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Dany Laferrière, a Guardian of French, Joins the Académie Française 
  Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:15:37 GMT 
    The writer Dany Laferrière, born in Haiti, is one of the few non-French citizens to become a member of this elite club, a protector of the French language.

‘The New World,’ by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz 
  Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    A surgeon learns a shady company has her husband’s head.

‘The Wonder Garden,’ by Lauren Acampora 
  Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    These linked stories provide a group portrait of a WASPy town.

Bookshelf: A Fresh Lens on the Notorious Episode of Ota Benga 
  Wed, 03 Jun 2015 01:36:40 GMT 
    Pamela Newkirk engrossingly transforms what was billed in 1906 as a lesson in ethnography into a larger window on racism.

ArtsBeat: From New York (Cool) to Palookaville (Melancholy) 
  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 22:31:30 GMT 
    New books showcase the work of Jules Feiffer and Seth.

Tanith Lee, Fantasy and Horror Novelist, Dies at 67 
  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:23:03 GMT 
    Ms. Lee became the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award for best novel with “Death’s Master” in 1980.

Books of The Times: Review: Mark Vanhoenacker’s ‘Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot’ on Joy of Flight 
  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:47:55 GMT 
    Mr. Vanhoenacker’s first book is an unusual entry into the air travel genre. For one, he is a commercial pilot. For another, he doesn’t speak of flying disasters.

‘Daughters of the Samurai,’ by Janice P. Nimura 
  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:31:43 GMT 
    The daughters of samurai families were “volunteered” for a decade of study abroad.

‘Girl at War,’ by Sara Novic 
  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:30:02 GMT 
    This first novel explores how the experience of war can be conveyed to those who don’t know it.

‘The Making of Zombie Wars,’ by Aleksandar Hemon 
  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:30:02 GMT 
    Aleksandar Hemon’s comic novel about alienation and the undead.

Bookends: Does the Size of a Book Suggest Significance? 
  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    Mohsin Hamid and James Parker debate whether more is necessarily more.

  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:06:14 GMT 
    The season’s horror books include Clive Barker’s “The Scarlet Gospels” and Andrew Pyper’s “The Damned.”

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Shepherd’s Life,’ by James Rebanks, an English Sheep Farmer 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:51:40 GMT 
    This book about the author’s small sheep farm in England explores a way of life essentially unchanged for centuries in an era full of change and flux.

What Judy Blume’s Books Meant 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:45:50 GMT 
    As Ms. Blume prepares to promote her new novel, “In the Unlikely Event,” Lena Dunham, Samantha Bee and others discuss how her work influenced them.

Books: Review: ‘Unforgettable’ by Scott Simon: Saying Goodbye 140 Characters at a Time 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:06:22 GMT 
    In his memoir, Scott Simon recounts his talks with his dying mother on Twitter, joining.a national conversation on social media about death.

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