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Alison Bechdel, Terrance Hayes Among ‘Genius Grant’ Winners

September 19, 2014 - 7:17pm
Stipends will be awarded to a psychologist studying racial perceptions in crimes, the maker of the film “The Act of Killing” and a law professor seeking to help American Indian women, among others.






William Deresiewicz Tours the Colleges of ‘Excellent Sheep’

September 19, 2014 - 2:12pm
William Deresiewicz, who’s caused a stir in Ivy League circles with his book “Excellent Sheep,” is on a tour of those colleges to discuss his critique of them and his advice.






Bookshelf: A Look at Our Love Affair With Air-Conditioning

September 19, 2014 - 1:19pm
New books trace the changes air-conditioning brought; politics and change in Newark; and idiosyncracies of the five boroughs of New York City.






ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Cosby: His Life and Times’

September 19, 2014 - 10:33am
Mark Whitaker discusses his new biography of Bill Cosby, and Jeff Hobbs talks about “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.”






ArtsBeat: The Bradbury Chronicles: Hundreds of Items Owned by Author Going to Auction

September 19, 2014 - 9:56am
Items including awards and even bottles of wine owned by Bradbury are to be auctioned this month.






Children's Books: ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley

September 19, 2014 - 8:59am
A picture book about an African-American regiment in World War I that confronted racists as well as the German Army.

Children's Books: ‘Nest,’ by Esther Ehrlich

September 19, 2014 - 8:59am
In this middle-grade novel, a girl finds a way forward after the loss of her mother.

Children's Books: ‘Belzhar,’ by Meg Wolitzer

September 19, 2014 - 8:58am
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

September 19, 2014 - 8:58am
Swallowing their fears, these adventuresome characters set off down unfamiliar streets and explore unknown worlds.

‘Neverhome,’ by Laird Hunt

September 19, 2014 - 8:53am
Disguised as a man, Laird Hunt’s heroine joins the Union Army.

Margaret Forster’s ‘Unknown Bridesmaid’

September 19, 2014 - 8:53am
A child psychologist is troubled by her own adolescence.

Author's Note: Be Polite With Your Books

September 19, 2014 - 8:52am
The etiquette of borrowing, recommending and reshelving books.

Editors’ Choice

September 19, 2014 - 8:52am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Paperback Row

September 19, 2014 - 8:52am
Paperback books of particular interest.

Inside the List

September 19, 2014 - 8:51am
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’

September 19, 2014 - 8:48am
In two books, Deborah Levy explores exile, estrangement and the deferral of desire.

‘The Paying Guests,’ by Sarah Waters

September 19, 2014 - 8:48am
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

September 19, 2014 - 8:47am
An Irish woman leaves behind a sick brother and an abusive home life in this coming-of-age novel.

‘Stone Mattress,’ by Margaret Atwood

September 19, 2014 - 8:47am
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

September 19, 2014 - 8:43am
New books by Raffaella Barker, Elizabeth Gaffney, Jennie Rooney and Jacqueline Winspear.