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Sep 24, 2018

Nonfiction: Congressional Bloodshed: The Run-Up to the Civil War
In "The Field of Blood," Joanne Freeman documents the outlandish violence in Washington as the country was heading toward the deadliest American war.

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Sep 24, 2018

Books of The Times: ‘Crudo' Is a Novel With a Real-Life Novelist in Thin Disguise
Olivia Laing's first novel features a protagonist who bears a strong resemblance to the writer and performance artist Kathy Acker.

New York Times Books
Sep 24, 2018

Fiction: I, Knausgaard
With Book 6 of "My Struggle," the famous Norwegian author completes the saga of his life — a work perfectly suited to the age of the blog.

New York Times Books
Sep 23, 2018

Books of The Times: Reflections of a Former Hollywood Power Broker
In "Who Is Michael Ovitz?," the ex-leader of the powerful talent agency C.A.A. recounts his time at the top.

New York Times Books
Sep 22, 2018

New voices: In Wayétu Moore's Ambitious Debut Novel, Liberia Is Reborn
"She Would Be King" reframes the country's history in magical terms.

New York Times Books
Sep 22, 2018

Books News: Would You Like Some Sausage With Your Novel?
A nearly century-old bookstore in Germany is staying afloat by joining forces with the butcher, the baker … no word yet from the candlestick maker.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Michelle Obama's Big Book Rollout: ‘It's Like You're Looking at a Madonna Tour'
In advance of the publication of Mrs. Obama's memoir, "Becoming," Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Hearst are helping with the former first lady's rock-star-style return to the public sphere.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Michelle Obama's Big Book Trip: ‘It's Like You're Looking at a Madonna Tour'
In advance of the publication of Mrs. Obama's memoir, "Becoming," Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Hearst are helping with the former first lady's rock-star-style return to the public sphere.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

The Book Review: Esi Edugyan on ‘Washington Black'
"It's paramount for me to always be changing gears and shifting and trying something new," says Ms. Edugyan.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Sketchbook: Ursula Nordstrom's Treasure Trove of Letters
Joana Avillez illustrates an homage to the legendary children's book editor and her personal correspondence.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Inside the List: The Writing Dead
After Robert B. Parker died, Reed Coleman took over writing his Jesse Stone mystery series, bringing his vivid, distinctive style but staying true to Parker's characters.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Nonfiction: ‘Still Life With Monkey': A Mischievous, Gluttonous Primate
In her latest novel, Katharine Weber depicts the relationship between a quadriplegic architect and his monkey helper.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Fiction: ‘Still Life With Monkey': A Mischievous, Gluttonous Primate
In her latest novel, Katharine Weber depicts the relationship between a quadriplegic architect and his monkey helper.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

New in Paperback: ‘Sticky Fingers,' ‘Lea'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

The Shortlist: New Fiction Traces the Anguish of Lost Young Men
Three books, including Michael Bible's "Empire of Light," feature directionless male youths attempting to find a way forward.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Nonfiction: In Essays About Bodily Ailments and Other Conditions, Clues to Writing — and Life
Ashleigh Young's debut collection, "Can You Tolerate This?," uses allegories of womanhood and writing as a window onto the human condition.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Nonfiction: Haunted by a Victorian Novelist
Nell Stevens's "The Victorian and the Romantic" tells of her obsession with Elizabeth Gaskell.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Children's Books: New Novels From Three of Today's Most Beloved Children's Authors
Jacqueline Woodson, Kate DiCamillo and Meg Medina tell empowering stories about vulnerable kids.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Nonfiction: Living With Fascism in Italy
Iris Origo's war diary, "A Chill in the Air," reports on how Italians viewed the Mussolini regime.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Nonfiction: Witnessing the Rise of Fascism in Italy
Iris Origo's war diary, "A Chill in the Air," reports on how Italians viewed the Mussolini regime.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

New York Times Books
Sep 21, 2018

‘A Little Life' Comes to the Stage. The Audience Can't Look Away.
Hanya Yanagihara's best-selling novel includes many disturbing scenes. In a new production in Amsterdam, the director Ivo van Hove puts that cruelty center stage.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Essay: Impersonating Philip Marlowe
What happened when the novelist Lawrence Osborne agreed to write a book in the voice of Raymond Chandler's iconic gumshoe.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Books News: Tara Donovan, a Sculptor Who Finds Beauty in the Mundane
A new book looks back on two decades of the artist's installations, which use man-made materials to explore the natural world.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Editors' Choice: 7 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Books News: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Reflects Dark Times
The six books in the running for one of the world's major literary awards includes a novel written in verse. Two American authors made the cut.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Reflects Dark Times
The six books in the running for one of the world's major literary awards includes a novel written in verse. Two American authors made the cut.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features a Novel Told in Verse
Contenders for the literary prize include novels by Richard Powers and Rachel Kushner, suggesting that a debate about Americans dominating the prize will continue.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Heads Up: Chasing Balzac: Uncovering the Intimate Belle Epoque Hotels of Paris
The hotels offer would-be bons vivants and lovers of 19th-century French literature the kind of lodgings that recall the raconteur-filled salons in the novels of Honore de Balzac.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Romance: In These Romance Novels, the Characters Are Sexy, Hot and Toting a Ton of Emotional Baggage
All romance novels have happy endings. How they get there, though, is a lot more interesting when the protagonists must grapple with personal shortcomings.

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

By the Book: By the Book: Reese Witherspoon
The actor and author of the new book "Whiskey in a Teacup" wishes she had five days in a cabin just to read, with "no emails, no text messages and no obligations or deadlines."

New York Times Books
Sep 20, 2018

Round Table: The Nobel Prize in Literature Takes This Year Off. Our Critics Don't.
With the 2018 prize postponed by scandal, The Times's staff book critics discuss the award's history and influence — and whom they would give it to this year if they could.

New York Times Books
Sep 19, 2018

Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Terror of Shark Attacks
On the list: the original "Jaws."

New York Times Books
Sep 19, 2018

Nonfiction: Why ‘Little Women' Still Matters, 150 Years On
In "Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy," Anne Boyd Rioux seeks to restore a classic to its proper place.

New York Times Books
Sep 19, 2018

New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay
The editor, Ian Buruma, left as the magazine faced a backlash after publishing an essay by a Canadian radio personality who lost his job and reputation following sexual misconduct allegations.

New York Times Books
Sep 19, 2018

Books of The Times: Living the American Dream — in Hiding
In "Dear America," Jose Antonio Vargas writes about the precarious life he has built in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.

New York Times Books
Sep 19, 2018

Books News: Stormy Daniels's ‘Full Disclosure' Book Will Likely Rattle White House
Mr. Trump's presidency has proved to be an unexpected boon for the publishing industry, which has unleashed a barrage of juicy insider accounts.

New York Times Books
Sep 19, 2018

Nonfiction: The Power of the Supreme Court Inside America's Schools
In a timely new book, "The Schoolhouse Gate," the University of Chicago law professor Justin Driver traces the influence of our highest court on schools and classrooms.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2018

Books News: ‘Full Disclosure' by Stormy Daniels Has Few Bombshells, but Is Likely to Rattle the White House
Mr. Trump's presidency has proved to be an unexpected boon for the publishing industry, which has unleashed a barrage of juicy insider accounts.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2018

Books News: ‘Full Disclosure' by Stormy Daniels Has Few Bombshells, but Is Likely Rattle the White House
Mr. Trump's presidency has proved to be an unexpected boon for the publishing industry, which has unleashed a barrage of juicy insider accounts.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2018

Books of The Times: A Witty and Original Writer Shares His Love for the Essay
In "Essayism," Brian Dillon rhapsodizes over his favorite practitioners of the form, including Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Montaigne.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2018

Nonfiction: Behind the Kidnapping Case That Inspired ‘Lolita'
Two new books, Sarah Weinman's "The Real Lolita" and T. Greenwood's "Rust and Stardust," revisit the story of Sally Horner's 1948 abduction.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2018

Ehsan Yarshater, Iran Scholar With a Monumental Vision, Dies at 98
He worked on his magnum opus, an encyclopedia of Iranian history and culture, for more than 40 years, retiring at the letter "K." The work goes on.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2018

Match Book: Short Stories to Read Before Bed
Interlinked story collections provide narrative continuity, while allowing you to take a pause.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2018

Books of The Times: Blackmail, Murder and Other Bad Behavior Abounds in Robert Galbraith's ‘Lethal White'
In the fourth book by Galbraith (also known as J.K. Rowling) featuring the detective Cormoran Strike, the mystery revolves around a well-connected, once-rich, greedy and backstabbing family.

New York Times Books
Sep 18, 2018

Nonfiction: Clarity and Grace Shine Through the Darkness in Sally Field's Memoir, ‘In Pieces'
Though the traumatic events of Field's childhood permeate almost every page, they do not define her.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

David Yallop, Writer Who Saw a Deadly Vatican Conspiracy, Dies at 81
An investigative journalist, he was best known for "In God's Name," a best seller that claimed that Pope John Paul I was murdered in a Vatican plot.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Graphic Content: Jules Feiffer Completes His Trilogy: A Song of American Deceptions
A look at "The Ghost Script," the last of Feiffer's trio of noir graphic novels, alongside Hartley Lin's charming "Young Frances."

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Nonfiction: Termites Are Actually Shrunken Cockroaches and Other Things About Them You Really Don't Want to Know
In Lisa Margonelli's "Underbug," she focuses on the extraordinary capabilities of the termite and what the insect can teach us about ourselves.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart
Mimi Swartz's "Ticker" tells the story of the doctors who, against all odds, struggled to make a device to replace one of our most vital organs.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Sonia Sotomayor's Book Tour Is a Hit With Hispanic Kids: ‘I Like How She Stood Up for Herself'
The Supreme Court justice has two new children's books adapted from her memoir. She recently spoke in Brooklyn to an appreciative crowd with many Hispanic and Latino families.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Shan Tianfang, a Superstar of Chinese Storytelling, Dies at 83
When Mr. Shan first brought his storytelling to radio in 1980, an estimated 100 million people tuned in.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Books of The Times: At the Close of Karl Ove Knausgaard's ‘My Struggle,' a Magician Loses His Touch
Vital writing and interesting ideas are buried in this endurance test of a novel, which includes a 400-page section about Hitler in addition to Knausgaard's usual autobiographical musings.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Front Burner: A Bit of Brooklyn History in Your Pocket
A new guidebook to the borough's mom-and-pop food businesses is a trip down memory lane.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Nonfiction: A Nobel Laureate Asks What Makes a ‘Disordered Mind'
In his new book, the neuroscientist Eric Kandel explores the science of unusual brains, locating many of his answers in genetics.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Fiction: Escaping Slavery in a Hot-Air Balloon
In Esi Edugyan's daringly imagined new novel, "Washington Black," a slave boy and his master's brother flee a plantation in a flying contraption and forge an unlikely bond.

New York Times Books
Sep 17, 2018

Knausgaard: Who Is the ‘Me' in ‘My Struggle'?
In the long-awaited final volume of his epic novel, the author confronts the central mystery of autobiographical fiction.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2018

Books of The Times: In ‘Transcription,' Kate Atkinson Delivers a Story of Wartime Espionage
Set in 1940 and 1950, Atkinson's latest novel is about a young typist plucked from virtually nowhere and taken into the world of spies.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2018

Jill Lepore on the History of America (in 1,000 Pages or Less)
After writing a shelf of books mining forgotten incidents and obscure lives, the Harvard scholar and New Yorker writer offers history on a grand scale.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2018

Jill Lepore on Writing the Story of America (in 1,000 Pages or Less)
After writing a shelf of books mining forgotten incidents and obscure lives, the Harvard scholar and New Yorker writer offers history on a grand scale.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2018

Profile: Jill Lepore on Writing the Story of America (in 1,000 Pages or Less)
After writing a shelf of books mining forgotten incidents and obscure lives, the Harvard scholar and New Yorker writer offers history on a grand scale.

New York Times Books
Sep 16, 2018

Q. & A.: J.K. Rowling's Friend Robert Galbraith Has Something to Say
The author of the Cormoran Strike mystery series has a new book out this month, "Lethal White."

New York Times Books
Sep 15, 2018

Wednesday Martin Dares to Call Her New Book ‘Untrue'
After a scoffed-at but successful pop ethnography of Park Avenue, she turns to the topic of infidelity.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

The Book Review: A Memoir From the Hard-Working ‘Heartland'
"The culture I grew up in is a very individualistic one, but for understandable reasons," says Sarah Smarsh.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

David Yallop, Who Wrote of Crime and Conspiracy, Dies at 81
An investigative journalist, he was best known for "In God's Name," a best seller that claimed Pope John Paul I was murdered in a Vatican plot.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Nonfiction: Is Your Culture ‘Tight' or ‘Loose'? The Answer Could Explain Everything
Michele Gelfand's "Rule Makers, Rule Breakers" takes a look at the differences in various human societies and chalks them up to how strictly they follow norms.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Nonfiction: What Do Presidents Need to Know?
Corey Brettschneider's "The Oath and the Office" offers advice to presidents on their constitutional duties.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Fiction: Bombs and Bank Robberies: A Political Novel of the 1960s
Alice Mattison's "Conscience" traces the damaging effect of a novel based on the real lives of three people involved in radical politics.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Nonfiction: The American Past: A History of Contradictions
Jill Lepore's "These Truths" shows both the successes and failures that have made the country what it is today.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Nonfiction: What's the Matter With Wisconsin?
Dan Kaufman's "The Fall of Wisconsin" traces how a state that was a liberal bastion came to vote for Donald Trump in 2016.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Nonfiction: The True Grit of Four American Presidents
Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Leadership in Turbulent Times" looks at Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Nonfiction: Wendell Willkie: The Forgotten Maker of History
David Levering Lewis's "The Improbable Wendell Willkie" describes a political shooting star who left an outsize legacy.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

The Shortlist: Modern Political Ideas
Three new books explore the concepts of liberalism, democracy and nationalism.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Nonfiction: The Key to Happiness Might Be as Simple as a Library or a Park
Eric Klinenberg's "Palaces for the People" explores the civic value of social infrastructure, those public spaces that allow for human connection.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Modern Political Ideas
Three new books explore the concepts of liberalism, democracy and nationalism.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Children's Books: Picture Books About Dreams and Dreamers of All Kinds
Immigrants, artists and inventors imagine liberation in gorgeous new books by Yuyi Morales, Il Sung Na, Juan Felipe Herrera and more.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Crime: War Wounds: Crime Novels From All Kinds of Battlefields
Marilyn Stasio's mystery roundup takes readers to World War I Britain and France, then dips into two psychological combat zones in modern America.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

New in Paperback: ‘Prairie Fires,' ‘Cockfosters'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Inside the List: Delia Owens, Who Suffused Her African Memoirs With Lush Natural Detail, Turns to Fiction
Hints of her wildlife research — particularly the study of brown hyenas — can be seen in her debut novel, "Where the Crawdads Sing."

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Nonfiction: The Story of California Told Through One Family
Miriam Pawel's "The Browns of California" describes a political dynasty that has dominated the state across 60 years.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

Sketchbook | Visuals: Khaled Hosseini Has Written an Illustrated Tribute to Fallen Refugees
Illustrated by Dan Williams, "Sea Prayer" relates a message of universal human despair, but also hope.

New York Times Books
Sep 14, 2018

From Our Archives: Notes From the Book Review Archives
In which we consult the Book Review's past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Elizabeth Janeway on Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita."

New York Times Books
Sep 13, 2018

Nonfiction: A Modern Jeremiah Sees National Decline Everywhere He Looks
In "America: The Farewell Tour," Chris Hedges says the end is near.

New York Times Books
Sep 13, 2018

Reconsiderations: ‘Little Women' Marches On: Fans Celebrate the Novel's 150th Anniversary
Alcott's book was that unusual thing, a classic that is also an instant hit. It was also revolutionary then — and even now.

New York Times Books
Sep 13, 2018

Editors' Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading by critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Sep 13, 2018

Review: In ‘The Land of Steady Habits,' Suburban Malaise, With a Twist
In Nicole Holofcener's movie, Ben Mendelsohn plays a sad Connecticut dad who blows up his life in the pursuit of something he can't quite name.

New York Times Books
Sep 13, 2018

By the Book: Bob Woodward: By the Book
The journalist, whose new book is "Fear: Trump in the White House," remembers reading "The Swiss Family Robinson" as a child: "It was, I believe, the first time I dropped out of my own world into another for a sustained period of time."

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2018

Overlooked No More: Marthe McKenna, Nurse Who Spied for the British in World War I
Her nursing skills gave her the perfect cover for espionage. She later produced a thrilling memoir that Winston Churchill couldn't put down.

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2018

Books News: Stormy Daniels's Memoir, ‘Full Disclosure,' Comes Out Next Month
This book promises to be the latest, and perhaps juiciest, Trump tell-all to hit stores.

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2018

Books of The Times: Whose Votes Really Count?
In "One Person, No Vote," Carol Anderson argues that Republican legislatures and governors have systematically blocked minority voters at the polls.

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2018

Nonfiction: Why the Right to Vote Is Not a Right
Allan J. Lichtman's "The Embattled Vote in America" looks at how some Americans have tried to restrict the vote of other Americans.

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2018

Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo
The author of "Speak," one of the first Y.A. novels to focus on sexual violence, said fiction gives teenagers a language to describe the trauma.

New York Times Books
Sep 12, 2018

Essay: Three Blockbuster Novels From the 1950s, and Their Remarkable Afterlife
Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged," Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago" and Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" continue to be controversial even today.

New York Times Books
Sep 11, 2018

Newsbook: Listen Up: Here Are 3 Books on the Sexism Women Face in Hollywood.
Memoirs by Tina Fey and Nell Scovell show Leslie Moonves is only the tip of the iceberg.

New York Times Books
Sep 11, 2018

Nonfiction: Is Donald Trump a Fascist?
Jason Stanley's "How Fascism Works" sees parallels in the appeals the president makes to his base.

New York Times Books
Sep 11, 2018

Books of The Times: As the News Cycle Lurches, Jill Lepore Offers a Long, Steady View of American History
In the elegant, readable and sobering "These Truths," Lepore starts with Columbus's arrival and wends her way through the next five centuries.

New York Times Books
Sep 11, 2018

Profile: Sally Field Talks About Her Life ‘In Pieces'
In a new memoir, the actress reveals a personal history, darkened by abuse and illuminated by grace, that she has never shared before.

New York Times Books
Sep 11, 2018

The Long View: Henry Adams's 1880 Novel, ‘Democracy,' Resonates Now More Than Ever
It's a love story about the possibilities and perils of power, corruption and moral compromise in a democratic government.

New York Times Books
Sep 11, 2018

Match Book: Fall Back Into the School Year With Books by, for and About Teachers
Fictional and autobiographical tales that span the vast range of the educator's spirit.

New York Times Books
Sep 11, 2018

New & Noteworthy
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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