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Sunday Reading: Prodigies

The prodigy is an eternal source of fascination, and the course of a prodigy’s talent and life has been the stuff of extraordinary profiles in The New Yorker over the years.More from the ArchiveSign up for Classics, a twice-weekly newsletter featuring notable pieces from the past.In “Yuja Wang and the Art of Performance,” Janet Malcolm reports on the world-renowned pianist and delves into her early mastery of the instrument. In
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Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels

Among the picture books this month, We’re Going to Find the Monster! (Puffin, £6.99) by Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola stands out. A riotous reimagining of the family home as a dangerous fantasy landscape, it follows two small explorers on a pre-breakfast monster hunt, unearthing a terrifying tickler (sleeping elder brother) in his lair. Words and pictures are full of lively mischief and intergenerational warmth.Imagination also runs riot in Constance
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

SHUTDOWN: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy, by Adam Tooze. (Viking, $28.) Tooze’s account of the twin health and economic crises of 2020 is actually a warning that American institutions and systems, and the assumptions, positions and divisions that undergird them, leave us ill prepared to deal with the next large-scale challenge, whatever it turns out to be. “Separate understandings of our world and its risks have become so divergent
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What to Watch This Fall

Welcome. It’s the first week of fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, and while it’s not as life-changing as returning to in-person school or work, nor as crucial as, say, weatherproofing your windows before the first frost, it’s nonetheless exciting to check out the season’s TV lineup, back to something approximating normal this year.Lee Daniels has a new show on Fox, inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s book “Our Kind of
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The 30 best children’s books of all time

We all have cherished memories of the books we read and shared as children. Big friendly giants, honey-loving bears, hungry caterpillars, iron men: these figures populate the vivid imaginary landscapes of our childhoods. Everybody will remember the book that made them laugh and cry, the one that they turn to again and again. Like totems, we pass them on to our own children, each book a spell in itself.But there
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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

If you’re looking for escapist reading, this week’s recommended books won’t help. But if you want a cleareyed and sometimes rousing look at the state of the world today, settle right in: We’ve got books about the Mexican drug trade and America’s efforts to combat it (“The Dope,” by Benjamin T. Smith), along with an argument that modern warfare is too easy (Samuel Moyn’s “Humane”) and a memoir by a
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16 New and Upcoming Young Adult Books to Watch For

‘Both Sides Now,’ by Peyton Thomas (Dial Books, Aug. 24)Finch Kelly is a transgender teenager whose dream is to go to Georgetown University, the first step in his plan to become the country’s first openly transgender member of Congress. He believes the ticket into Georgetown is winning the National Speech & Debate Tournament, but when he finds out the year’s topic — should transgender students in public schools be allowed
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5 New Biographies to Read This Season

It’s been over 30 years since the last major biography of Wilde, and Sturgis draws on new material and research (including a full transcript of his catastrophic libel trial). “The established persona of Oscar Wilde — the unflappable, epigrammatic Aesthete — is so compelling that it is hard not to be seduced by it,” Sturgis writes, as he sets out to restore Wilde to his era and the facts of
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6 New Books on the Pandemic, #MeToo and Other Timely Topics

Why were our cities and their economies so vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic? Two Harvard economists take stock of the issues that bedevil American cities (or as they put it, the “demons” that often “accompany density”), including health care, affordable housing, education, class disparities and more. The authors approach the questions from different political standpoints and imagine what cities may look like in the future.Penguin Press, Sept. 7 | Read