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2015 Books Gift Guide 
  Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:39:35 GMT 
    Art books, graphic novels, and fiction and nonfiction.

Review: New Books by Anna Gavalda, Daniel Sada, George Singleton and Others 
  Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:09:20 GMT 
    In Ms. Gavalda’s book, a woman obsesses about an unkempt man; Mr. Sada writes about twins who delight in confusing people; and Mr. Singleton conjures a backwater town with distinct characters.

Books of The Times: Review: In Carly Simon’s Memoir, Few Secrets Left Untold 
  Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:03:10 GMT 
    “Boys in the Trees” ends in the 1980s, after Ms. Simon divorced James Taylor, but covers her upbringing, the early stages of her singing career and her romances.

Publisher Releases Signed Edition of Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ 
  Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:59:13 GMT 
    Just in time for the holidays, readers can buy a $1,500 limited edition of the collectors’ edition.

Children’s Books: It’s Sort of Good to Be the King 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:24:56 GMT 
    A picture book in the tradition of “The Little Prince” delivers minimalist philosophical lessons on power.

Ian Kershaw’s ‘To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949’ 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:44:29 GMT 
    The first volume of a new history of modern Europe covers two world wars and the troubled years between them.

‘Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,’ by Lisa Randall 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:43:25 GMT 
    Dark matter, according to Lisa Randall, may be responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs and the subsequent rise of mammals.

Books of The Times: Review: Christopher Hitchens Expounds in ‘And Yet ...’ 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:07:01 GMT 
    This collection of Mr. Hitchens’s essays, book reviews and reported pieces covers topics political, social and literary.

‘Brief Candle in the Dark,’ by Richard Dawkins 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:24:10 GMT 
    Dawkins’s second memoir plumbs his grown-up research, reflections and controversies.

Bookends: Is It Still Possible to Be a Public Intellectual? 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:00:01 GMT 
    Pankaj Mishra and Alice Gregory discuss the fate of the public intellectual in an age of specialization.

Islamabad Journal: A Storied Bookstore and Its Late Oracle Leave an Imprint on Islamabad 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:00:17 GMT 
    Saeed Jan Qureshi built one of the biggest bookstores in the world and earned a reputation as a source of literary advice. Now, the future of Saeed Book Bank is in his son’s hands.

Greek New Testament Papyrus Is Discovered on eBay 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:03:31 GMT 
    The credit-card-size fragment is believed to contain about six lines of the Gospel of John on one side and an unidentified Christian text on the other.

‘Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World,’ by Tim Whitmarsh 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:56:12 GMT 
    Whitmarsh argues that atheism isn’t a product of the modern age but reaches back to early Western intellectual tradition in the ancient Greek world.

Books of The Times: Review: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters in ‘The Man With the Golden Typewriter’ 
  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:42:09 GMT 
    This collection includes specifics and asides about Mr. Fleming and his famous spy character.

Randall Munroe Explains It All for Us 
  Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:14:32 GMT 
    In “Thing Explainer,” Mr. Munroe, a former NASA roboticist turned cartoonist, describes scientific concepts using the most basic English.

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