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Hillary Clinton's book has sold more than 300,000 copies
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Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” had a big debut.

Clinton’s book about her stunning loss in 2016 to Donald Trump sold more than 300,000 copies in the combined formats of hardcover, e-book and audio, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The book’s hardcover sales of 168,000...

Jerry Pournelle, Science Fiction Novelist and Computer Guide, Dies at 84
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An aerospace consultant, advice columnist, blogger and best-selling author. (And maybe the first to write a novel on a word-processor.) www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/...
Nonfiction: A Wild and Exacting Food Writer Gets Her Due
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Patience Gray exerted an outsize influence on the culinary world, as Adam Federman’s biography “Fasting and Feasting” makes clear. www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/...
Forgetfulness by Francis O’Gorman review – an open window on history
Francis O’Gorman explores the different ways we forget, and the danger of ignoring the lessons of our own past

Francis O’Gorman’s new book centres on his belief that people in the 21st century are detaching themselves from the past to their detriment. He examines the ways we forget: the erasure of memory that comes with age, and the modern impulse to untether ourselves from the places we came from, orienting ourselves inste...

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State by Chris Renwick – the labour before Labour’s triumph
A new account shows how Attlee’s reforms built on foundations laid down decades earlier – and that was the key to their success

Contrary to what some may believe, the welfare state did not come into existence solely as a result of some sort of post-second world war big bang caused by the election of the Attlee government. To be sure it was the Attlee government that supplied the political will, but many of the principles and some of the measures evolved over the preceding half-century. One ...

Paperback Row
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Six new paperbacks to check out this week. www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/...
Books News: National Book Awards Longlists Are Announced
Nominees include Jennifer Egan, Lisa Ko, David Grann, Kevin Young and Alarcón. www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/...
Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Ways We Inherit Historical Traumas
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In “Survivor Café,” Elizabeth Rosner writes about how we recognize and cope with the traumas that directly affected previous generations. www.nytimes.com/2017/09/17/...
Nonfiction: Life in a Police State, Through the Searing Story of a Refugee’s Disappearance
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In “A Disappearance in Damascus,” the journalist Deborah Campbell searches for her guide, an Iraqi refugee. www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/...
'Angry boredom': early responses to Waiting for Godot showcased online

The British Library’s digital archive reveals early objections to Samuel Beckett’s play alongside other records of classic works’ early lives

Today, Waiting for Godot is the most celebrated of Samuel Beckett’s plays, but newly digitised material from the depths of the British Library shows how its first audiences responded in horror to its “lavatory references”, while some anticipated that “this ugly little jet of marsh-gas” from “the late James Joyce’s secretary” would soon be forgo...