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ArtsBeat: Library of Congress Begins Posting Its Recorded Poetry Archive 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:30:09 GMT 
    Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop and Gwendolyn Brooks are among those who can be heard online.

Bookshelf: Books on a Photographer, the Underground Railroad and Ancestry 
  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:28:29 GMT 
    Books about genealogy and the history of New York City; the photographer Eve Arnold; and the abolitionist Sydney Howard Gay’s contribution to the Underground Railroad.

Nick Cave’s ‘The Sick Bag Song,’ an Epic Poem Composed on Tour 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:31:01 GMT 
    The musician and author’s new literary work is a mash-up of prose, poetry, song lyrics and autobiography that he is selling directly online.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Kate Bolick’s ‘Spinster’ 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:25:35 GMT 
    Ms. Bolick discusses “Spinster,” and Jon Ronson talks about “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.”

Paperback Row 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.

Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Inside the List 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT 
    Jo Nesbo’s “Blood on Snow,” which is No. 9 on the hardcover fiction list, was inspired by Nesbo’s desire to do for Oslo what Jim Carroll did for New York in “The Basketball Diaries.”

‘The Triumph of Seeds,’ by Thor Hanson 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:51:00 GMT 
    Seeds go to thrilling lengths to assure their species’ survival.

‘Rust: The Longest War,’ by Jonathan Waldman 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:39:00 GMT 
    The scourge of rust — a mighty, and most unlikely, enemy.

‘Infested,’ About Bedbugs, by Brooke Borel 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:33:01 GMT 
    A look at the biological and cultural history of bedbugs.

‘Shame and the Captives’ and ‘The Evening Chorus’ 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:15:00 GMT 
    Against a backdrop of World War II and far-flung prison camps, two novels explore the strain imposed on ordinary lives.

‘Rain: A Natural and Cultural History,’ by Cynthia Barnett 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:15:00 GMT 
    Floods, drought, prediction, cloud-seeding, Seattle grunge.

‘Galileo’s Middle Finger,’ by Alice Dreger 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:30:01 GMT 
    An academic and activist looks at the conflicts that arise when science challenges popular beliefs.

Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:15:01 GMT 
    In Jon Ronson’s accounts, misconduct is exposed and subjected to widespread scorn.

The Shortlist: Fareed Zakaria’s ‘In Defense of a Liberal Education,’ and More 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:02 GMT 
    New books by Lani Guinier, Greg Toppo, Fareed Zakaria and Jonathan Zimmerman.

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