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New York Times Book News

Rod McKuen, Prolific Poet and Lyricist, Dies at 81 
  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:04:22 GMT 
    Mr. McKuen, the author of dozens of books, was once described as “the unofficial poet laureate of America.”

Books of The Times: James Green’s ‘The Devil Is Here in These Hills’ 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:12:28 GMT 
    James Green’s history of the coal-mining uprisings in West Virginia in the 1920s and ’30s drives home the misery of working conditions and the violence of the confrontations in that era.

‘American Sniper’ Script Looks for the Human Behind the Hero 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:27:08 GMT 
    Jason Hall, the screenwriter of “American Sniper,” created a more complex character than the one in the book of the same name.

Colleen McCullough, Author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ Dies at 77 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:38:15 GMT 
    Ms. McCullough’s novel, set against the sweeping panorama of her native Australia, became one of the most-watched mini-series of all time.

Margaret Bloy Graham, ‘Harry the Dirty Dog’ Illustrator, Dies at 94 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:10:03 GMT 
    Ms. Graham was best known for the cautionary ablutionary tale from 1956 that remains a staple of childhood.

New Books by Yasmina Reza, Michael Crummey and Megan Mayhew Bergman 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:15:23 GMT 
    Boualem Sansal, Magda Szabo, S. M. Hulse, Yasmina Reza, Michael Crummey and Megan Mayhew Bergman publish new books.

Books of The Times: Nick Hornby’s ‘Funny Girl,’ About a 1960s BBC Sitcom Star 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:01:00 GMT 
    Nick Hornby’s “Funny Girl” traces a pivotal time in British comedy through the lens of a beauty queen who abandons her title to make her name on TV in the 1960s.

ArtsBeat: Snowed In? Here’s What to Watch, Read or Listen To 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:59:11 GMT 
    Streaming TV, movies, music and books to help you through a winter storm.

Board Books Roundup 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:20:02 GMT 
    New picture books include “Sally in the Snow” and “Fox on the Loose!”

By the Book: Kelly Link: By the Book 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:00:04 GMT 
    The author, most recently, of “Get in Trouble” asks: “Why is the prospect of hosting a dinner party for much-admired living writers so much more terrifying than the idea of hosting the dead?”

Yasmina Reza’s ‘Happy Are the Happy’ 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:02 GMT 
    Yasmina Reza’s novel tells interlinked stories of yearning.

‘Gateway to Freedom,’ by Eric Foner 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:02 GMT 
    Mr. Foner, a historian, explores the network of blacks and whites who helped slaves escape to freedom.

Books of The Times: ‘S O S: Poems 1961-2013,’ Works by Amiri Baraka 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:29:16 GMT 
    In “S O S: Poems 1961-2013,” a collection of Amiri Baraka’s works, a historical sensibility and historical dread can bump elbows with anarchic comedy.

Bookends: Is Being a Writer a Job or a Calling? 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:03 GMT 
    Benjamin Moser and Dana Stevens discuss whether being a writer is just a job or a loftier ambition.

Books of The Times: ‘Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!’ by Nicholas Carlson 
  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:19:35 GMT 
    Nicholas Carlson’s “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!” is a breezy retelling of the company’s hiring of Ms. Mayer as part of its efforts to recapture its former glory.
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