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Fiction: A Quixotic Hunt for Mammoth Creatures That Ends in Tragedy

After reading that ancient bones were discovered in Kentucky, the 19th-century protagonist of Carys Davies’s new novel, “West,” sets out to find the living creatures.

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Fiction: Clarice Lispector’s Second Novel Charts a Woman’s Existential Awakening

In “The Chandelier,” the last of her novels to be translated into English, Lispector shows off her genius for description, uncanny dialogue and other extraordinary tricks.

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Ira Berlin Is Dead at 77; Groundbreaking Historian of Slavery

Dr. Berlin’s deeply researched books showed that slavery and its aftermath were far more complex than most people realized.

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The Book Review Podcast: Michael Pollan on Drugs

On this week’s podcast, Pollan discusses his new book about psychedelics, “How to Change Your Mind,” and Edward Tenner talks about big data and Silicon Valley’s “Efficiency Paradox.”

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An Appraisal: Anthony Bourdain: The Man Who Ate the World

On Mr. Bourdain’s TV series, food wasn’t simply a tourist experience; it was an expression of culture.

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The Shortlist: 3 New Novels on the Perils of Digital Life

Cyberstalking. Revenge porn. Instagram influencers with a dark side. These books may persuade you to finally unplug.

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He Literally Wrote the Book on Fabulousness

Style isn’t just a matter of appearance. It’s political too, says the writer Madison A. Moore.

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Nonfiction: How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World

Catherine Nixey’s “The Darkening Age” tells a story of desecration on an enormous scale.

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Inside the List: Everything Is Copy

David Sedaris ponders names for his new house, Karen Kingsbury reveals she has special help writing her novels and Stephanie Garber unveils her gorgeous Pinterest inspirations.

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Crime: Dangerous Disappearing Acts, With Killers in Pursuit

Battered women, bankrupt businessmen and star baseball players haunt this week’s Crime column. Also a murderer who may get her own reality show.

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The Shortlist: The Struggles of Modern Motherhood in Essays, a Thriller and a Dystopian Novel

Three new books explore the traumas, anxieties, injustices and even dangers of having children.

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New in Paperback: ‘Rising Star,’ ‘Mrs. Fletcher’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Fiction: A Fable of Mozambique, Its Bloodshed and Myths

With “Woman of the Ashes,” the first novel of a trilogy, Mia Couto conjures his country’s colonial past with sensitivity and imagination.

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Sketchbook: Books Gone Wild

We asked creatures from around the ecosystem to tell us what they’re reading.

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Fiction: Fluid Friendships: A Literary Ode to the Shifting Nature of Human Bonds

Six friends pair off, split up and regroup in “Companions,” a light-footed novel by the Danish writer Christina Hesselholdt.

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Fiction: A Persian Turned Parisian Insists: I’m Not an Immigrant, I’m an Exile

The narrator of Negar Djavadi’s novel, “Disoriental,” banished from her Iranian homeland, builds a life in France by recalling her family’s stories.

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Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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Bill Cunningham’s Unseen Scrapbooks

The New York Times street photographer’s early visual diaries are exposed at the New-York Historical Society.

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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Michael Ondaatje’s “The English Patient.”

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Books of The Times: A Master Storyteller From 19th-Century Brazil, Heir to the Greats and Entirely Sui Generis

“The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis” traces the arc of an influential career that grew increasingly cerebral and surreal as it progressed.

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Books of The Times: The Cry of the Centrist: In ‘Tailspin,’ Steven Brill Bemoans a Polarized America

“Is the world’s greatest democracy and economy broken?” Brill asks in a presumably reassuring passage. “Not compared to the Civil War years, or to the early 1930s.”

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Nonfiction: Deep Inside the Obama White House

“The World as It Is,” a memoir by the White House aide Ben Rhodes, recounts some of the toughest decisions Barack Obama made during his presidency.

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Books of The Times: ‘There There’ is an Energetic Revelation of a Corner of American Life

Tommy Orange’s debut novel follows 12 Native American characters toward a fateful powwow in Oakland, Calif.

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Books News: Want to Read Michael Lewis’s Next Work? You’ll Be Able to Listen to It First

A growing group of successful authors, including Michael Lewis and Robert Caro, are releasing audio originals, hoping to take advantage of the exploding audiobook market.

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Books of The Times: Bill Clinton and James Patterson Team Up to Imagine a True Fantasy: Sane Politics

In “The President Is Missing,” a take-charge leader goes AWOL in an attempt to stop a computer virus from bringing the United States to a standstill.

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Nonfiction: In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean?

In “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh” Carl Zimmer explores inheritance in all its varied dimensions — from genetic ancestry to biological definitions of race.

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By the Book: Bill Clinton: By the Book

The former president Bill Clinton, who collaborated with James Patterson on the new thriller “The President Is Missing,” reads everywhere: “At my work table, in my easy chair, in bed and on the plane. Even in the car when I’m not too tired.”

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Nonfiction: In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean?

In “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh” Carl Zimmer explores inheritance in all its varied dimensions — from genetic ancestry to biological definitions of race.

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Profile: With ‘There There,’ Tommy Orange Has Written a New Kind of American Epic

Mr. Orange is part of a generation of young indigenous writers who are redefining the native canon.

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Books of The Times: A Portrait of Weegee That Captures the Man and the Myth in Full

“Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous,” by Christopher Bonanos, is the biography Weegee deserves: sympathetic and comprehensive, a scrupulous account with just the right touch of irreverence.

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