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Stand-Up Man 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    A biography of Bill Cosby chronicles the outspoken comedian’s rise to stardom, along with personal and professional setbacks.


Man Down 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    Jeff Hobbs tells the story of Robert DeShaun Peace, who went from a New Jersey ghetto to Yale but never truly escaped his past.


Lost in Their Own Lives 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    Men and women are forced to make detours into unfamiliar territory in Donald Antrim’s first story collection.


A Life in Journalism, Written in the First Person 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    Gail Sheehy’s memoir, “Daring: My Passages,” is effusive, fulsome and detailed but surprisingly unrevealing.


If You’re Unhappy and You Know It 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    “Hector and the Search for Happiness,” is based on a novel by the psychiatrist François Lelord.


A Connection as Vital as It Is Toxic 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    Lila and Elena, friends since their childhood in postwar Naples, both attract and repel each another in Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.”


Words to Live By 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    A follow-up to the middle-grades novel “Wonder” offers a snippet of story and a pithy saying for each day of the year.


A Rock Pilgrim’s Progress 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    “How to Build a Girl,” Caitlin Moran’s first novel, tells a comic coming-of-age tale in the 1990s about a teenager from the British hinterlands who reinvents herself as a rock critic.


Art Entangled in Nature 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    The portraits of nature gathered here cover centuries, fixing on that space where the naturalist’s eye and the artist’s intersect.


A Strikeout With Love and God 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    Joshua Ferris’s “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is about an atheistic but Philo-Semitic dentist who has no luck with women.
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Stand-Up Man  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400
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