Nonfiction: The iPhone Is 10 Years Old. Here’s the Story of Its Birth.

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Spread the loveTweet The iPhone dwells among us, but it looks — it’s designed to look — as if it just moments ago entered our world from some higher, more…


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Fiction: In ‘Camino Island,’ John Grisham Takes a Vacation From Writing John Grisham Novels

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Spread the loveTweet Photo Credit Elena Xausa CAMINO ISLAND By John Grisham 290 pp. Doubleday. $28.95. Mercer Mann, a young novelist struggling to come up with an idea for her…


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Books of The Times: Soft Children Confront a Hard World in Maile Meloy’s New Novel

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Spread the loveTweet Her best books remain her first two, the story collection “Half in Love” (2002) and the novel “Liars and Saints” (2003). “Do Not Become Alarmed” is her…


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Amazon Sets Up Shop in the Heart of the Publishing Industry

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Spread the loveTweet Now, Amazon is bringing its experimental, data-driven approach to physical retail to Midtown Manhattan, the heart of the publishing industry. On Thursday, Amazon will open a store…


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Table for Three: Sheryl Sandberg and Elizabeth Alexander on Love, Loss and What Comes Next

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Spread the loveTweet Now, both women have written best-selling books about those losses and their aftermath. Ms. Alexander’s memoir, “The Light of the World,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer…


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Nonfiction: A Kinder, Gentler Portrait of Prince Charles

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Spread the loveTweet Photo Prince Charles at Highgrove, his house and gardens in Gloucestershire, in 2002. Credit John Stoddart/Getty Images PRINCE CHARLES The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life…


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Fiction: Stephen King on Paul Theroux’s Portrait of a Truly Horrible Mother

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Spread the loveTweet And still, I sort of liked it. As with some of the more gruesome Thomas Hardy novels (“Jude the Obscure” comes to mind), reading “Mother Land” is…


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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young African Immigrant

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Spread the loveTweet Ojih Odutola, raised in Huntsville’s urban northwest, describes an entirely different encounter with the epithet. When she was around 10, her predominantly black soccer team traveled for…


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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: China Miéville on the Russian Revolution

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Spread the loveTweet What’s the most surprising thing you learned while writing it? The extent to which you couldn’t make this up. I did this enormous amount of research, and…


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Peter Spier, Illustrator of Children’s Books, Dies at 89

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Spread the loveTweet “Noah’s Ark” brought Mr. Spier the Caldecott Medal, the highest honor for illustrators of picture books. Continue reading the main story He said that he created children’s…


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