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Books Of Style: 9 Books That Would Make Great Gifts

December 19, 2014 - 2:58pm
A selection of novels, nonfiction and whodunits for readers on your gift list.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Disappearing Religions

December 19, 2014 - 12:50pm
Gerard Russell talks about “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,” and Phil Zuckerman discusses “Living the Secular Life.”

ArtsBeat: Koons Again Accused of Copyright Infringement

December 19, 2014 - 12:48pm
A work by Jeff Koons in his retrospective in Paris could set off a legal battle.

Raphaël Jerusalmy’s ‘Brotherhood of Book Hunters’

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
François Villon travels to Jerusalem in this literary mystery.

Open Book: Religious Reading

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Cynthia Ozick and others recommend novels with religious themes.

‘A Philosophy of Walking,’ by Frédéric Gros

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Charting the many ways we walk, and what they say about us.

‘America’s Pastor,’ About Billy Graham, by Grant Wacker

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
A study of Billy Graham’s ministry examines how American culture shaped him — and he shaped it.

‘Joan of Arc,’ by Kathryn Harrison

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Kathryn Harrison’s biography interweaves Joan of Arc’s story with both fictional and historical interpretations.

‘The Great Reformer,’ a Biography of Pope Francis

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
A biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio traces his Argentine origins and his path to the Vatican.

Children's Books: ‘Space Case’ and ‘The Twin Powers’

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
In these middle-grade novels, a young detective solves a lunar murder, and twins reunite to save their threatened worlds.

‘Ardor,’ by Roberto Calasso

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Roberto Calasso delves into the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defined the ancient Vedic world.

Children's Books: ‘Alphabetabum,’ ‘Take Away the A’ and More

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Five alphabet books feature rhyme and alliteration, exuberant animals and found photos of children from the past.

‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume I’

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
The first volume of Norton’s two-part anthology includes texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism.

Crime: Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Moriarty,’ and More

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Anthony Horowitz’s “Moriarty” is a Sherlock ­Holmes pastiche that opens five days after the great detective and his nemesis plunged to their doom.

Evan Thompson’s ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Merging neuroscience and philosophy, Evan Thompson casts new light on the relationship between the self and the brain.

‘Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,’ by Gerard Russell

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Gerard Russell chronicles the long survival of religious minorities in the Middle East, and the extreme peril they face today..

‘Living the Secular Life,’ by Phil Zuckerman

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
As more Americans eschew religious affiliation, a sociologist examines the secular lifestyle.

‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume II’

December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
The second volume of Norton’s two-part anthology compiles texts and commentaries on Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Bookshelf: Can’t Sleep

December 19, 2014 - 10:33am
New picture books include “Naptime,” “A Bed for Kitty” and “Goodnight Already!”

Children's Books: ‘Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future,’ by A. S. King

December 19, 2014 - 9:05am
A high school senior grappling with her mother’s suicide is suddenly able to envision people’s pasts and futures.