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Books of The Times: Review: ‘Lightless,’ About the Bratty Machine on a Spaceflight 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:46:32 GMT 
    An egotistical computer is just one of the risks facing Althea, the heroine of this debut science fiction novel by C. A. Higgins.

Virgin Eyes: Just a Book? No, More Like a Trusty Companion 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:44:59 GMT 
    “Mystery Train” may be the best book ever written about rock music. Which isn’t far from saying it may be the best book ever written about being alive.

Feature: The Misanthropic Genius of Joy Williams 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:59:00 GMT 
    The writer’s new story collection establishes her as one of the greatest chroniclers of humanity’s insignificance.

‘The Silo Effect,’ by Gillian Tett 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    A journalist takes an anthropological approach to the structure of organizations.

‘$2.00 a Day,’ by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    A look at the rise of extreme poverty and how families survive in its grip.

Op-Ed Contributor: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?: Q. & A. With Stephen King 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:03:50 GMT 
    The horror novelist responds to reader questions about writing and creativity based on his Sunday Review essay.

ArtsBeat: Five Poets Receive Lucrative Fellowships 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:25:40 GMT 
    The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announced the winners on Tuesday.

Bookends: Is Everyone Qualified to Be a Critic? 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:41:01 GMT 
    Adam Kirsch and Charles McGrath discuss what it takes to pass judgment on the arts.

ArtsBeat: Carrie Brownstein’s Book Tour to Kick Off in Brooklyn 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:27:32 GMT 
    Carrie Brownstein will be traveling to 11 cities across the United States this fall to promote her memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl,” due in October.

Books of The Times: Review: Chrissie Hynde’s ‘Reckless’ Details a Rocker’s Life 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:25:42 GMT 
    Ms. Hynde’s memoir is full of facts and anecdotes, but is also noteworthy for what it leaves out.

‘The End of Tsarist Russia,’ by Dominic Lieven 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:16:09 GMT 
    A scholar approaches World War I from the standpoint of Russian foreign policy.

French Publisher Won’t Print Book on Moroccan King After Authors’ Arrest 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:51:34 GMT 
    The two authors have been charged with blackmail and extortion on accusations they demanded 2 million euros to keep the book unpublished, which they deny.

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ by David Lagercrantz 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:30:19 GMT 
    The novel features artificial intelligence and code breaking and suitably icy bad guys.

‘Did You Ever Have a Family’ by Bill Clegg 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:00:01 GMT 
    In the wake of a tragedy, the affected reckon with complicated pasts.

Expert Says Manuscript Is Not Harper Lee’s Third Novel 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:37:36 GMT 
    Recently discovered pages are from an earlier version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a rare books expert has concluded.

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