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Children's Books: ‘Belzhar,’ by Meg Wolitzer 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:58:45 GMT 
    Students at a therapeutic boarding school discover a way to return to the past, before their personal traumas.


Children's Books: Anthony Browne’s ‘What If . . . ?’ and More 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:58:34 GMT 
    Swallowing their fears, these adventuresome characters set off down unfamiliar streets and explore unknown worlds.


‘Neverhome,’ by Laird Hunt 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:53:15 GMT 
    Disguised as a man, Laird Hunt’s heroine joins the Union Army.


Margaret Forster’s ‘Unknown Bridesmaid’ 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:53:01 GMT 
    A child psychologist is troubled by her own adolescence.


Author's Note: Be Polite With Your Books 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:44 GMT 
    The etiquette of borrowing, recommending and reshelving books.


Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:01 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.


Paperback Row 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:00 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.


Inside the List 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:51:55 GMT 
    Ian McEwan, whose novel “The Children Act” is No. 4 on the hardcover fiction list, keeps a tally on his website of academic dissertations and theses discussing his work.


Deborah Levy’s ‘Black Vodka’ and ‘Things I Don’t Want to Know’ 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:48:26 GMT 
    In two books, Deborah Levy explores exile, estrangement and the deferral of desire.


‘The Paying Guests,’ by Sarah Waters 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:48:13 GMT 
    In Sarah Waters’s novel of illicit love in 1920s London, a widow and her spinster daughter take a young couple into their home.


‘A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing,’ by Eimear McBride 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:47:53 GMT 
    An Irish woman leaves behind a sick brother and an abusive home life in this coming-of-age novel.


‘Stone Mattress,’ by Margaret Atwood 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:47:38 GMT 
    There’s plenty of life left in the aging protagonists of Margaret Atwood’s “tales.”


The Shortlist: Raffaella Barker's 'From a Distance,' and More 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:43:15 GMT 
    New books by Raffaella Barker, Elizabeth Gaffney, Jennie Rooney and Jacqueline Winspear.


Open Book: Civil War (and Family) History 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:42:39 GMT 
    Laird Hunt learned about his Civil War-era ancestors while doing research for his novel “Neverhome.”


Short Story: Book Excerpt: ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’ 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:42:52 GMT 
    The title story from Hilary Mantel’s forthcoming collection. Her most recent novels, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” both won the Man Booker Prize.








‘Daring: My Passages,’ by Gail Sheehy 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:10:34 GMT 
    Gail Sheehy’s memoir, “Daring: My Passages,” is effusive, fulsome and detailed but surprisingly unrevealing.






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