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Beijing Journal: A Beijing Bookstore Where George Washington Is on the Shelves

The All Sages Bookstore, run by a onetime Tiananmen Square protester, has survived both the capital’s ferocious property market and the censorship of the Xi Jinping era.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: In ‘Godsong,’ a New Poem That’s 2,000 Years Old

Amit Majmudar’s verse translation of the Bhagavad Gita offers a ravishing and faithful version of that enigmatic religious text.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: A New Biography Traces Tiger Woods’s Mythical Rise and Fall

Like a pair of supersleuths, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian reconstruct the golfer’s life and offer new angles on old stories.

Writing and Writers

The Enthusiast: In Praise of Ruth McKenney

I wish McKenney’s life had been as joyous and carefree as her effervescent memoirs. But I rejoice that her books are still available at my hometown library.

Books and Literature

Editors’ Choice: 5 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Brazelton, T Berry

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Who Explored Babies’ Mental Growth, Dies at 99

In hospitals, clinics and books, he revolutionized our understanding of how children develop psychologically.

Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76.


Next 'Fantastic Beasts' movie thrills fans with return to Hogwarts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The second of the "Fantastic Beasts" movie spinoffs from author J.K. Rowling includes scenes set in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, directly connecting the story to the best-selling "Harry Potter" books and films, a first movie trailer on Tuesday showed.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Can Donald Trump Be Impeached?

Two new books examine the modern presidency and the possibility of removing Donald Trump from office.

One crime impacts every American

Of all the crimes on the books in the United States, there is one kind that impacts every single American citizen.

The very strange story of the sex guru and his protegé

The sex guru from Belarus and his protégé/lover preached empowerment through what they described as "the art of seduction." They promoted themselves in books and on social media as masters of manipulation, but then this strange swinging pair suddenly found themselves desperate and frightened, and stuck in a jail in Thailand.

Books and Literature

Profile: Andy Griffiths, the Down-Under Kids’ Author Known for His Butt Jokes, Now Builds and Builds on His Hit ‘Treehouse’ Series

His books are wildly popular among young readers in Australia, Europe and the United States, where a new one hits stores March 13.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Are iPhones Bad for Kids?

Two new books — Anya Kamenetz’s “The Art of Screen Time” and Naomi Schaefer Riley’s “Be the Parent, Please” — offer advice to anxious parents.

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World (Book)

Books of The Times: In ‘Behemoth,’ Manufacturing Still Looms Large

Joshua B. Freeman traces the rise of the factory and how it became entwined with Enlightenment ideas of progress.

Interior Design and Furnishings

Design Books to Kick-Start Your Decorating Projects.

Here are six new books to help you put plans for renovation, reorganization and other stalled projects into action.

Speak No Evil (Book)

Books of The Times: A Young Man of Strict Nigerian-American Parents Comes of Age While Coming Out

Uzodinma Iweala’s second novel, “Speak No Evil,” is about what happens when the wealthy and conservative parents of a track star headed to Harvard find out he’s gay.

Books and Literature

The New Vanguard

Our critics chose 15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.

Jordan Peele makes history

Jordan Peele's "Get Out" has placed him in the Oscar history books.


Lens: The Surrealist Photos of Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson self-published his own photo books decades ago. Now, those books — filled with dreamlike sequences — have been released in a single volume.


South Korea closes 84-year-old poet's exhibition amid sexual harassment claims

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's capital has closed an exhibition by poet Ko Un, long the country's hope for a Nobel Prize in literature, amid allegations of sexual misconduct and the government is considering removing his work from textbooks.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: A Monster in the Mold of Hannibal Lecter Haunts ‘The Sandman’

In this thriller by Lars Kepler, the pen name of a husband-and-wife team, a man returns home after 13 years missing and offers clues to a serial killer’s crimes.

Books and Literature

The Enthusiast: In Praise of Anita Brookner

“I’ve had to ration her books. They’re so brief, and besides, it brings me joy to know there are Brookner works I’ve not yet read.”

Libraries and Librarians

Once It Was Overdue Books. Now Librarians Fight Overdoses.

The opioid epidemic has turned librarians into emergency medical workers and prompted a debate over whether they should administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: Steven Pinker Wants You to Know Humanity Is Doing Fine. Just Don’t Ask About Individual Humans.

In “Enlightenment Now,” the psychologist continues his argument that conditions are improving for the species as a whole.

Heimel, Cynthia

Cynthia Heimel, Irreverent Writer About Sex, Dies at 70

In newspaper and magazine advice columns, many collected in books, Ms. Heimel was blunt and breezy about men, women, feminism, lingerie and much else.

Depression (Mental)

Books of The Times: Medicine Can Soothe a Troubled Mind, but Not Without Costs

In “Blue Dreams,” the psychologist Lauren Slater explores the intersection of personality and chemistry by way of her own history with antidepressants.

Books and Literature

Books News: Etan Thomas: Now a Different Kind of Player

The activist and former N.B.A. player tries to encourage athletes to become socially conscious in his book, “Why We Matter: Athletes and Activism.”

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: How Life as a Foreigner Helped Shape a Man of Letters

In “A Tokyo Romance,” the historian and editor Ian Buruma recalls a vivid and influential Japanese sojourn in his early 20s.

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery (Book)

Drawing Black History: 4 Children’s Book Illustrators Show Us How

We talked to the creators of four children’s books that depict forgotten figures from black history or find new meaning in familiar ones.

Books and Literature

Books News: So, You Say You Want to Do the Splits?

Thank you for your service, Marie Kondo. Meet Eiko. In her new book, a mega-seller in Japan, this yoga teacher says even the stiffest people can do the splits.


Palantir ordered to open books to investor seeking U.S. fraud probe

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Data analytics and security company Palantir Technologies Inc must open its books to early investor Marc Abramowitz, who wants to investigate possible fraud and mismanagement at the highly valued private U.S. company, a judge ruled on Thursday.

Books and Literature

By the Book: Brian Selznick: By the Book

As a boy, the author and illustrator Brian Selznick preferred consuming stories on screen: “I usually watched the movies of books I should have read.”

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (Book)

Books of The Times: American Blindness, Abroad and at Home

In “Political Tribes,” Amy Chua argues that elite Americans underestimate the power of sectarianism, domestically and internationally.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Cherished Black Bookstore in a Changing South L.A.

Wednesday: Eso Won Books preserves its identity decades after opening, a state gun law stands, and cold weather sends a chill through the state.


UPDATE 2-Confident AccorHotels books record annual profit

* Expects robust trends in Asia, Europe in 2018 (Recasts with CEO comments from call)

What Are We Doing Here? (Book)

Books of The Times: Marilynne Robinson’s Essays Reflect an Eccentric, Exasperating, Profound and Generous Mind

The essays in “What Are We Doing Here?” take aim at orthodoxies on all sides of civic and theological debates.

Figure Skating

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Are Ice Dancing’s King and Queen

The Canadians modernized ice dancing and skated their way into the history books Tuesday at the Winter Games.

The Graybar Hotel (Book)

Books News: A Prisoner Got a Book Deal. Now the State Wants Him to Pay for His Imprisonment.

Curtis Dawkins, a fiction writer who is serving a life sentence for murder in Michigan, says his children shouldn’t have to pay for his sins.

Books and Literature

How Does a Political Reporter Write a Memoir? First, Read Books. A Lot of Books.

A reporter who spent a decade covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns talks about her adjustment to book leave and finding the “foreign land where writers live.”

An alternative to timeouts for children

Without meaning to, my wife and I conducted an A-B experiment while disciplining our two children. They are 4½ years apart, and somewhere in that gap -- thanks to the suggestions of the progressive, mindful parenting books we regularly consume -- we did away with the popular refuge of nearly all parents (probably since the dawn of time): the "timeout." As some Neanderthal dad probably yelled, "Go to your part of the cave until you've calmed down!"

Writing and Writers

Books News: Hunting — and Haunted by — a Serial Killer

Michelle McNamara died before she completed her book about the Golden State Killer; her husband, Patton Oswalt didn’t want her work to be in vain.

Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, & Politics of Ordinary Abortion (Book)

Books of The Times: ‘Scarlet A’ Wants Less Shouting About Abortion and More Talking

Katie Watson says that with so much focus on “extraordinary” cases, there is something “unreal” about the American conversation about abortion.

Books and Literature

The Shortlist: 3 Books to Help You Understand Millennials and Beyond

Whether it’s the modern labor market, a selfie obsession or loneliness brought on by cellphone addiction, here’s what’s wrong with young people.


Japan Display books fourth straight quarterly loss, no partner yet

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc reported a fourth straight quarter of loss and said its search for a global partnership was taking more time than expected, showing its growing struggles as customers shift to a newer display technology.

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai (Book)

Books of The Times: First Comes Love, Then Comes What Exactly?

Two new books, Roseann Lake’s “Leftover in China” and Elizabeth Flock’s “The Heart Is a Shifting Sea,” examine how marriage has withstood breakneck economic growth and social change in China and India.

Books and Literature

Page 76: Inside the Season’s New Books

The artist Celeste Dupuy-Spencer interprets what’s happening on Page 76 of newly published or upcoming titles. Plus, a few other releases on our radar.

Scientific breakthrough could be as simple as measuring the wobble of a muon

This past week was an exciting one for scientists. No, not only because of the breathtaking launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, but also because a new, ultra-precise, scientific facility is beginning operations at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, just outside Chicago. The facility, called the g-2 experiment (pronounced "g minus 2") could lead to the world's scientific community rewriting the textbooks.


Alpine skiing: Shiffrin won't give up slalom gold easily

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - American Mikaela Shiffrin will enter the record books if she can win Wednesday's Olympic women's slalom event at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

Going for a Beer (Book)

Books of The Times: Experiments Succeed — and Fail — Spectacularly in Robert Coover’s Lab

“Going for a Beer” collects short fictions by Coover, a pioneering postmodernist who finds a kind of glee in human mess and degradation.

Weddings and Engagements

Their First Adventures Began on a Slow Bus

Two very different travelers (guidebooks and maps are her bible; he prefers to get lost and explore) find their way to love.

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: In Y.A., Where Has All the Good Sex Gone?

In the 1970s, books like Judy Blume’s “Forever” showed teenagers that sex was natural and pleasurable. Now it’s more often a danger zone. What happened?

Books and Literature

Books News: Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

What do the noble mastiff, the lowly cur and the trundle-tail have in common besides being terms for dogs?

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys Club of Silicon Valley (Book)

Books of The Times: In ‘Brotopia,’ Silicon Valley Disrupts Everything but the Boys’ Club

Emily Chang’s book looks at the way male cliques in the tech world use their newfound wealth and power to get whatever it is they had previously been denied — mainly stuff, status and sex.

Asymmetry (Book)

Books of The Times: Two Stories Harmonize in Lisa Halliday’s Deft Debut Novel

“Asymmetry” juxtaposes the story of a May-December romance (in which the man closely resembles Philip Roth) with the tragedy of an Iraqi-American family.

China confirms Swedish publisher has been detained

China has confirmed for the first time that a Hong Kong-based Swedish citizen who published and sold books critical of the Chinese government has been detained following his purported arrest last month.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Sex Toy Shops That Switched On a Feminist Revolution

Peggy Orenstein reviews “Buzz” and “Vibrator Nation,” two new books about the history and significance of sex toys.

The Friend (Book)

Books of The Times: Mourning With the Help of a Great Dane

In Sigrid Nunez’s charming new novel, “The Friend,” a woman in a small Manhattan apartment inherits a large dog from a man who committed suicide.

Eagles want an upset while Brady aims for a 6th Patriots' win

There's snow and ice on the ground, but it's about to heat up inside US Bank Stadium. Super Bowl LII is here, and Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are back for yet another opportunity to add to the record books.


UPDATE 3-McKesson says drug prices competitive but not volatile like 2017

* Books tax benefit of $370 mln in 3rd quarter (Adds company commentary on generic drug prices, background, analyst quotes; updates stock prices)

Nicholas von Hoffman

Nicholas von Hoffman, Provocative Journalist and Author, Dies at 88

In columns and books, Mr. von Hoffman examined American politics and culture from a left-wing perspective over five decades.

The Great Alone (Book)

Books of The Times: A Troubled Dad Takes His Family Into the Wild

In Kristin Hannah’s new novel, “The Great Alone,” a father back from the Vietnam War moves to a tiny Alaskan outpost with his wife and daughter.

Can Amazon rule health care just like books?

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations (Book)

Books of The Times: ‘Rise and Kill First’ Shines Light on Israel’s Hidden Assassinations

Ronen Bergman’s blend of history and investigative reporting is a humane book about a contentious subject.

Books and Literature

Oprah Winfrey Drops Russell Simmons From Spiritual Advice Book

Ms. Winfrey and Flatiron Books jointly decided to remove the hip-hop mogul’s passages from “The Wisdom of Sundays” after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Books and Literature

Books News: Kwame Alexander to Start His Own Imprint. The Name? Versify. Get It?

The author of “The Crossover” is looking for risky, unconventional children’s books.

Heart Berries (Book)

Books of The Times: ‘Heart Berries’ Shatters a Pattern of Silence

Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir is about growing up on an Indian reservation in Canada and her family’s intergenerational trauma.


Pfizer profit tops estimates, books $11 billion tax gain

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc beat analysts' estimate for adjusted profit on Tuesday, helped by strong demand for its pneumonia vaccine Prevnar and rheumatoid arthritis drug Xeljanz, while reporting an $11 billion gain from the new tax law.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Enter the Holodeck

Two new books by virtual reality experts, Jaron Lanier and Jeremy Bailenson, describe how the technology will change us.

The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1994-2017 (Book)

Books of The Times: Two Generations on View in Essays by Martin Amis and Zadie Smith

Amis’s “The Rub of Time” and Smith’s “Feel Free” feature pieces about politics, literature, aging and more.

Books and Literature

Essay: Transportive Reading for Underground Transportation

We have the “beach read” and the “airplane read,” but what about those books best suited for the subway?


U.S. 'deeply concerned' by detention of Swedish citizen in China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that it was deeply concerned that a Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller, Gui Minhai, had been detained in China and called for him to be allowed to leave the country.


Austrian president calls for far-right candidate's resignation over Nazi-content in song book

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen on Saturday called on Freedom Party (FPO) candidate Udo Landbauer to step down from elections in the province of Lower Austria after it emerged a group he was a member of had distributed song books with Nazi content.

Walmart to sell e-books and audiobooks online

Books and Literature

Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (Book)

Books of The Times: Black Lives Matter and the Intrepid Lives That Preceded It

“When They Call You a Terrorist,” a memoir by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and “A More Beautiful and Terrible History,” by the historian Jeanne Theoharis, offer insights about the civil rights movement past and present.


EU ambassador says he expects release of Swedish citizen detained by China

BEIJING (Reuters) - The European Union's Ambassador to China Hans Dietmar Schweisgut said on Wednesday he expects Chinese authorities to immediately release Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai.

Political Prisoners

Sweden Wants Answers About Its Seized Citizen. China Isn’t Giving Any.

Sweden has asked China to explain what happened to a Hong Kong bookseller with Swedish citizenship who was taken from a train. But China is not talking.

The Monk of Mokha (Book)

Books of The Times: ‘The Monk of Mokha’ is Dave Eggers’s Latest PG-13 Story About the American Dream

Eggers’s new book is about a man, the son of Yemeni immigrants, who becomes obsessed with restoring the honor of Yemeni coffee.


Google gets into audiobooks as rivalry with Amazon heats up

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google introduced audiobooks to its online store on Tuesday, making its smart speakers and virtual assistant more competitive with Inc's Echo devices and Alexa voice assistant.


BRIEF-Viex Capital Sent Demand Letter To Immersion To Inspect Certain Books And Records - SEC Filing


Books and Literature

The Passion and Peril of Birding

Three new books, reviewed by Richard Prum, take an unvarnished look at birdmania, from the fun to the pathological.


China says it has no information on seized Swedish citizen

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had no information on a detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller, Gui Minhai, after his daughter said he was seized from a train bound for the capital, Beijing.

Daughter: Swedish bookseller seized by Chinese agents

A Swedish book publisher under house arrest in China was seized by plainclothes police on a train Saturday in front of diplomats, his daughter said, reigniting international criticism of Beijing's treatment of its critics.

Frankenstein in Baghdad (Book)

Books of The Times: In ‘Frankenstein in Baghdad,’ a Fantastical Manifestation of War’s Cruelties

Ahmed Saadawi’s novel, set in U.S.-occupied Iraq, is an ingenious updating of Mary Shelley’s classic.

Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself (Book)

Profile: When a Therapist Puts Buddhism Into Practice

Mark Epstein wrote a slew of popular books on the intersection of Western and Eastern thought, but kept his work with patients separate. Then came his father’s illness, and a new book: “Advice Not Given.”

Books and Literature

Tech We’re Using: How Technology Is (and Isn’t) Changing Our Reading Habits

Alexandra Alter, who covers books for The Times, discussed the limits to how tech has transformed the industry.

Why Liberalism Failed (Book)

Books of The Times: If Liberalism Is Dead, What Comes Next?

In “Why Liberalism Failed,” Patrick J. Deneen argues that mere tinkering will not address profound discontent with the political establishment.

Former CIA officer arrested at airport with list of agents, authorities say

A former CIA officer who allegedly kept small notebooks with handwritten lists of the real names of covert agency employees was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday night, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Yates, Christopher J.

Books of The Times: In This Thriller, a Cold Case Turns Hot 26 Years Later

Christopher J. Yates’s “Grist Mill Road” opens with a shooting involving three teenagers, then revisits the crime and its consequences once they’re grown.


Citi profit tops estimates; books $22 billion tax charge

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that topped Wall Street expectations as consumer businesses made up for lower revenue from bond and currency trading.


Tennis: Kerber consigns 2017 to the history books

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber has turned the page on a horror 2017 season and is focused firmly on making a fresh start to her career, the German said after sailing into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Book)

Books of The Times: Catching Up With Denis Johnson’s Star-Crossed Drifters

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” a posthumous story collection, is a sequel of sorts to Johnson’s influential and beloved “Jesus’ Son.”

Prisons and Prisoners

Big City: Selling Prisoners Cheetos, Not Chomsky

The governor canceled a program that would have limited the books inmates could receive, but the larger problems with marketing to prisoners persist.


Opinion: To Make Prisons ‘Safer,’ Some Are Banning . . . Books

Denying people the right to read, especially books that reflect their own lives, has a sordid history.

Hurricane Katrina was 'tragedy turned into blessing' for musician

2017 swept into the record books as the most destructive hurricane season in US history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria forced millions to evacuate, leaving families from Texas to Puerto Rico fearing that they might never see their homes again.

Books and Literature

Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Ferguson, Niall

By the Book: Niall Ferguson: By the Book

The historian, biographer and author talks about the books he reads and re-reads, and the ones he is very happy not to read.

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (Book)

Books of The Times: Will Democracy Survive President Trump? Two New Books Aren’t So Sure

David Frum’s “Trumpocracy” takes aim at the president and those who empower him, and “How Democracies Die,” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, reads at times like a sly subtweet of the Republican Party.


Canada's competition watchdog settles with HarperCollins

TORONTO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Publisher HarperCollins has agreed to donate C$150,000 ($120,000) in books as part of a settlement with a Canadian law enforcement agency over accusations it colluded with rival publishers and Apple Inc to set prices, the agency said on Tuesday.

Black No More (Book)

Books of The Times: Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race

George S. Schuyler’s “Black No More” and Nella Larsen’s “Passing” have been reissued in time for Black History Month.