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Books News: Children’s Books Authors Are Selling More Than Books. They’re Taking a Stand.

They hold signs at protest marches, but they are also volunteering to strategize for a State Assembly race, and even running for office.

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Books of The Times: In ‘Fear,’ Bob Woodward Pulls Back the Curtain on President Trump’s ‘Crazytown’

Woodward’s latest look inside a White House offers details of an administration in chaos.

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Essay: Was She J.D. Salinger’s Predator or His Prey?

Twenty years after the publication of her memoir about her relationship with J.D. Salinger, Joyce Maynard revisits the book’s vicious reception.

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Books of The Times: An Epic From Iceland, Complete With Unicorns, Angels and a Stamp-Collecting Werewolf

Sjon’s “CoDex 1962” is a romance, a crime novel and a science fiction story — for starters.

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Nonfiction: The Father of Personal Computing Who Was Also a Terrible Dad

With “Small Fry,” Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the first child of Steve Jobs, delivers an eloquent memoir of a childhood steeped in emotional abuse.

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Crime: Yo, Ray Boy: Crime Novels That Speak in Local Voices

From the Brooklynese of “Gravesend” to the Western twang of “Depth of Winter,” four mysteries tell murder-filled tales in regional accents.

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By the Book: By the Book: Ben Macintyre

The author, most recently, of ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ is moved by ‘discretion and modesty’ in literature: ‘As a very British sort of Briton, I have an affection for the stiff upper lip, the emotion unvoiced, the desire undeclared.’

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Godfather of Conspiracy Thinking

In “Pale Horse Rider,” Mark Jacobson tells the story of Milton William Cooper and a distinctly American brand of fevered conjecture.

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Books of The Times: John Kerry Recounts a Life Full of Incident (and a Few Regrets) in ‘Every Day Is Extra’

The five-term senator’s memoir covers his privileged upbringing, his service in Vietnam and his long life in politics.

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Fiction: Lee Child Reviews a Debut Novel That’s Vintage Texas Noir

Randy Kennedy’s “Presidio” follows the flight to the Mexican border of a car thief turned accidental kidnapper.

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Nonfiction: Does Our Cultural Obsession With Safety Spell the Downfall of Democracy?

Two new books — “The Splintering of the American Mind,” by William Egginton, and “The Coddling of the American Mind,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt — warn of the threat to the country’s political and social well-being by a fractured generation convinced of its fragility.

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By the Book: By the Book: Ben Macintyre

The author, most recently, of ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ is moved by ‘discretion and modesty’ in literature: ‘As a very British sort of Briton, I have an affection for the stiff upper lip, the emotion unvoiced, the desire undeclared.’

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Nonfiction: What Is Identity?

Francis Fukuyama’s “Identity” and Kwame Anthony Appiah’s “The Lies That Bind” examine the role of personal identity in our modern age.

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Profile: In ‘The Piranhas,’ the Chronicler of Italy’s Mobsters Tries His Hand at Fiction. For a Change?

In hiding for 12 years, Roberto Saviano is starting to realize that he’s not so different from the people he writes about. He’s not afraid to die, he wants to live, but he wants vengeance.

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Books of The Times: ‘The Personality Brokers’ Conjures the Mother and Daughter Who Helped Us Think of Ourselves as Types

Merve Emre’s book tells the story of the creators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which became a widespread tool for personnel management, self-help and more.

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Nonfiction: What Is Identity?

Francis Fukuyama’s “Identity” and Kwame Anthony Appiah’s “The Lies That Bind” examine the role of personal identity in our modern age.

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Nonfiction: Does Our Cultural Obsession With Safety Spell the Downfall of Democracy?

Two new books — “The Splintering of the American Mind,” by William Egginton, and “The Coddling of the American Mind,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt — warn of the threat to the country’s political and social well-being by a fractured generation convinced of its fragility.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Grief and Laughter Mingle in ‘Tragedy Plus Time’

The comedian and actor Adam Cayton-Holland discusses his new memoir, which recounts his childhood in Denver and the eventual suicide of his younger sister.

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Books of The Times: Gary Shteyngart Is Back, on the Road and Still a Master of Dislocation

In his new novel, “Lake Success,” the author tells the story of a hedge-fund guy who loses everything in order to find himself.

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The Book Review: Interrogating the Change Makers

“This is change that doesn’t necessarily change anything,” Anand Giridharadas says.

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Nonfiction: Oklahoma City, the Ultimate ‘Boom Town,’ Rendered Vivid and Surreal

In Sam Anderson’s new history of “the great minor city of America,” he tells a story that extends from the famous 1889 land rush to the saga of the Thunder.

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Tom Clark, 77, Is Dead; Poet, Biographer, Baseball Bard

He hitchhiked with Ginsberg, studied under Donald Hall, worked for George Plimpton and wrote prolifically, whether on love, cosmology or the Oakland A’s.

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Grace Notes: He’s 101, Unless He’s Only 98. And He Just Wrote Another Novel.

A.E. Hotchner, who grew up to be pals with Ernest Hemingway and Paul Newman, just published a mystery about a boy, a long-ago summer and a jewelry heist.

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Nonfiction: Why Arthur Ashe Is the Spiritual Father of Colin Kaepernick

Touré reviews Raymond Arsenault’s major new biography, “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” which tells the story of a remarkable athlete and activist.

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Profile: In a New Book of Sketches, Françoise Gilot Clears Her Mind of the Past

Picasso’s former lover and muse has a philosophy formed by nine decades of living. And forgetting.

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Inside the List: First a Decorated War Vet, Then a Bank Robber, Now a Best-Selling Novelist

Nico Walker’s “Cherry” is selling briskly. When the still-incarcerated author can use the phone again — he’s out of minutes — he may score a film deal, too.

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New in Paperback: ‘Real American,’ ‘Touch’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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What to Read While You Wait for That Memoir of Steve Jobs to Hit Stores

Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s “Small Fry” comes out Sept. 4. In the meantime, here are other memoirs about complicated family dynamics that you might want to pick up.

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Fiction: A Literary Three-Hankie Weeper

A cheap reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” binds “Tin Man,” Sarah Winman’s tale of love, loss and the power of art to inspire and sustain.

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Nonfiction: Five Women Who Made Aviation History

“Fly Girls,” by Keith O’Brien, points out that Amelia Earhart wasn’t the only female pilot who defied all odds to take to the skies in the 1920s.

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