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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Asia’s Cauldron’ 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:22:00 GMT 
    Robert D. Kaplan discusses “Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific.”








ArtsBeat: Remembering the Life and Work of Gabriel García Márquez 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:54:49 GMT 
    A look at The Times’s coverage of Gabriel García Márquez, who died on Thursday at 87.








Inside the List 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:25:54 GMT 
    “The Opposite of Loneliness,” new on the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 11, is a collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan, the 22-year-old writer who died in a car accident two years ago.


‘The Gray Notebook,’ by Josep Pla 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:24:35 GMT 
    A Catalan writer held on to his 1918-19 diary for almost half a century, revising it and creating a portrait of the times.


‘The Wives of Los Alamos,’ by TaraShea Nesbit 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:24:08 GMT 
    This novel imagines married life at a secret atomic testing facility in remote Los Alamos.


‘The Tyranny of Experts,’ by William Easterly 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:45 GMT 
    The world’s poor have been betrayed by the technocrats in charge of global development, William Easterly says.


‘Cycle of Lies’ and ‘Wheelmen’ 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:20 GMT 
    Lance Armstrong and the win-at-all-costs world of pro cycling.


‘Neanderthal Man,’ by Svante Paabo 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:36 GMT 
    In tracing ancient DNA, a paleogeneticist uncovered a relationship between Neanderthals and modern humans.


‘Plato at the Googleplex,’ by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:08 GMT 
    A philosophical inquiry imagines Plato on an American book tour in the 21st century.


Crime: Nevada Barr’s ‘Destroyer Angel,’ and More 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:21:43 GMT 
    In Nevada Barr’s Destroyer Angel,” the National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon must revert to her animal nature to survive.


‘Three Brothers,’ by Peter Ackroyd 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:19:58 GMT 
    This novel, set against the backdrop of 1960s London, abounds with political corruption and sexual scandal.


‘No Book but the World,’ by Leah Hager Cohen 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:19:37 GMT 
    Raised by utopian parents, this novel’s brother and sister find it hard to navigate the world.


‘Saint Monkey,’ by Jacinda Townsend 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:19:01 GMT 
    Two ambitious friends come of age in 1950s Kentucky, but a rift forms when one moves to Harlem.


Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:18:14 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.


Paperback Row 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:17:58 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.


The Shortlist: Susan Cheever’s ‘E. E. Cummings,’ and More 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:17:05 GMT 
    New books about Marianne Moore, E. E. Cummings, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and Tennyson.
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