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The question of what books to take to the beach every summer is one that stumps those of us with even the longest to-be-read...

A New View of Evolution That Can’t Be Represented by a Tree

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New Kids’ Books Put A Human Face On The Refugee Crisis

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Foreign Authors Shun Hebrew Translations

British author Kamila Shamsie, whose early works had been translated into Hebrew, refuses to publish her new books in Israel. She's not the only...

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Top 10 books about gangsters

t’s not hard to understand the enduring appeal of gangsters in fiction. From the romantic notion of the outlaw antihero to the caricature of...

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For the first time in 35 years, a brand-new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is, well, on the books. It will be the...

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Out With 2 New Books

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Olga Tokarczuk’s Book ‘Flights’ Is Taking Off

The Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk had to wait until she was 28 to receive a passport and make her first trip abroad. Like many...

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