled in one of his classes at Bard College.
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Books News: Looking for Buddhist Wisdom in ‘The Princess Bride’

In a new book, Ethan Nichtern divines lessons about love, family and Buddhism from the cult classic. Just don’t expect Inigo Montoya to find enlightenment.
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The 10 Incendiary Nonfiction Books Up For A National Book Award

This is a politically timely array of histories, investigations, and polemics you won’t want to miss.
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Books of The Times: The Gloom, Doom and Occasional Joy of the Writing Life

“Draft No. 4,” John McPhee’s 32nd book, collects the writing advice of the longtime New Yorker staff writer and Princeton professor.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Liner Notes,’ Loudon Wainwright Looks Squarely at His Flaws and His Musical Family Tree

The folk singer — ex-husband of Kate McGarrigle and father of Rufus Wainwright, among his other connections — does not go easy on himself in this memoir.
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Books of The Times: Hillary Clinton Opens Up About ‘What Happened,’ With Candor, Defiance and Dark Humor

Clinton’s account of the 2016 election is part post-mortem, part feminist manifesto and part score-settling jubilee.
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Books News: Ian Buruma on a New Era at The New York Review of Books

Buruma has officially begun his tenure at the intellectual magazine, taking over from Robert Silvers, who died in March after having edited it since 1963.
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Oh Sweet Joy, The ‘Sweet Valley High’ Books Are Getting A Movie Adaptation

Time to revisit your favorite identical twins with aquamarine eyes.
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Thriller ‘Marlina the Murderer’ Books North America Release Deals Ahead of Toronto Bow

Indonesian thriller “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” has been sold to the U.S. and Canada  ahead of its North American premiere at the Toronto festival on Sept. 12. According to Asian Shadows, which handles international sales of the film helmed by Mouly Surya, the film was picked up by Northern Banner, Raven Banner’s specialty… Read more »

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Books of The Times: ‘Ranger Games’ Investigates a Crime and a Soldier’s Mind

Ben Blum tries to get to the bottom of his cousin’s participation in an armed bank robbery.
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Books of The Times: Faulkner and Other Ghosts Sing Through Jesmyn Ward’s New Novel

Ward’s third novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” follows a tender teenager and his drug-addicted mother on a road trip.
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