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Books of The Times: ‘Aliens’ Asks: If the Universe Is So Vast, Where Is Everybody?
May 24th, 2017, 07:09 PM
In this eccentric collection of essays, edited by the theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, scientists consider our search for extraterrestrial life.
Newsbook: 3 Books on Cyber War
May 24th, 2017, 07:09 PM
On the heels of a global cyberattack, these books explain the real threat of cyber war and the implications for the United States.
Tech We're Using: With a Bazaar of Gizmos and Apps, Tackling Readers’ Tech Questions
May 24th, 2017, 07:09 PM
The New York Times’s Tech Tips columnist describes the arsenal of gadgets at her disposal, and her special love for iPhone.
Nonfiction: The Colorado River and Its Unnatural World
May 24th, 2017, 07:09 PM
“Where the Water Goes” By David Owen looks at the permanent mark people make on the planet.
Egos: New in Memoir: The Intersex Body, the Dead Body, the Body in Grief
May 24th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Three books cast the human body in a new light, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum.
Essay: 50 Years On, Stories of the Six Day War and What Came After
May 23rd, 2017, 07:09 PM
On the anniversary of the Six Day War, writers assess the perpetual limbo that followed, through the prisms of language, history and politics.
Books of The Times: Grayson Perry’s ‘The Descent of Man’: Deconstructing the Masculine Mystique
May 23rd, 2017, 07:09 PM
Perry’s book has its own failure built into it. The men who need it most are unlikely to take advice from him.
What to Read Before Your Florida Trip
May 23rd, 2017, 07:09 PM
Three writers offer a defense of the state.
Nonfiction: Nor Any Drop to Drink?: Why the Great Lakes Face a Murky Future
May 23rd, 2017, 07:09 PM
“The Death and Life of Great Lakes” by Dan Egan looks at the uncertain future of Earth’s largest surface freshwater system.
Nonfiction: Critical Thinkers: The Ties That Bind Orwell and Churchill
May 23rd, 2017, 07:09 PM
Apparently they never met. But the common cause of George Orwell and Winston Churchill resonates powerfully today, Thomas Ricks writes in this dual biography.
Match Book: Dear Match Book: What Should I Read on My Summer Vacation?
May 23rd, 2017, 07:09 PM
In a special travel edition of Match Book, our columnist offers recommendations geared toward discovery and self-discovery.
Losing Their Clothes, Finding Themselves
May 22nd, 2017, 07:09 PM
A new book and multimedia platform encourage women to shed their hangups about societal norms of beauty.
Books of The Times: In ‘Grief Cottage,’ a Ghost and Other Things That Haunt Us
May 22nd, 2017, 07:09 PM
Gail Godwin’s latest novel follows a young boy sent to live with a great-aunt after his mother’s death.
Fiction: A 17th-Century Witch Hunter and His Campaign of Terror
May 22nd, 2017, 07:09 PM
Beth Underdown’s novel, “The Witchfinder’s Sister,” retraces a frightening reign of terror in the history of 17th-century England.
Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Andrea Petersen on Living With, and Studying, Anxiety
May 21st, 2017, 07:09 PM
In “On Edge,” Ms. Petersen discusses her initial reluctance to reveal her mental illness and a troubling stagnation in treatment options.
Postscript: That Voice, Those Parties: Remembering Jean Stein
May 20th, 2017, 07:09 PM
At her parties, you were as likely to meet Warren Beatty as the Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky. An oral history of a woman who excelled at the form.
Drag Queen Story Hour Puts the Rainbow in Reading
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Neon camouflage bodysuits, tutus and patent leather boots. Heated debates about dresses and ice cream flavors. It’s all in a day’s work at the New York Public Library.
Anne R. Dick, Memoirist and Writer’s Muse, Is Dead at 90
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Her second husband, Philip K. Dick, used their marriage and her persona in books like “The Man in the High Castle” and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
Open Book: A Guide to Writing Guides
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Editors at The Times discuss some of their favorite books about how to write well.
From Condoleezza Rice, Tales of Diplomacy and Unrequited Love
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Condoleezza Rice’s “Democracy” offers sober, high-minded rhetoric about America’s role in the world. It also notes Qaddafi’s schoolboy crush on her.
The Book Review Podcast: Joshua Ferris on ‘The Dinner Party’
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Ferris talks about his new collection of stories, and Jonathan Taplin discusses “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.”
Audiobooks: Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Audiobooks of Garth Nix’s “Frogkisser!” and Chris Colfer’s “The Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales” offer kids spit-shined versions of Grimm Brothers’ classics.
Audiobooks: W. Kamau Bell on Being a ‘Semi-Prominent’ Black Comedian
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Listening to a memoir read by the author is like being the sole patron in a comedy club while he performs a marathon routine.
Crime: Scots on the Rocks and Jo Nesbo’s Latest: The Best New Crime Fiction
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Marilyn Stasio’s crime column takes us on a Glasgow bender and into the mind of a Norwegian serial killer. For relief, there’s a trip to rural France.
Fiction: Fleeing a Fictional World of Despots and Drones
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
In the Pakistan of Nadeem Aslam’s novel “The Golden Legend” the rule of law is a distant memory.
Fiction: Why Does a Young Writer Fall in Love with a Misogynist Bully?
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Gwendoline Riley’s novel “First Love” depicts a volatile marriage of opposites whose savage jousts are full of comic malice and exasperated affection.
Nonfiction: The American Revolution: A History of Violence
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
“Scars of Independence” reminds readers that the United States took shape not just in stately rooms but in brutal, devastating combat.
The Shortlist: Stories
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Four story collections, united by whimsy, daring and the everyday surreal.
Letters to the Editor
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Readers respond to “Democracy,” supply more information on the numbers and celebrate new writing tools.
Essay: A Personal Foray Into the Long-Lost Pynchon Tapes
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Pynchon’s “Mason & Dixon” is a book for these times. And, if you can put up with cassettes, an audiobook does exist.
Nonfiction: The Civil Rights Stories We Need to Remember
May 19th, 2017, 07:09 PM
S. Jonathan Bass’s “He Calls Me by Lightning” examines the conviction of a black youth in the 1957 killing of a policeman, and the 44-year legal saga that followed.
American Beauties: A Patriotic and Paranoid Memoir Stared Nixon’s America in the Eye
May 18th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Charles L. Mee Jr.’s “A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind,” from 1977, is about a man’s search for what went wrong with the American experiment.
Ian Buruma Named Editor of The New York Review of Books
May 18th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Mr. Buruma succeeds Robert B. Silvers, a founder of the magazine who edited it until his death in March at 87.
8 New Books We Recommend This Week
May 18th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Paperback Row
May 18th, 2017, 07:09 PM
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Nonfiction: Three 18th-Century Revolutions and Why They Matter in 2017
May 18th, 2017, 07:09 PM
In “The Unruly City,” Mike Rapport revisits Paris, London and New York to learn lessons from three different 18th-century revolutions.
By the Book: Jeffrey Tambor: By the Book
May 18th, 2017, 07:09 PM
The actor and author of “Are You Anybody?” loves to watch younger people browse in his bookstore: “The millennials, Xers and Yers are off their equipment and opting for paper, I’m here to tell you!”