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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.


Cast Adrift in a Realm of Choices 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    In Ian McEwan’s latest novel, “The Children Act,” a British judge is drawn into medical choices facing a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses.


Worth Its Weight 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    A historian examines the rise of the gold standard and the economies that have embraced and abandoned it.


Deciphering a Lost World 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    In a trilogy’s conclusion, the mysterious ecosystem known as Area X yields more of its secrets.


As the World Turns 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    Henry Kissinger’s “World Order” brings together history, geography and modern politics in considering how to balance the competing desires of nations.


Shakespeare for Survivors 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 
    After a pandemic kills most of the human race, a traveling theater company roams around, searching for an audience.
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