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Memoir, Perfectly Punctuated In 'Between You & Me'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:00am

New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris's new book is part life story, part grammar guide. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is delightful, and Norris is a "stickler who can't resist schtick."

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Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:45pm

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

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Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:21pm

"Our paths haven't crossed — we've beaten a path towards each other," says playwright David Hare. "Bill is my favorite leading man." Nighy is now starring in a revival of Hare's Skylight on Broadway.

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Tracing The Roots Of 'The Brothers' And The Boston Marathon Bombing

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:06pm

As the jurors start deliberations Tuesday whether to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Masha Gessen says there are still some "gaping holes" in the case. Her new book is The Brothers.

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Lucille Ball Sculptor Apologizes For 'By Far My Most Unsettling' Work

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:47am

"I take full responsibility for 'Scary Lucy,' " artist Dave Poulin says, adding that he didn't mean "to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image."

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Remembering Phyllis Klotman, Who Created An Amazing Collection Of Black Cinema

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:46am

Phyllis R. Klotman made it her life's work to find and preserve black films. She found more than 3,000 films that may have disappeared otherwise.

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Sprawling, Soaring 'Grace Of Kings' Changes The Fantasy Landscape

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:03am

Ken Liu's debut is an epic saga of gods, kings and rebels, set in an invented world with echoes of pan-Asian myth. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "beautiful, nuanced, fierce, original, and diverse."

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In 'American Warlord,' Real-Life Drama Falls Flat On The Page

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:03am

Johnny Dwyer's book tells the amazing, horrifying story of Chucky Taylor, son of the infamous Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. But flat writing and unforthcoming subjects make it a difficult read.

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Busy Chef Strives For Balanced Mix Of Home Life, Culinary Ambitions

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:26am

Restaurant owner and Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio tries to find the right recipe for blending work, family duties, and the pressures of being on the road.

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