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ArtsBeat: ‘The Escape Artist’: Thomas Beller Talks About J. D. Salinger 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:27:46 GMT 
    Mr. Beller’s new book is part biography of the reclusive Salinger and part memoir.

Bookshelf: Chronicling the Monumental 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:03:40 GMT 
    A look at the books “Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York,” “Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty,” and “Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco.”

ArtsBeat: Digital Humanists to Catalog Notes Scrawled in Books 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:07:15 GMT 
    A new project will analyze handwritten notes scrawled in the margins of centuries-old books.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Elephant Company’ 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:01:05 GMT 
    Vicki Constantine Croke discusses her new book, about the role of elephants in World War II.

Inside the List 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:48:55 GMT 
    Joan Rivers’s “Diary of a Mad Diva,” No. 7 on the hardcover nonfiction list, is filled with the author’s brand of rapid-fire politically incorrect jokes.

ArtsBeat: In Brooklyn, a Trove of Hebrew Books From Centuries Past 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:48:49 GMT 
    An exhibition at the Chabad headquarters in Crown Heights features Hebrew book published between 1475 and 1574.

‘The Painter,’ by Peter Heller 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:48:04 GMT 
    A painter with violent impulses tries to start over, but his past catches up with him.

‘Dying Every Day,’ by James Romm 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:47:53 GMT 
    A classicist tries to unravel the enigma of Seneca, the Stoic philosopher who tutored the emperor Nero.

Herman Koch’s ‘Summer House With Swimming Pool’ 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:47:36 GMT 
    A holiday near the Mediterranean leads to disaster for a doctor and his celebrity patient in this novel by the author of “The Dinner.”

‘The Year She Left Us,’ by Kathryn Ma 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:46:32 GMT 
    In this first novel, a girl adopted from China finds it difficult to situate herself in American life.

‘Astonish Me,’ by Maggie Shipstead 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:46:21 GMT 
    A New York ballerina helps a Russian dancer defect, but her own desires are thwarted.

‘Preparing the Ghost,’ by Matthew Gavin Frank 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:45:59 GMT 
    Matthew Gavin Frank’s wide-ranging book explores an amateur naturalist’s compulsion to understand the mystery of the giant squid.

Children’s Books: ‘Like No Other,’ by Una LaMarche 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:45:13 GMT 
    A Hasidic girl and a West Indian boy fall in love and face the consequences in this young adult novel.

Children’s Books: ‘Guy in Real Life,’ by Steve Brezenoff 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:44:57 GMT 
    In this young adult novel, a teenager takes on an identity much like his girlfriend’s for an online role-playing game.

Children’s Books: ‘From There to Here,’ ‘The Good-Pie Party’ and ‘Bad Bye, Good Bye’ 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:44:45 GMT 
    Three picture books feature children struggling with displacement and new surroundings.
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