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Revisiting ‘The Tiger’s Wife’ and the Balkan Wars

In Téa Obreht’s 2011 debut novel “The Tiger’s Wife,” a young doctor untangles the peculiar circumstances of her grandfather’s recent death. As a little girl, Natalia adored her grandfather, a respected doctor and professor, and tagged along on his regular visits to the zoo, which was formerly a sultan’s fortress. …

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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

GRINNELL: America’s Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West, by John Taliaferro. (Liveright, $35.) This biography restores fascinating life to one of the least remembered but most important 19th-century conservationists, George Bird Grinnell, who was a key figure behind the creation of the Audubon Society, some of …

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Catch a Buzz With Two New Books About Bugs

Sverdrup-Thygeson urges us to “talk nicely about bugs” — but if there’s one insect that deserves our scorn, it’s the mosquito. Unlike other insects, mosquitoes don’t pollinate plants or break down waste. Contrary to popular belief (even Sverdrup-Thygeson falls into this trap), they’re not a major, irreplaceable food source for …

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The Truth About Koch Industries

But while Charles owned the refinery, he didn’t control it, thanks to a deeply entrenched and notably hostile union. In the first of the book’s intricate set pieces, Leonard chronicles how Charles and his handpicked field general, Bernard Paulson, outlasted the inevitable strike and smashed the union. The company’s phenomenal …

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