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Sep 25, 2021

Anita Hill Has Some Perspective to Offer
Thirty years after she testified before the Senate, the law professor talks about the experience, sexual harassment and her growing impatience with the slow pace of change.

New York Times Books
Sep 25, 2021

Wole Soyinka Is Not Going Anywhere
The Nobel laureate, whose new novel, "Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth," is his first in nearly 50 years, refuses to back down when he senses that his homeland's freedom is under threat.

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2021

Charles G. Sellers, Historian Who Upset the Postwar Consensus, Dies at 98
A Southerner who became a radical at Berkeley, he argued that democracy developed in America as a response to the emergence of industrial capitalism.

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2021

A Journey Along the River That Separates Russia From China
As he neared 80, the travel writer Colin Thubron took a trip along the 10th longest river in the world, chronicled in "The Amur River."

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Sep 24, 2021

Randall Kennedy on ‘Say It Loud!'
Kennedy discusses his new essay collection, and Mary Roach talks about "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law."

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2021

When a President Wrote for the Book Review
For the 125th anniversary of the Book Review, we revisit the time Teddy Roosevelt gushed on our front cover about a book he loved.

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2021

Word Up! Three Picture Books and a Graphic Novel Celebrate the Power and Joy of Language
"Thao," "Otto: A Palindrama," "My Monster Moofy" and "The Wordy Book" explore myriad worlds within words.

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2021

Book Review: ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land,' by Anthony Doerr
"Cloud Cuckoo Land," Doerr's first novel since "All the Light We Cannot See," unites five characters over a millennium in a tribute to books and those who love them.

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2021

Book Review: ‘When We Cease to Understand the World,' by Benjamín Labatut
"When We Cease to Understand the World," by Benjamín Labatut, considers the fine line between the brilliance and darkness of human advancement.

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2021

New in Paperback: ‘The Devil You Know' and ‘The Lying Life of Adults'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2021

Sally Rooney's Riposte, Ralph Nader's Candidacy and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

New York Times Books
Sep 23, 2021

8 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Sep 23, 2021

Can a Coma Be Contagious?
In "The Sleeping Beauties," Suzanne O'Sullivan examines those poorly understood conditions that fall at the tangled intersection of body and mind, like mysterious outbreaks of mass illness.

New York Times Books
Sep 23, 2021

Readers Aren't Into Sports? The Best-Seller List Says Otherwise.
Basketball and tennis are the subjects of two top titles written by stars in their own fields.

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Sep 23, 2021

The Best Book That Amor Towles Ever Received as a Gift
"My wife gave me the first edition of Tolstoy's ‘War and Peace' to be published in English (in 1886). That the edition was in translation was just as well, since I don't read a word of Russian."

New York Times Books
Sep 22, 2021

What to Watch This Fall
Plan your TV itinerary.

New York Times Books
Sep 22, 2021

What About the Heroine's Journey?
The Harvard scholar Maria Tatar has made a career of studying fairy tales and folklore. Now she is taking aim at Joseph Campbell and showing us the women he left out of the story.

New York Times Books
Sep 22, 2021

Newly Published, From the Vanderbilt Family to the Former PepsiCo CEO
A selection of books published this week.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

The Alarming Rise of Peter Thiel, Tech Mogul and Political Provocateur
In a revealing new biography, "The Contrarian," the journalist Max Chafkin charts Thiel's ascendancy in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., as a driven man drawn to far-right causes and beliefs.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

Two of America's Leading Historians Look at the Nation's Founding Once Again — to Understand It in All Its Complexity
Joseph J. Ellis's "The Cause" and Gordon S. Wood's "Power and Liberty" argue that the Constitution was a necessary compromise.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

Anne-Marie Slaughter Explains What She Has Learned From a Long Career of Public Service
Slaughter's "Renewal" looks at how a personal transformation can lead to broader social change.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

Lena Waithe, Gillian Flynn to Become Book Publishers With Zando
The two women are joining Zando, an independent publishing company founded last year that plans to work with authors and sell books in unconventional ways.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

Lena Waithe, Gillian Flynn to Start Book Imprints
The two women are joining Zando, an independent publishing company founded last year that plans to work with authors and sell books in unconventional ways.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

In Richard Powers's New Novel, Hope for a Grieving Kid and Planet May Lurk in the Human Brain
The Pulitzer Prize winner's latest novel, "Bewilderment," features a widowed father whose troubled son is transformed by a novel neurofeedback therapy with profound implications for the human race.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

An Irreverent Novel Trains Its Gaze on Refugees and Their Rescuers
"The Wrong End of the Telescope," by the Lebanese American writer Rabih Alameddine, examines the relationship between Middle Eastern refugees and their Western rescuers with clear eyes and trenchant humor.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

Back to the Future, With Books Instead of a DeLorean
Three new historical novels remind us how what happened in days, and centuries, gone by connects to the world today.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

Beasts and Baseball: New Science Fiction and Fantasy
"The Body Scout," "Light From Uncommon Stars" and "No Gods, No Monsters" tell stories of genetic dystopias, musical gifts and mythic creatures.

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Sep 21, 2021

A History of Medical Innovation That Doesn't Ignore the Side Effects
In "You Bet Your Life," Paul A. Offit looks at advances that have prolonged life, from chemotherapy to the Covid vaccine, and the difficult, even deadly, paths to arrive at them.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

‘The Right to Sex' Thinks Beyond the Parameters of Consent
Amia Srinivasan's brilliant essays urge us to think more fully about sex, as a personal experience with social implications.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2021

Even the G-Spot is Named for a Man
Why do so many female body parts honor male scientists?

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2021

In Karl Ove Knausgaard's Horror-Tinged New Novel, a Mesmerizing Star Appears in the Sky
"The Morning Star" chews on big ideas about God and mortality while its characters react to a bright and eerie new presence above them.

New York Times Books
Sep 19, 2021

Ruth Ozeki's Borgesian, Zen Buddhist Parable of Consumerism
In "The Book of Form and Emptiness," the characters are so preoccupied with material possessions that objects come to life all around them.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2021

Was Occupy Wall Street the ‘Beginning of the Beginning'?
In "Generation Occupy," Michael Levitin argues that the 2011 protest against income inequality shaped both the substance and style of American politics.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

New York Public Library to Keep Picture Collection Browsable
A plan to archive the resource, used by many artists, including Warhol, has been shelved.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

Colson Whitehead on ‘Harlem Shuffle'
Whitehead talks about his new novel, and Colm Toibin discusses "The Magician."

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

Bob Woodward Extends His Trump Chronicles With the Chaotic Transfer of Power
In "Peril," Woodward and his co-writer Robert Costa take readers up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the early days of the Biden administration.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

National Book Awards Announces Its 2021 Nominees
This year's fiction longlist includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, a 2020 nominee in the poetry category, as well as Richard Powers, who also made the Booker Prize shortlist this week.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

Why Mets Pitcher Noah Syndergaard Started a Book Club
‘I just think that's what being a New Yorker is all about, being hungry for more,' said Noah Syndergaard, an avid reader.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

Why This Superstar Pitcher for the Mets Started a Book Club
‘I just think that's what being a New Yorker is all about, being hungry for more,' said Noah Syndergaard, an avid reader.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

Thomas Mann on the Artist vs. the State
Thomas Mann spent the years during World War I composing "Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man," an idiosyncratic assault on democracy and reason that was recently reissued. The book's political ideas are of little use, Christopher Beha writes, but Mann's critique of how democracies enlist writers to serve as their social conscience resonates forcefully today.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

New in Paperback: ‘Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath' and ‘Sisters'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

Afghanistan, a Double Bind and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

Kate DiCamillo's New Novel, About a Girl Who Would Be King
In "The Beatryce Prophecy," a young girl is hunted by the king because of a prophecy that she will unseat him.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2021

Brian Selznick's Lockdown Masterpiece
"Kaleidoscope" is the stuff of dreams — glittering shards of a wondrously ungraspable story.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

11 Books By Latinos to Read for Hispanic Heritage Month
Reflections on brownness, stories about migrant workers and queer immigrants, postcolonial poems — and more.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

9 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

6 New Books on the Pandemic, #MeToo and Other Timely Topics
"The 1619 Project" expands its Pulitzer Prize-winning argument about our nation's origins, Huma Abedin reflects on her life, and other titles imagine our post-Covid future.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

Historian of Race in America Gets an Unusual Four-Book Deal
Martha S. Jones, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, will write four books for Basic Books, starting with an exploration of the history and legacy of slavery's sexual violence.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

Get to Know Your Favorite Actors and Artists a Little Better
Watch for new memoirs from Gabrielle Union and Alan Cumming, Jamie Foxx's reflections on parenthood, Patricia Highsmith's diaries and more.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

5 New Biographies to Read This Season
The first major study of Oscar Wilde in decades, the conclusion of a "magisterial" series on Pablo Picasso, and more.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

20 New Works of Fiction to Read This Season
New novels from Jonathan Franzen and Anthony Doerr, a political thriller by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny, a Korean murder mystery — and more.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

11 New Works of Nonfiction to Read This Season
A deeply reported look at the woman behind Roe vs. Wade, an investigation of lawbreaking animals, another hilarious essay collection from Phoebe Robinson — and more.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

7 New Memoirs to Read This Season
Look for reflections from Katie Couric, Stanley Tucci and Joy Harjo — and more.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

16 New and Upcoming Young Adult Books to Watch For
There are novels about Black boys finding joy, nervy thrillers, fantasies filled with magic, angsty romances and much, much more.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

For His Next Act, Anthony Doerr Wrote a Book About Everything
The author of "All the Light We Cannot See" has a new novel, "Cloud Cuckoo Land," that seeks to tell a sprawling story linking past, present and future.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

Poem: waiting on you to die so i can be myself
In this world filled, sometimes, with more breakdowns than breaks, it feels sometimes an anachronism to hear anybody say they love somebody deeply.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

They Survived, They Recovered (Mostly) ... What Next?
Three new memoirs traverse the rocky terrain between illness and everyday life.

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Sep 16, 2021

Rosamund Pike Reads Paula Hawkins; and Other Audiobooks to Make Your Head Spin
A murder mystery on a London houseboat, a 16th-century Pacific voyage, and a deep dive into humans' relationships with animals.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

Optimism Rears Its Sunny Head on the Best-Seller List
Four new titles either allude to the elusive commodity or grab it by the shoulders and pin it onto the page.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2021

Anderson Cooper Wishes His Parents and Truman Capote Could Reconcile Over Dinner
"They stopped speaking to him after he wrote some pretty cruel stuff about my mom in a story published in Esquire in 1975. I wouldn't want Truman to stay very long though, and he couldn't have any alcohol. Actually let's make it Truman circa 1966, not the bloated Truman of 1975."

New York Times Books
Sep 15, 2021

Back to School, for Now
Some seasonal constants (and variables).

New York Times Books
Sep 15, 2021

Why Does Every Company Now Want to Be a Platform?
In "The Platform Delusion," Jonathan Knee takes apart the magical aura that surrounds one of Silicon Valley's biggest conceptual exports.

New York Times Books
Sep 15, 2021

Books on Race Filled Best-Seller Lists Last Year. Publishers Took Notice.
Titles that the houses signed in 2020 are now entering the world, with authors, agents and editors anxious to see how they do.

New York Times Books
Sep 15, 2021

The Coming ‘Tsunami' of Books on Race
When readers rushed to buy books about race and racism last year, publishers took notice. Now some of the titles they signed are entering the world, with authors, agents and editors anxious to see how they do.

New York Times Books
Sep 15, 2021

Book Review: ‘Bewilderment,' by Richard Powers
A grieving astrobiologist bemoans the state of the planet while raising his sensitive 9-year-old son in Powers's new novel.

New York Times Books
Sep 15, 2021

In ‘Bewilderment,' Richard Powers Smothers Nature With Piety
A grieving astrobiologist bemoans the state of the planet while raising his sensitive 9-year-old son in Powers's new novel.

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Sep 15, 2021

Newly Published, From James Baldwin to a Life-Changing Dog
A selection of books published this week.

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Sep 14, 2021

‘Fuzz,' by Mary Roach: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Fuzz," by Mary Roach

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2021

Woodward's Book on Trump Describes General's Secret Calls to China
In a sign of his concerns, the nation's highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2021

Booker Prize Finalists Include 'Great Circle' and 'Bewilderment'
This year's shortlist includes novels by Nadifa Mohamed, Patricia Lockwood, Damon Galgut and Anuk Arudpragasam. A winner will be named in November.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2021

What Makes Someone Seek Pain for Pleasure?
In "Hurts So Good," Leigh Cowart explores the science and culture of masochism, from the competitive pepper-eater to the ultramarathoner to sex of a certain variety.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2021

‘Great Circle,' ‘Bewilderment' Among Booker Prize Finalists
This year's shortlist includes novels by Nadifa Mohamed, Patricia Lockwood, Damon Galgut and Anuk Arudpragasam. A winner will be named in November.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2021

What if the Inca Conquered Europe? A Novel Rewrites History.
"Civilizations," by Laurent Binet, imagines a counterhistory of the Spanish conquests.

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Sep 14, 2021

This Kenyan Activist Said No to ‘the Cut'
In her memoir, "The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree," Nice Leng'ete tells the story of her courageous fight against female genital mutilation.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2021

After 22 Years, Gayl Jones Returns
"Palmares" — her first novel since 1999's "Mosquito" — is an emancipation story set in 17th-century Brazil.

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Sep 14, 2021

Gabrielle Union Has Some Personal Updates
In her second memoir, "You Got Anything Stronger?," the actor bares her struggles with fertility, rape, aging and grief.

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Sep 14, 2021

Is Stranger Hatred Hard-Wired Into Humans?
"Of Fear and Strangers," by George Makari, examines the history of xenophobia, its evolution in modern times and how we might combat it.

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Sep 14, 2021

George Washington Slept Here? Then So Will Nathaniel Philbrick.
In "Travels With George," a book that's part history and part travelogue, Philbrick retraces Washington's steps in an effort to understand America's problems then and now.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2021

T.C. Boyle's New Novel Looks Into the Mind of a Chimpanzee
"Talk to Me" tracks the complex relationships among a professor, his undergraduate assistant and a chimp who knows sign language.

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Sep 14, 2021

A Novel of Young Love, New York City and Coffee
In Vince Passaro's new novel, "Crazy Sorrow," two college students meet in 1976. Their story spans decades.

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Sep 14, 2021

Colson Whitehead's Warmhearted Novel of a 1960s Crime Caper in Harlem
"Harlem Shuffle" luxuriates in the seedy spaces of late night, "when the straight world slept and the bent got to work."

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2021

The False and Dangerous Promise of Humane Wars
Samuel Moyn's "Humane" explores America's enthusiasm for making wars more humane even if it assures us of future wars.

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Sep 14, 2021

When the Criminal Is Furry and Has a Penchant for Garbage
In "Fuzz," Mary Roach explores the tricky terrain where humans and wildlife overlap and often collide.

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Sep 13, 2021

Richard Powers Speaks for the Trees
His Pulitzer-winning novel, "The Overstory," left him so drained that he didn't know whether he would write again. His new book, "Bewilderment," came to him when he imagined a child talking to him in a forest.

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Sep 13, 2021

‘The Contrarian' Goes Searching for Peter Thiel's Elusive Core
In his new book, Max Chafkin narrates the secretive tech mogul's life and tries to understand what he stands for.

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Sep 13, 2021

A Black Woman in Finance Regains Her Agency
In Natasha Brown's slim debut novel, "Assembly," the social critique matters more than the plot.

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Sep 13, 2021

Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?
Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity.

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Sep 13, 2021

Banned in Her Home Country, Wendy Guerra Writes of a Lost Cuba
In "I Was Never the First Lady," the protagonist sets out to find the mother who abandoned her, and Cuba, long ago.

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2021

Joseph Brodsky Slept Here. The Great Poet's Cranky Neighbor Couldn't Care Less.
After a decades-long standoff with the last resident of a communal apartment, a private museum has finally opened in Brodsky's shared home in St. Petersburg, a rare grass-roots victory in Russia.

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Sep 12, 2021

Liane Moriarty's New Novel Is a Family Saga and a Mystery
In "Apples Never Fall," the author of "Nine Perfect Strangers" and "Big Little Lies" serves readers the tale of a missing mother and tennis pro.

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2021

The Nuns of Fiction: Experts in Affliction and Awe
From Chaucer to Don DeLillo and Lauren Groff, nuns in literature have served a variety of functions — not least, Claire Luchette writes, as the authors' stays against mortal agony.

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2021

When Sadness Is Transformative and Grief Gets Complicated
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi talks about her new novel, "Savage Tongues," in which two friends help each other deal with personal and political traumas.

New York Times Books
Sep 10, 2021

What to Do This Weekend
Consider 9/11's effects on American culture.

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Sep 10, 2021

In Colson Whitehead's New Novel, a Crime Grows in Harlem
A hotel heist is at the center of "Harlem Shuffle," but the deeper sin is America's handling of race and the decline of a thriving midcentury community.

New York Times Books
Sep 10, 2021

Brandon Taylor on the Sally Rooney Phenomenon
Taylor talks about Rooney's "Beautiful World, Where Are You," and David Rooney discusses "About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks."

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Sep 10, 2021

Once, Twice, Thrice Upon a Time
Three book-length fairy tales — by Tom Gauld, Nadja Spiegelman and Ole Könnecke — take common ingredients and whip them into fresh new stories.

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Sep 10, 2021

Welcome to the Trump Book Expo
Competition is intense for authors writing about the last administration.

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Sep 10, 2021

Tarana Burke Talks About the Surprising Origins of #MeToo
Tarana Burke discusses her new memoir, "Unbound," and how she turned away from one movement to found another.

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Sep 10, 2021

Has the Pandemic Changed Cities Forever?
In "Survival of the City," Edward Glaeser and David Cutler explore a range of issues that will affect how our urban areas will look into the future.

New York Times Books
Sep 10, 2021

New in Paperback: ‘The Best of Me' and ‘Piranesi'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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