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Blogger helps raise $1 million so NYC kids can visit Harvard

Friday, January 30, 2015

A fundraising campaign inspired by the popular photo blog Humans of New York has raised more than $1 million to send middle school students from a high-poverty Brooklyn school on field trips to Harvard. Blogger Brandon Stanton featured 13-year-old Vidal Chastanet on Jan. 20. Vidal told Stanton about Nadia Lopez. She’s his principal at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. He said Lopez inspires students by …

Where sports and race collide

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The score that night was Vanderbilt 90, Mississippi 72. Although the racist insults and threats of violence didn’t appear in the next day’s sports section, Perry Wallace, now an American University law professor, can’t forget that 1968 basketball game in Oxford, Miss. It wasn’t the first time he had withstood this kind of …

‘Literary thriller’ focuses on abducted girl

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The most common thriller plot may be that of the girl or young woman who vanishes and is feared to be either a captive or dead. That fear set in motion Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River, Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know and countless other works. …

‘First Impressions’ wooden yet the author’s passion is hard to resist

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Charlie Lovett’s best-selling debut, The Bookman’s Tale, was an ­ old-fashioned suspenseful romp spanning centuries and continents and peppered with romance, skulduggery, forgery and murder, all driven by one of the enduring questions of literary scholarship: Was Shakespeare …

‘My True Love Gave to Me’ a plummy treat

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Love is in the peppermint-scented air in these 12 playful, often touching holiday tales, each by a popular young-adult author. There’s flirting and yearning – even an elf prom – amid the fir trees in a collection that …

11 Children’s books to add to your gift-giving list

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My kids loved Holly Hobbie’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas because it was full of holiday excitement and hushed wonder and plucky pink pigs. I loved it because it was a surprisingly soulful meditation on the push and …

First Alice Munro collection since Nobel Prize

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A year after Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature and was cited for her mastery of the modern short story, her publisher has collected 24 of her stories published over the past two decades. Family Furnishings …

Karen Pirie is on the case in ‘The Skeleton Road’

Sunday, December 7, 2014

In The Skeleton Road, Val McDermid melds the political thriller with the police procedural for an intense novel that gives equal attention to each genre. McDermid pulls together a complicated tale of war and its aftermath for a …

‘Midnight in Siberia’ looks at Russia today

Sunday, December 7, 2014

As the West nervously watches a newly aggressive Russia, many commentators are trying to figure out what Vladimir Putin is thinking. But Midnight in Siberia reminds us of another important question: What are the Russian people thinking? David …

Ayn Rand novel ‘Ideal’ to be published in July

Sunday, December 7, 2014

An Ayn Rand novel written, temporarily shelved and later published as a play is finally being released in its original form. The New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Thursday that Rand’s Ideal would be …

A little humor in ‘Severed’

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Somewhat inexplicably, Frances Larson fails, in what must otherwise be the definitive book about decapitation, to mention or quote the most famous passage about that gruesome business. It comes, of course, from one of the greatest novels in …

De Niro: a look at the life from afar

Sunday, December 7, 2014

With a marked ability to become whatever character he’s playing, Robert De Niro presents any biographer with a vexing question: Who, exactly, is he? In this well-researched biography, Shawn Levy attempts to answer this question, but just as …

‘The Lodger’ an introduction to the modernist movement

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Louisa Treger’s earnest, carefully researched first novel spotlights a neglected pioneer of 20th-century literature: Dorothy Richardson, who published one of the earliest examples of stream-of-consciousness fiction, Pointed Roofs, in 1915. Fellow modernist Virginia Woolf praised her for inventing …