Scholars Doubt New Theory on Anne Frank’s Betrayal

A new book that names a Jewish notary as a suspect made headlines. Now that World War II and Holocaust experts have had time to review its claims, many doubt the methods and conclusion.

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Steve Jenkins, 69, Dies; His Children’s Books Brought Science to Life

In plain language, he answered many burning questions: How do you catch a fly? What do animals do the day they’re born? How loud is a lion’s roar?

#animals, #art, #books-and-literature, #caldecott-medal, #children-and-childhood, #deaths-obituaries, #jenkins-steve-1952-2021, #writing-and-writers

A Strong New Lead in ‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank’

Rosemary Sullivan’s new book chronicles the emergence of a new suspect who might have informed the authorities of Frank’s whereabouts.

#books-and-literature, #frank-anne, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #sullivan-rosemary-1947, #the-betrayal-of-anne-frank-book

The Too-Short Evolution of Mac Miller

“Most Dope,” a biography by Paul Cantor, offers a tender remembrance of a precocious talent.

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A Fascinating Page-Turner Made From an Unlikely Subject: Federal Reserve Policy

Christoper Leonard’s “The Lords of Easy Money” takes aim at the Fed’s decision to inject new money into the banking system.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #books-and-literature, #federal-open-market-committee, #federal-reserve-system, #leonard-christopher-journalist, #the-lords-of-easy-money-how-the-federal-reserve-broke-the-american-economy-book, #united-states-economy

Spiders, Archaeology and Brain Confetti

Our critic recommends old and new books.

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A Library the Internet Can’t Get Enough Of

Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?

#books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #johns-hopkins-university, #libraries-and-librarians, #macksey-richard-1931-2019, #photography, #social-media

Terry Teachout, Arts Critic With a Wide Range, Is Dead at 65

He called himself a “well-informed amateur,” and he wrote about everything from bluegrass to ballet.

#books-and-literature, #conservatism-us-politics, #culture-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #music, #teachout-terry-1956-2022, #theater, #wall-street-journal

Into the Belly of the Whale With Sjón

The Icelandic novelist, poet and Björk collaborator is a surrealist for our time.

#bjork, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #iceland, #sjon-1962, #volcanoes, #whales-and-whaling, #writing-and-writers

Leading Bookseller’s Private Collection Goes Up for Sale

Christie’s will auction the personal Americana collection of William Reese, which carries an estimate of $12 million to $18 million.

#americana, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #reese-william-s, #united-states

Robert Gottlieb on ‘Garbo’ and ‘Babbitt’

Gottlieb talks about his own new biography and the work of Sinclair Lewis, and Carl Bernstein discusses “Chasing History.”

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Mommy Is Going Away for Awhile

The antiheroine of the moment, in movies like “The Lost Daughter” and novels like “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness,” commits the mother’s ultimate sin: abandoning her children.

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Two High-Powered Black Attorneys Confront a Justice System’s Flaws

“Just Pursuit,” by Laura Coates, a former federal prosecutor, and “The Rage of Innocence,” by Kristin Henning, a longtime juvenile defense lawyer, detail the moral quandaries and bias they encountered in their work.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #coates-laura, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #henning-kristin-1970, #just-pursuit-a-black-prosecutors-fight-for-fairness-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-rage-of-innocence-how-america-criminalizes-black-youth-book, #united-states, #youth

Some Antiracist Books Aren’t Very Good. Do I Still Have to Read Them to My Child?

I’m all for undoing racist impulses, but I wonder how useful it is to sit with my daughter and scold myself with clunky prose.

#antiracist-baby-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kendi-ibram-x, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity

The Book That Turned Annie Leibovitz Into a Photographer

“I became a photographer because of ‘The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson,’ which was published when I was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. I was studying painting. Maybe it was something about the word ‘world,’ as well as the pictures, that seduced me.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #leibovitz-annie, #writing-and-writers

Finding Joy Through Art at the End of the World in ‘Station Eleven’

Emily St. John Mandel talks about the pandemic novel she wrote years before Covid-19 and the HBO Max adaptation that some viewers have found oddly life-affirming.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #hbo-max, #mandel-emily-st-john, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #station-eleven-book, #station-eleven-tv-program, #television, #writing-and-writers

‘American Urbanist,’ a Well-Timed Biography of a Man Who Reshaped City Life

Richard K. Rein’s book tells the story of William H. Whyte, a sociologist who wrote “The Organization Man” and helped to rethink how cities look and feel.

#american-urbanist-how-william-h-whytes-unconventional-wisdom-reshaped-public-life-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #new-york-city, #rein-richard-k, #urban-areas, #whyte-william-h, #writing-and-writers

Does Art Have to Be Relevant? One Prominent Critic Says No.

The composer John Adams reviews a new book by Jed Perl, “Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts.”

#authority-and-freedom-a-defense-of-the-arts-book, #books-and-literature, #culture-arts, #perl-jed, #social-conditions-and-trends

A Memoir of a Young Girl’s Survival Amid Mounting Horrors

In “Mala’s Cat,” Mala Kacenberg describes her time hiding out in the forest during World War II after losing her family.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #kacenberg-mala, #poland, #world-war-ii-1939-45

A Chilling Debut Novel Puts Mothers Under Surveillance and Into Parenting Rehab

Jessamine Chan’s “The School for Good Mothers” takes up themes of autonomy and technology in imagining an experimental facility where parents go through mandatory retraining.

#books-and-literature, #chan-jessamine, #the-school-for-good-mothers-book

What Unites Buddhism and Psychotherapy? One Therapist Has the Answer.

In “The Zen of Therapy,” Mark Epstein weaves together two ways of understanding how humans can feel more settled in their lives.

#books-and-literature, #buddhism, #epstein-mark-1953, #meditation, #the-zen-of-therapy-uncovering-a-hidden-kindness-in-life-book, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Jami Attenberg’s Memoir Is a Portrait of the Artist as a Born Writer

In “I Came All This Way to Meet You,” the novelist reveals how far she’s traveled — and how many obstacles she’s cleared — to get where she is now.

#attenberg-jami, #books-and-literature, #brooklyn-nyc, #new-orleans-la, #writing-and-writers

In Zora Neale Hurston’s Essays, the Nonfiction of a Nonconformist

“You Don’t Know Us Negroes,” edited by Genevieve West and Henry Louis Gates Jr., is a collection of nonfiction by the author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

#books-and-literature, #hurston-zora-neale, #you-dont-know-us-negroes-and-other-essays-book

The Sunday Read: ‘What if There’s No Such Thing as Closure?’

Many of us are taught that if we work hard enough we’ll be able to get over our losses. The social scientist Pauline Boss sees it differently.

#audio-negative-sad, #books-and-literature, #grief-emotion

Rubble and Repression: An Intimate Look at Germany in the Decade After Hitler

“Aftermath,” by Harald Jähner, recounts Germans rebuilding their country while avoiding any reckoning with what the Nazi regime had done in their name.

#aftermath-life-in-the-fallout-of-the-third-reich-1945-1955-book, #books-and-literature, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jahner-harald

Book Review: ‘To Paradise,’ by Hanya Yanagihara

“To Paradise” spans centuries and continents with a dizzying array of themes, situations and motifs.

#books-and-literature, #to-paradise-book, #yanagihara-hanya

Carl Bernstein’s Eulogy for the Newspaper Business

Bernstein’s memoir “Chasing History” is a personal and affectionate look at the past, when journalism was thriving.

#bernstein-carl, #books-and-literature, #chasing-history-a-kid-in-the-newsroom-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #washington-evening-star, #washington-post

F. Sionil Jose, 97, Novelist Who Saw Heroism in Ordinary Filipinos, Dies

Mr. Jose’s writing, rich in themes drawn from his rural upbringing, amounted to a continuing morality play about poverty and class divisions in the Philippines.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #jose-f-sionil, #philippines, #writing-and-writers

A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at the Grolier Club

A collector’s passion for Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is on display in “Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects.” But can he solve the case of the pirate signature?

#book-clubs, #books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #doyle-arthur-conan, #grolier-club, #holmes-sherlock-fictional-character, #miranker-glen-s, #sherlock-holmes-book, #sherlock-holmes-in-221-objects-exhibit, #writing-and-writers

Listeners’ Questions

Critics, reporters and editors answer your questions about all things literary.

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Overlooked No More: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Artist and Author Who Explored Identity

She was murdered after the publication of her first novel, “Dictee,” a challenging exploration of Korean history and immigrant life that inspires Asian American writers today.

#art, #asian-americans, #biographical-information, #books-and-literature, #cha-theresa-hak-kyung, #dictee-book, #korean-americans, #writing-and-writers

Will America Descend Into Another Civil War?

It’s hard to imagine. But so is democracy’s salvation.

#books-and-literature, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #how-civil-wars-start-and-how-to-stop-them-book, #marche-stephen, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #the-next-civil-war-dispatches-from-the-american-future-book, #united-states, #walter-barbara-f, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘The School for Good Mothers’ Is Our January Group Text Pick

In her debut novel, “The School for Good Mothers,” Jessamine Chan imagines a future where parents (mostly women) get sent to government-run reform school.

#books-and-literature, #chan-jessamine, #the-school-for-good-mothers-book

The Latest Mystery and Crime Novels

In “Something to Hide,” Elizabeth George delivers another intelligent, intricate mystery starring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of New Scotland Yard.

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Why the Nobel-Winning Economist Amartya Sen Recommends ‘King Lear’

“Sympathy and solidarity are qualities that people do need.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #sen-amartya, #writing-and-writers

F.B.I. Arrests Man Accused of Stealing Unpublished Book Manuscripts

Filippo Bernardini, an Italian citizen who worked in publishing, was charged with wire fraud and identity theft for a scheme that prosecutors said affected hundreds of people over five or more years.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #impostors-criminal, #manuscripts, #writing-and-writers

Carl Bernstein, Looking Back at His Start, Conjures the Newsrooms of the Early 1960s

“Chasing History” tells the story of his journalistic apprenticeship at The Evening Star in Washington, D.C., when he was in his teens and early 20s.

#bernstein-carl, #books-and-literature, #chasing-history-a-kid-in-the-newsroom-book, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers

Joan Didion, Conservative

Why I am drawn to Didion’s earlier work and its ambiguities.

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What Role Do Emotions Play in the Way Our Brains Work?

In “Emotional,” Leonard Mlodinow examines the effect of feelings on our thought processes and mental lives.

#books-and-literature, #emotional-how-feelings-shape-our-thinking-book, #emotions, #mlodinow-leonard, #psychology-and-psychologists

Norman Mailer Book to Be Released by Skyhorse

The independent press acquired the title after Random House, the writer’s longtime publisher, declined to make an offer.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #cancel-culture, #mailer-norman, #penguin-random-house, #random-house, #skyhorse-publishing, #writing-and-writers

‘Lost & Found’ Ponders Profound Grief Alongside Newfound Love

Kathryn Schulz’s memoir places the totalizing experience of loss on a continuum with the summons of romantic and even religious love.

#books-and-literature, #grief-emotion, #lostfound-a-memoir-book, #schulz-kathryn

A Gothic Novel Haunted by Nine Lives Over Nine Decades

In “Luckenbooth,” Jenni Fagan traces the strange, fantastical stories of artists, vagabonds, dreamers and mystics in a single tenement.

#books-and-literature, #fagan-jenni

Book Review: ‘Anthem,’ by Noah Hawley

In “Anthem,” Noah Hawley ushers readers into a nightmarish fantasy world.

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Noah Hawley Keeps Changing Lanes

The show runner behind “Fargo” and “Legion” is also a novelist. His latest, “Anthem,” is set in a divided America with a touch of magical realism.

#anthem-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #hawley-noah, #television, #writing-and-writers

The Unsung Heroes of the 2020 Presidential Election

“The Steal,” by Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague, memorializes those brave Republicans who defied their party and refused to overturn the 2020 election.

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Craving Books, Sex and Revolution

Gina Apostol’s novel “Bibliolepsy” revisits the final years of the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines.

#apostol-gina, #bibliolepsy-book, #books-and-literature

Tackling the Enduring Mysteries of Dante’s Life

“Dante: A Life,” an impressively researched new portrait by the Italian novelist and historian Alessandro Barbero, plumbs some of the perennial riddles in Dante studies and arrives at unconventional conclusions.

#barbero-alessandro, #books-and-literature, #dante-alighieri-1265-1321, #dante-a-life-book, #florence-italy, #poetry-and-poets, #the-divine-comedy-book

‘Three Minutes: A Lengthening’ Looks at Jewish Life Before Nazi Invasion

A documentary based on a home movie shot by an American in 1938 provides a look at the vibrancy of a Jewish community in Europe just before the Holocaust.

#bonham-carter-helena, #books-and-literature, #documentary-films-and-programs, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #kurtz-glenn, #nasielsk-poland, #poland, #stigter-bianca, #sundance-film-festival-park-city-utah, #three-minutes-in-poland-discovering-a-lost-world-in-a-1938-family-film-book, #three-minutes-a-lengthening-movie, #united-states-holocaust-memorial-museum

‘How Civil Wars Start,’ a Warning About the State of the Union

In her new book, Barbara F. Walter makes the case that the United States is firmly within the “danger zone” for more political violence.

#books-and-literature, #how-civil-wars-start-and-how-to-stop-them-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walter-barbara-f

Taiwanese-Born Best Friends Endure a California Adolescence, Side by Side

Jean Chen Ho’s debut story collection, “Fiona and Jane,” follows all the milestones of growing up for immigrants in America.

#books-and-literature, #ho-jean-chen