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George W. Bush’s ‘41: A Portrait of My Father’ 
  Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    George W. Bush’s “41,” an affectionate biography of his father, takes readers through the touchstones of an extraordinary life.


New Novellas About Family by Ludmilla Petrushev­skaya 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    In three tales, women contend with ne’er-do-well children and the pressures of communal living.


‘Stalin,’ by Stephen Kotkin 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    The first volume of a new biography argues that Stalin had social as well as organizational skills.


‘Limonov,’ by Emmanuel Carrère 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    After a career as a poet, butler and media celebrity, Eduard Limonov helped organize a group of nationalist thugs.


‘Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,’ by Peter Pomerantsev 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    A British television producer’s foray into the “surreal heart” of 21st-century Russia.


‘Putin’s Kleptocracy,’ by Karen Dawisha 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    A damning account of Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and his plans to restore Greater Russia.


Ismail Kadare’s ‘Twilight of the Eastern Gods’ 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    The Moscow of Ismail Kadare’s novel is full of young writers who live and drink together.


‘Tolstoy’s False Disciple,’ by Alexandra Popoff 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    The story of Tolstoy’s relationship with a conniving aristocrat.


‘Leningrad: Siege and Symphony,’ by Brian Moynahan 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    Shostakovich’s composition for a besieged Leningrad.


‘The Georgetown Set,’ by Gregg Herken 
  Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 
    In the 1950s and ’60s, administration officials, journalists and spies encountered one another in Washington’s Georgetown.
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