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"There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you."

—Elie(zer) Wiesel (b. 1928) Romanian-born writer, lecturer, survivor Nazi camps, Nobel


New York Times Book News

Bookends: Should Writers Respond to Their Critics? 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:00:02 GMT 
    James Parker and Zoë Heller discuss the pitfalls for writers who directly respond to their critics.

Books of The Times: 'The Great Reformer': Austen Ivereigh on Pope Francis 
  Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:42:38 GMT 
    “The Great Reformer” examines the roots of Pope Francis’s commitment to the poor, even in the face of government opposition during Argentina’s military dictatorship.

Best Selling Science Books 
  Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:02:51 GMT 
    Titles, fundamentally based on the sciences, as selected by the science editors from all adult nonfiction books reported to The New York Times for the month.

ArtsBeat: Nobel Gives French Novelist U.S. Boost 
  Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:02:17 GMT 
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Patrick Modiano’s latest novel, “So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood,” to be published in late 2015.

Books of The Times: ‘Teresa, My Love,’ Julia Kristeva’s Latest Novel 
  Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:01:45 GMT 
    Julia Kristeva, through an alter ego in “Teresa, My Love,” imagines the life of Teresa of Ávila.

Bookshelf: From Whitman to Kazin, Writers Who Found Inspiration on New York’s Streets 
  Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:05:03 GMT 
    Capsule reviews of books about writers’ street-level view of the city, the free black community of Weeksville that flourished in Brooklyn in the mid-19th century and how racial demographics are remaking New York and America.

‘Subtly Worded’ Brings Teffi to Non-Russian Readers 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:25:34 GMT 
    Teffi, Nicholas II’s favorite Russian author, will have a chance at a comeback with the publication in English of the anthology “Subtly Worded.”

ArtsBeat: A Fresh Look at Schulz and Kirby 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:27:00 GMT 
    Two new books provide insight into lesser-known stages of Charles M. Schulz and Jack Kirby’s careers.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: A Rare View of North Korea 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:39:13 GMT 
    Suki Kim talks about “Without You, There Is No Us,” and Meghan Daum discusses her new essay collection, “The Unspeakable.”

ArtsBeat: 92nd Street Y Announces Latin Jazz Festival 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:36:33 GMT 
    The first Latin on Lex festival will include Eddie Palmieri, Yosvany Terry and more.

The Letters and Poems of Samuel Beckett 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:06:29 GMT 
    “These throw no light on my work,” Samuel Beckett said of his letters, but he was wrong.
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