Books of The Times: O.K., Google: How Much Money Have I Made for You Today?

In “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” Shoshana Zuboff methodically dissects a new economic order that exploits our “every move, emotion, utterance and desire.”
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Books of The Times: A Newly Published Story for the New Way We Read Sylvia Plath

“Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom” is a brief allegorical tale of a train journey into hell.
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Books of The Times: The Real-Life Story of ‘The Last Whalers’ Reads Like a First-Rate Novel

Doug Bock Clark’s first book is an immersive, densely reported look at a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who live on a remote Indonesian island.
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Critic’s Choice Awards Fashion Review: Brighter Times Ahead

Seeing so many all-white fashion looks on the Critic’s Choice Awards blue carpet Sunday night, you might have thought Hollywood was making another political statement, following last year’s all-black fashion action at the Golden Globes to protest gender inequality.
But the trend is just a trend, at least according to Allison Janney. “We’re all just feeling it,” she said, looking a bit like a superhero in a white Alberta Ferretti cape and pants look, piled high with Neil Lane diamonds.
“Perhaps it is a subconscious message of hope. Brighter times ahead,” added her stylist Tara Swennen.
Or perhaps Hollywood stars, like so many others this January, are obsessed with organization guru Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, “Tidying Up!” Whatever the reason, the fashion news of the night was a clean sweep. Emily Blunt seemed to get the memo, wearing a crystal-embroidered white silk Prada gown that her stylist Jessica Paster described as “fresh and simple.” Constance Wu romanced in Rodarte, and Lady Gaga in billowy blush Calvin Klein (though sadly, without hair colored to match this time).
Women wore the pants—a lot, with Julia Roberts choosing a deconstructed tuxedo by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton and Claire Foy projecting power in a navy blue asymmetrical

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Books of The Times: Why Fighting Fake News With the Facts Might Not Be Enough

“Down to Earth,” by Bruno Latour, and “The Misinformation Age,” by Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, help us think through an era in which the idea of truth has become a political football.
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Books of The Times: ‘Cat Person’ and Other Tales of Discomfort in a Debut Collection

Kristen Roupenian’s “You Know You Want This” includes the short story that went viral after it was published in The New Yorker in late 2017.
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Books of The Times: Dangerously Deep Sleep Is Contagious in ‘The Dreamers’

Karen Thompson Walker’s second novel is about a virus that causes people to nod off for very long periods and dream in disastrous premonitions.
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Emma Watson talks of ‘optimism’ on Time’s Up anniversary

Actress reflects on first year of the initiative which was set up to combat sexual harassment.
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Books of The Times: Raising Kids Isn’t Easy. Parenting Advice Often Makes It Harder.

In “Act Natural: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting,” Jennifer Traig tracks the often useless, contradictory and downright harmful advice that has been given to parents.
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Books of The Times: In Stories From an Argentine Surrealist, Circles of Madness and Violence

Samanta Schweblin’s collection “Mouthful of Birds” offers parodies of work and family life, with characters who constantly talk themselves out of perceived reality.
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Books of The Times: A Breezy Look at Eve Babitz, a Writer With a Born Feel for the Charms of Los Angeles

Lili Anolik’s “Hollywood’s Eve” fills in many of the gaps in our knowledge of Babitz’s life and work.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Earth Dies Streaming,’ Film Criticism That Transcends Raves and Pans

A. S. Hamrah, the resident movie critic of the journal n+1, is committed to his ambivalence, conveying it with a mixture of precision and conviction.
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Books of The Times: A Serious Reader Offers Appealingly Casual Thoughts on Reading, and Life

In “The Word Pretty,” Elisa Gabbert delivers personal essays that are more inquisitive and obsessive than most.
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Books of The Times: A Masterpiece That Requires Your Full Attention — and a Lot of Time

At nearly 1,700 pages, Uwe Johnson’s novel “Anniversaries” takes the form of a yearlong diary covering 1968, written by a German woman who has moved to New York City with her young daughter.
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Books of The Times: The Multiverse Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be in ‘Come With Me’

Helen Schulman’s new novel is about an algorithm that allows people to play out alternative virtual-reality scenarios from their past.
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Books of The Times: A Look at Competition in Business Urges Us to Think Small

In “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age,” Tim Wu argues for busting up big businesses into smaller parts, and shows how it was once a veritable American tradition.
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Books of The Times: A Debut Novel Unfolds Over 48 Tense Hours in London

Guy Gunaratne’s “In Our Mad and Furious City,” longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is told in alternating viewpoints after a murder roils the city.
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Books of The Times: A Memoir That Might Inspire You to Break a Sweat

Peter Sagal, the host of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR, writes about the rigors and rewards of his life as a runner in “The Incomplete Book of Running.”
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Times Critics Discuss the Year in Books, From Triumphs to Disappointments

The Times’s staff critics talk with each other about the wide variety of reading they did in 2018.
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Books of The Times: Revelations and Reckonings in a Sex Scandal From Long Before #MeToo

In “Bringing Down the Colonel,” Patricia Miller unearths the 19th-century case of Madeline Pollard, who sued a five-term House representative for breach of promise to marry.
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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018

The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
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The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
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Books of The Times: A New Biography Takes on Edward Gorey, a Stubborn Enigma and Master of the Comic Macabre

Mark Dery’s “Born to Be Posthumous” is an entertaining account of the hard-to-know artist behind “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” and other dark delights.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Governesses’ Offers Subtle Lessons in Shame, Constraint and Lust

Anne Serre’s slender work of fiction, recently translated from the French, is about three carnal but innocent women working for a large family.
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Books of The Times: Los Angeles Through the Centuries, Glimpsed by Kerouac, de Beauvoir, Waugh and Others

In “Dear Los Angeles,” the editor David Kipen compiles excerpts from the letters and diaries of a wide range of people to compose a kaleidoscopic view of the city.
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Books of The Times: How Fugitive Slaves Exposed the Idea of the ‘United’ States as a Lie

Andrew Delbanco’s “The War Before the War” excavates the past in ways that illuminate the present.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Condition of Secrecy’ Teems With Love for Language and the Natural World

In her wide-ranging essays, the Danish writer Inger Christensen, who died in 2009, cuts her towering erudition with mischief and generosity.
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Books of The Times: ‘Anthony Powell’ Captures the Rich, Long Life of the Man Behind an Epic Series

Hilary Spurling’s latest biography is of the English writer whose 12-novel cycle, “A Dance to the Music of Time,” maintains its irony, wit and resonance.
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Books of The Times: Natasha Trethewey’s Poems Take Wing on Intimate Details

Filled with food, music and hard toil, selections of the two-time poet laureate’s work are brought together in “Monument.”
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Books of The Times: In ‘Becoming,’ Michelle Obama Mostly Opts for Empowerment Over Politics

The former first lady’s memoir is mostly about her childhood in Chicago, her marriage and her time in the White House, but she leaves room for some unequivocal criticism of President Trump.
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Books of The Times: How ‘America First’ and ‘American Dream’ Went From Hazy Sentiments to Loaded Clichés

In “Behold, America,” Sarah Churchwell writes about the long and complicated history of two potent political phrases.
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Books of The Times: ‘Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly’ Hunts for Big — and Elusive — Game

Joshua Rivkin allows that his book about the fiercely private Twombly is something “stranger and more personal” than a conventional biography.
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Books of The Times: The Wheels Come Off an American Journey in Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Feral Detective’

In Lethem’s 11th novel, a wisecracking woman goes in search of her friend’s missing daughter — and elusive truths about her country.
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9 Times PCAs Performer John Legend Created Change With His Music

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Books of The Times: A Life of Nietzsche Turns the Spotlight on an Idol Long Misunderstood

In “I Am Dynamite!,” by Sue Prideaux, the philosopher steps out of the mists of obfuscation and rumor, vividly evoked as a thinker and a man.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Heavy,’ Kiese Laymon Recalls the Weight of Where He’s Been

An American memoir full of devotion and betrayal, euphoria and anguish, tender embraces and rough abuse.
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Books of The Times: The Revival of the Great Lucia Berlin Continues Apace

“Evening in Paradise,” a book of short stories by Berlin, who died in 2014, has just been published, as well as a fragmentary memoir, “Welcome Home.”
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Jerry Seinfeld on Louis C.K., Roseanne and Tense Times in Comedy

Analytical as ever, the comic has strong opinions about disgraced peers like Cosby. He says the audience is always right (even about his #MeToo joke).
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Books of The Times: In Two New Books, Unhappy Conservatives Ask: What Now?

In “The Corrosion of Conservatism,” lifelong Republican Max Boot says the party needs to be “burned to the ground.” In “Them,” Sen. Ben Sasse says the country’s problems go “deeper” than politics.
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Books of The Times: In New Volume of Sylvia Plath’s Letters, a Marriage Falters and Masks Fall Away

In this correspondence, written between 1956 and 1963, ending a week before Plath’s death, at 30, we see goals triumphantly and tragically fulfilled.
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Books of The Times: ‘Nine Pints’ Is a Brisk Biography of Blood

To write about blood, the British journalist Rose George covered many thousands of miles in pursuit of the intricacies of the subject.
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Books of The Times: A Big New Biography Treats Frederick Douglass as Man, Not Myth

David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” is an ambitious and empathetic biography of a major American life.
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11 Times Kim Kardashian Stepped Up Her Style Game in 2018

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Severe obesity four times more likely in poor primary schools

Pupils in England’s poorest areas are four times more likely to be severely obese, the latest data shows.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Godsend,’ an Idealistic Young Woman Gets Tangled Up in Trouble in Afghanistan

Our critic calls John Wray’s new novel, which is loosely based on the story of the “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, “a significant literary performance.”
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Books of The Times: Tana French Is at Her Suspenseful Best in ‘The Witch Elm’

In French’s new novel, a young man struggles to make sense of his own memory and identity after barely surviving an attack.
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Books of The Times: Joe Ide Adds More Breathless Action to the Mix in ‘Wrecked’

In the third novel in Ide’s IQ series, the detective Isaiah Quintabe is entangled in a case involving a missing woman and a menacing group of ex-Abu Ghraib military personnel.
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Books of The Times: A Visual Memoir Asks What It Means for Germany to Reckon With Its Past

Nora Krug’s “Belonging” is about the author’s attempt to trace the stubborn silences in German life and her own family’s role during World War II.
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Books of The Times: Michael Lewis Makes a Story About Government Infrastructure Exciting

In “The Fifth Risk,” Lewis enumerates grave dangers resulting from the incompetent transition to a new White House administration.
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Books of The Times: A Cool Head and Warm Affections in Lionel Trilling’s Letters

“Life in Culture,” edited by Adam Kirsch, collects correspondence by the regal American literary and social critic.
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Dancing Through a Family’s Dark Times

To cope with addiction and other illnesses in her family, a caregiver turns to ballet, jazz and tap dancing.
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Books of The Times: ‘Ninth Street Women’ Shines a Welcome New Light on New York’s Postwar Art Scene

Mary Gabriel moves from exalted art criticism to the seamiest gossip in her gratifying and generous group portrait of Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler.
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Books of The Times: Deborah Eisenberg Returns With Tart and Spiky Stories in ‘Your Duck Is My Duck’

Eisenberg’s latest stories are about emerging from isolation and complacency, and larger questions of what it means to live an ethical life.
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Books of The Times: ‘Crudo’ Is a Novel With a Real-Life Novelist in Thin Disguise

Olivia Laing’s first novel features a protagonist who bears a strong resemblance to the writer and performance artist Kathy Acker.
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50 Times Will Smith Kept Things Fresh in the Fashion Department

Will Smith Will Smith is no stranger to good fashion.
Since entering Hollywood as a teen, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum has come a long way in his style evolution.
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Books of The Times: Reflections of a Former Hollywood Power Broker

In “Who Is Michael Ovitz?,” the ex-leader of the powerful talent agency C.A.A. recounts his time at the top.
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Camera della Moda Responds to New York Times Article

MILAN – A “saddened and concerned” Camera della Moda has responded to The New York Times article on “shadow workers” in Italy, which claims “thousands of low-paid home workers create luxury garments without contracts or insurance.”
”As the acclaimed writer, Edoardo Nesi acknowledges in his award-winning book, ‘Story of My People,’ published in 2013, the Italian supply chain has been under attack for a long time,” the group said in an official statement. “CNMI and its members are committed to working toward making the Italian supply chain resilient, fair and humane on every front. It is a complex process and it takes time; there are no easy solutions, but we are working together through our established Working Group on Social Sustainability and have already achieved substantive gains. We continue to implement solutions using our evidence-base and by working collaboratively.”
At a fashion show here, Carlo Capasa, president of the association, told WWD that this progress was overlooked by Times.
“For example, the NYT article uses statistics on homeworkers that date back to 1973,” read the statement. “The only recent statistics cited are from Tania Toffanin, the author of ‘Fabbriche Invisibili’ who estimated that ‘currently there are 2,000 to 4,000 irregular homeworkers in apparel production.’ Setting this in the context of

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Books of The Times: Living the American Dream — in Hiding

In “Dear America,” Jose Antonio Vargas writes about the precarious life he has built in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.
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Books of The Times: A Witty and Original Writer Shares His Love for the Essay

In “Essayism,” Brian Dillon rhapsodizes over his favorite practitioners of the form, including Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Montaigne.
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Books of The Times: At the Close of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle,’ a Magician Loses His Touch

Vital writing and interesting ideas are buried in this endurance test of a novel, which includes a 400-page section about Hitler in addition to Knausgaard’s usual autobiographical musings.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Transcription,’ Kate Atkinson Delivers a Story of Wartime Espionage

Set in 1940 and 1950, Atkinson’s latest novel is about a young typist plucked from virtually nowhere and taken into the world of spies.
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21 Times the Ladies of Game of Thrones Conquered Red Carpet Fashion

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Cancer waiting times ‘at worst level ever’ in England

The key 62-day target for treatment to start has not been hit since December 2015 in England.
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Books of The Times: Whose Votes Really Count?

In “One Person, No Vote,” Carol Anderson argues that Republican legislatures and governors have systematically blocked minority voters at the polls.
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Riding an autonomous shuttle through Times Square was reassuringly boringYesterday afternoon, I rode an autonomous shuttle down a short section of



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Books of The Times: As the News Cycle Lurches, Jill Lepore Offers a Long, Steady View of American History

In the elegant, readable and sobering “These Truths,” Lepore starts with Columbus’s arrival and wends her way through the next five centuries.
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Books of The Times: ‘Essential Essays’ Show Adrienne Rich’s Vulnerable, Conflicted Sides

This collection brings together a sampling of the poet’s influential criticism, personal accounts and public statements.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Fear,’ Bob Woodward Pulls Back the Curtain on President Trump’s ‘Crazytown’

Woodward’s latest look inside a White House offers details of an administration in chaos.
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Nash: ‘I probably should have shot the ball 20 times a game’

One of history’s best passers also possessed an elite jumper. So, what if Hall of Famer and two-time MVP Steve Nash had flipped his pass-first, shoot-last mindset?
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Books of The Times: ‘The Personality Brokers’ Conjures the Mother and Daughter Who Helped Us Think of Ourselves as Types

Merve Emre’s book tells the story of the creators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which became a widespread tool for personnel management, self-help and more.
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Books of The Times: He Was a Prominent Holocaust Survivor. But His Story Was a Hoax.

In “The Impostor,” Javier Cercas writes about Enric Marco to understand why he lied, why he was believed and to investigate his own queasy feelings of kinship.
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‘I vomit 30 times a day’ – Caitlin’s dilemma

Perth teenager Caitlin White says all the options of treatment open to her come with health risks.
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Books of The Times: How the ‘Temp’ Economy Became the New Normal

Louis Hyman’s history describes the corporate forces that during the 20th century led to a gig economy of expendable and precarious labor.
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Books of The Times: A King Lear Set in India, Wild and Tragic as Ever

Preti Taneja’s “We That Are Young” layers Shakespeare’s story over a modern-day conflict between a billionaire from Dehli and his three daughters.
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Books of The Times: Bill Cunningham, Style Maven, Leaves Behind a Memoir and It’s ‘a Real Dilly’

In his posthumous book, “Fashion Climbing,” the Times’s onetime fashion and society photographer recalls his younger days as a hat maker and man about town.
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7 Times Jennifer Lopez Wore a Super-Sexy Outfit to the MTV VMA Awards

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Books of The Times: Expressing Complicated Love for Lauryn Hill as an Iconic Album Turns 20

In “She Begat This: 20 Years of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’” Joan Morgan makes a case for Hill’s artistic and historical importance while also paying attention to the stickier parts of the star’s career.
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Books of The Times: A Case for the New Jazz Sound That Will Inspire Playlists

In “Playing Changes,” Nate Chinen argues that we’re living in a brilliant new phase of jazz, and offers an annotated guide to his favorite performers.
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Books of The Times: ‘Crashed’ Connects the Dots From 2008 Crisis to Trump, Brexit and More

Adam Tooze shows how the financial crisis radiated outward, shaping not only the new economic order but the ensuing political free-for-all.
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Books of The Times: David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure

In “The Tangled Tree,” Quammen tells the story of a groundbreaking idea in biology, and of the scientists who discovered and explained it.
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Books of The Times: An Award-Winning Biographer’s Latest Subject: Herself

Claire Tomalin, the acclaimed biographer of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and others, recounts her own rich story in “A Life of My Own.”
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Books of The Times: A Syrian Refugee Lands in Ireland in ‘From a Low and Quiet Sea’

In Donal Ryan’s new novel, recently longlisted for the Booker Prize, a Syrian doctor settles in Ireland, where his life intersects with two other shattered men.
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Books of The Times: A Poet Laureate Sends News From the End of Life

Donald Hall died last month at 89, and his recently published memoir, “A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety,” is “up there with the best things he did.”
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Books of The Times: Beauty, Bad Temper and Scandal in a Riveting Look at Princess Margaret

In “Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret,” Craig Brown ignores all the starchy obligations of biography and adopts a form of his own to ensnare the reader.
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Books of The Times: ‘Dopesick’ Traces the Opioid Crisis, From Beginning to Blow Up

Beth Macy’s new book provides an on-the-ground look at how addiction to OxyContin and other painkillers became a national state of emergency.
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Books of The Times: ‘Convenience Store Woman’ Casts a Fluorescent Spell

In Sayaka Murata’s small, elegant and deadpan novel, a woman keeps herself at a remove from society while working for many years in a dead-end job at a Smile Mart.
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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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Mamma Mia an ‘antidote to times we live in’

Ten years after unexpectedly making cinema history, Mamma Mia is back with a prequel that looks like it could be both as camp and successful as the first time around.
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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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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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12 Times Hailey Baldwin Gave Us Total Bride Vibes

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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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Deprived areas ‘have five times more fast food outlets’

Local authorities should restrict planning applications for fast food outlets, Public Health England says.
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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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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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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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Miss America Telecast Drops Swimsuit Competition in Nod to Changing Times

The Miss America competition will no longer judge contestants on the basis of physical appearance, the new leaders of the embattled organization disclosed Tuesday. The changes mean the end of the swimsuit competition for the 51 women who compete for the title of Miss America in a pageant to be telecast Sept. 9 on ABC. […]

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Lee Pace Came Out Seven Times a Week. Then He Came Out for Real.

It’s 2018 and we still don’t know what being out and gay will do to an actor’s career.
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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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8 Times CFDA Honoree Kim Kardashian Stepped Up Her Style Game in 2018

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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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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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BAFTA stars back Time’s Up campaign

The issues of inequality and sexual harassment have been brought to the fore this awards season following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
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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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Against LeBron, third time’s the harm for Toronto

For the third year in a row, LeBron James has ended the Raptors' season. But, realistically, what are Toronto's options when a force of nature stands in its way?

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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 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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15 Times Rihanna Looked Met Gala-Extra

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15 Times Rihanna Looked Met Gala-Extra

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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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R. Kelly Faces a #MeToo Reckoning as Time’s Up Backs a Protest

The organization has thrown its support behind the grass-roots protest campaign #MuteRKelly, putting new pressure on the once-untouchable star.
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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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E3 2018 Press Conference Times and Dates

Several press conference times are already set for this year’s E3. See when you’ll be able to watch them.
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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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5 Times It’s OK To Say ‘No’ To Being A Bridesmaid (And How To Do It)

If you’re not entirely sure you’re ready to commit to the bridal party obligations, you can, in fact, politely decline.
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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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Jack Antonoff Says He’s Asked His Label, RCA, to Drop R. Kelly ‘A Number of Times’

In the wake of a new round of sexual-abuse allegations against R. Kelly, Bleachers frontman and hitmaker Jack Antonoff tweeted that he hopes his label, RCA drops the veteran R&B singer, adding “I’ve discussed it with them a number of times.” Both artists are signed to the label; Kelly has been on RCA since Jive, […]

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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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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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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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Five times Blue Ivy outshone Beyonce and Jay-Z

The six-year-old is fast becoming a celebrity to rival her famous parents.
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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 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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