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Friday, April 15, 2011
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‘Say Her Name’
By FRANCISCO GOLDMAN
Reviewed by ROBIN ROMM
Illustration by Emiliano Ponzi
Francisco Goldman’s passionate, moving novel takes as its subject his tragically short marriage to the fiction writer Aura Estrada, who died in a bodysurfing accident in 2007, when she was 30.
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‘The Eichmann Trial’
By DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT
Reviewed by FRANKLIN FOER
Deborah E. Lipstadt examines the trial of Adolf Eichmann as a crucial factor in the world’s perception of the Holocaust.
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‘The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim’
By JONATHAN COE
Reviewed by WILLIAM GIRALDI
A novel whose myopic hero can’t help messing up his own life.
‘The Uncoupling’
By MEG WOLITZER
Reviewed by JINCY WILLETT
This novel’s women swear off sex after a school decides to stage Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata.”
‘Beautiful and Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry’
By DAVID ORR
Reviewed by DAVID KIRBY
David Orr provides a tour of contemporary poetry and suggests how readers might feel better equipped to appreciate it.
‘Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout’
By PHILIP CONNORS
Reviewed by DONOVAN HOHN
Philip Connors’s first book chronicles a season spotting wildfires in a spectacularly combustible patch of New Mexico.
‘The Love of My Youth’
By MARY GORDON
Reviewed by LIESL SCHILLINGER
In Mary Gordon’s emotionally engaging, smoothly flowing novel, former lovers, both now nearing 60, are reunited in Rome.
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‘SuperCooperators’
By MARTIN A. NOWAK
Reviewed by OREN HARMAN
Most of the great evolutionary innovations of life on earth are due to cooperation, a Harvard scientist argues.
‘Sisters of Fortune’
By JEHANNE WAKE
Reviewed by MEGAN MARSHALL
A biographer traces the social adventures of a set of American heiresses who charmed Britain in the early 19th century.
‘Brothers, Rivals, Victors’
By JONATHAN W. JORDAN
Reviewed by MICHAEL KORDA
Jonathan W. Jordan explores the complex relationship of the World War II generals Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Omar Bradley.
‘Baseball in the Garden of Eden’
By JOHN THORN
Reviewed by BRUCE WEBER
A baseball historian untangles the game’s lineage, and rediscovers America’s pastime.
Children’s Books
Boxing Books
Reviewed by DAVID MARGOLICK
A picture book and a middle-grade novel introduce the boxer Joe Louis to a new generation.
‘Between Shades of Gray’
By RUTA SEPETYS
Reviewed by LINDA SUE PARK
This young adult novel explores a Lithuanian family’s trials under Stalin.
‘The Emerald Atlas’
By JOHN STEPHENS
Reviewed by DANA STEVENS
Three siblings discover a mysterious book that unlocks a powerful prophecy.
Children’s Bookshelf: The Environment
By PAMELA PAUL
More children’s books, on green themes.
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Picture Books About Dogs
Reviewed by PAMELA PAUL
“Say Hello to Zorro!” observes the relationship between old dog and new, while “Scritch-Scratch a Perfect Match” considers the relationship between dog and flea.
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The Ageless Appeal of Beverly Cleary
By PAMELA PAUL
A conversation with the children’s author, who turns 95 on April 12.
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Children’s Bookshelf: The Environment
By PAMELA PAUL
Reviews of new children’s books with green themes.
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Mystery novels by Michael Connelly, Donna Leon, Jason Goodwin and Lori Roy.
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In the early ’80s, when the children’s book authors Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume were with the same publisher, their boxes of fan mail were accidentally switched.
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By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
Starbucks may be struggling to regain its glory days, but the company’s chief executive, Howard Schultz, is on top of the hardcover nonfiction list.
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