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Revisiting Edwidge Danticat and Immigration

Edwidge Danticat’s 2007 memoir, “Brother, I’m Dying,” traces her family’s journey from Haiti to the United States. Haunting the book throughout is a fear of missed chances, long-overdue payoffs and family secrets withering on the vine: a familiar anxiety when one generation passes to another too quickly. In the first chapter Danticat learns she is […]

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The Great Art Stolen by Hitler

HITLER’S LAST HOSTAGESLooted Art and the Soul of the Third ReichBy Mary M. Lane In 2012, German authorities broke into a Munich apartment belonging to a reclusive octogenarian named Cornelius Gurlitt. Inside, they found approximately 1,200 works of superlative art, by artists including Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and Degas. Gurlitt had drawn suspicion in 2010 when […]

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While You’re Waiting for the Next Hilary Mantel, Try Andrew Miller

NOW WE SHALL BE ENTIRELY FREE By Andrew Miller Over the years, a number of people, me included, have compared the British author Andrew Miller to Hilary Mantel. Though much less well-known, he is a very stylish, almost painterly writer, and he has her gift for historical reconstruction, for describing the past without making it […]

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It’s Super Tuesday (for Books)!

This is a particularly star-studded week for publishing, with books by Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and other heavy-hitters out tomorrow. Here’s what our reviewers and critics had to say about some of the biggest new titles. [ Want to keep up with the latest books news? Subscribe to the Books Briefing newsletter. ] ‘Audience of […]

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Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie on Booker Prize Shortlist

LONDON — The literary heavyweights Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Elif Shafak all feature on the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. Atwood, who won the Booker Prize in 2000, is shortlisted this year for “The Testaments,” the highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is […]

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Jingoism, Political Agendas and Dangerous Driving

Kipling and James To the Editor: A line in Stacy Schiff’s review of Christopher Benfey’s “If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years” (Aug. 18) may give the wrong impression of William James’s attitude toward Rudyard Kipling’s chauvinism: “Kipling shaped the thought of William James, with whom he worked out the themes of ‘Captains Courageous.’” […]