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‘Something Rich and Strange,’ by Ron Rash 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT 
    Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.


‘A Chosen Exile,’ by Allyson Hobbs 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT 
    A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.


Children's Audiobooks: ‘The Port Chicago 50’ and ‘The Family Romanov’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT 
    Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.


Nuruddin Farah’s ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT 
    The terrorist killing of a Somali U.N. official brings strife to his family in Nuruddin Farah’s novel.


‘The Chain,’ by Ted Genoways 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT 
    In the tradition of “The Jungle,” a journalist investigates the hidden costs — animal, human, environmental — of cheap meat.


Children's Audiobooks: Jason Segel Reads ‘Nightmares!’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT 
    Twelve-year-old Charlie must confront his own fears to save his brother from the netherworld.


Audiobooks: ‘Gravity’s Rainbow,’ Read by George Guidall 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT 
    A skilled audiobook performance brings new life to “Gravity’s Rainbow” at age 41.


Audiobooks: Dan Stevens Reads Homer Translations 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT 
    Dan Stevens reads Robert Fitzgerald’s classic translations of Homer.


Audiobooks: ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Read by Tim Robbins 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT 
    Is “Fahrenheit 451” a parable about censorship or an indictment of the cultural distraction of technology?


‘Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life,’ by Hermione Lee 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:59:26 GMT 
    Hermione Lee’s latest biography is of the English novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, a late bloomer who published her first book at 58 and became famous at 80.


The Shortlist: Val Wang's 'Beijing Bastard,' and More 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:20:26 GMT 
    New books by Val Wang, Xiaolu Guo, Tim Clissold and Liu Zhenyun.


Open Book: A ‘No Wing’ Author 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:08:14 GMT 
    Carolyn Chute is as unclassifiable and unruly in her books as she is in person.


Carolyn Chute’s ‘Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:06:39 GMT 
    Some residents of Egypt, Maine, fear a communal settlement and its enigmatic leader; others are irresistibly attracted.


Paperback Row 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:02:06 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.


Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:57:56 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.


Inside the List 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:52:30 GMT 
    Richard Ford, whose latest Frank Bascombe book is on the extended hardcover fiction list, had originally named his character Frank Slocum.
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