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7 New Books to Watch For in December

‘Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House,’ by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz (Crown, Dec. 8) Maddow and Yarvitz dive into the other Watergate-era scandal: The antihero of this book is Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon’s vice president, whose corruption during his tenure as Maryland’s governor became a critical issue […]

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Remembering the Enslaved Who Sued for Freedom Before the Civil War

Eleven years: That’s how long it took after the enslaved Dred Scott brought his first lawsuit for freedom in Missouri, where he was held in bondage, for the Supreme Court to hand down its notorious verdict in 1857. Black people, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney declared, “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” Scott showed that […]

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A Wild, Caustic Satire Packed With the Absurd

If you read “Finnegans Wake” for the off-color puns; if you take to Flann O’Brien’s satirical novels as happily as a pup going for a morning walk; if, like Aunt Ada Doom in Stella Gibbons’s “Cold Comfort Farm,” you suspect you saw something nasty in the woodshed; if, like J.P. Donleavy, you’d like to decompose when you die in a […]

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An Eco-Fable From the Author of ‘The Magicians’

THE SILVER ARROWBy Lev Grossman It is Kate’s 11th birthday, and what she wants more than anything else in the world is to feel special and necessary. To a kid in the mundane 21st century — her parents are workaholics, and she’s bored with “kid things” and “real life” — this is a tall order, at least until her crazy […]

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Presidential Memoirs Don’t Always Take This Long to Write

The wait is over for the first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoirs, “A Promised Land,” which came out on Tuesday. But as a slew of articles calling the book’s arrival “long-awaited” and “highly anticipated” suggest, it was a considerable wait. Obama took three years and 10 months to publish — longer than any other American president in the last […]

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Now More Than Ever, Brandon Stanton Makes People Feel Less Alone

TO SHARE IS HUMAN Brandon Stanton apologized for being 10 minutes late for a recent phone interview — “I was outside playing with my daughter and I forgot about this call!” — and then explained that he was moving from room to room to escape “commotion” in his house: “There’s someone here working on the roof.” Yes, the creator of […]

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The Classic Novel That Robert Macfarlane Just Couldn’t Finish

“Wild landscapes, weird nature, science fiction — this really should be my jam,” the writer says of “Dune,” by Frank Herbert. “But no.” Macfarlane’s latest book, a collaboration with the artist Stanley Donwood and the writer Dan Richards, is “Ghostways.” What books are on your night stand? At night, I mostly read either poetry or gumshoe noir. Right now it’s […]

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A Trump Memoir Would Sell. Will Publishers Buy It?

When American presidents leave office, regardless of their parties or approval ratings, a common ritual awaits: They write books, capturing the moment for history and sharing insight into one of the world’s most unusual jobs. But publishers are at odds over such a project with President Trump, even though his presidential memoir would likely sell millions of copies. It is […]

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Read these 13 books before they come to the screen

From Queenie to Daisy Jones & The Six and Conversations With Friends, here are the 13 books you’re going to want to read before they hit screens over the next year. Anyone who’s ever been nervous about seeing their favourite novel being adapted for the screen will agree that adapting books for TV and film is a contentious issue. But this […]

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Little plastic cube that baffled 100 million people

Little plastic cube that baffled 100 million people: Inventor of the Rubik’s cube reveals how he originally developed the puzzle Erno Rubik provides a discusses how he developed the Rubik’s cube aged 30 In his memoir, Rubik claims he did not invent the cube and instead discovered it Initially the puzzle was created as a problem to be solved rather […]

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