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By the Book: Don Winslow: By the Book
June 29th, 2017, 04:10 AM
The author of “The Force” lists Ross Macdonald, James Crumley, Charles Willeford, Chester Himes and Robert B. Parker among his favorite classics: “Those guys turned crime writing into music.”
Nonfiction: How Martin Luther King Persuaded John Kennedy to Support the Civil Rights Cause
June 29th, 2017, 04:10 AM
In “Kennedy and King,” Steven Levingston tells the story of an ardent activist, a cautious President, and leadership of a curious nature.
Critic’s Take: The Joy of Reading About Cooking
June 29th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Tejal Rao on the deep comfort of reading cookbooks.
Unbuttoned: Your Literary Idols and Their Wardrobes
June 28th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Think that it doesn’t matter what a writer wears? A new book says otherwise.
Books of The Times: Keeping Up With New Delhi’s 1 Percent in ‘The Windfall’
June 28th, 2017, 04:10 AM
In Diksha Basu’s debut novel, set in a wealthy enclave of New Delhi, characters with old and new money feel status anxiety.
Michael Bond, Paddington Bear Creator, Is Dead at 91
June 28th, 2017, 04:10 AM
The character — disaster-prone but good-natured and always polite — was the hero of children’s novels, picture books and animated television series.
Fiction: The Characters in Ann Beattie’s New Stories Are Boomers in a Millennial World
June 28th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Ann Beattie’s latest story collection takes her familiar baby boomer characters and maroons them in 21st-century social and political disarray.
Nonfiction: Tracing the Origins of the New York Police Department
June 28th, 2017, 04:10 AM
In “Law and Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD,” Bruce Chadwick reveals how incompetent constables, riots and rising crime convinced New Yorkers they needed an official police force.
Maria’s Picks: Board Books to Get Babies Talking
June 28th, 2017, 04:10 AM
The Times’ children’s book editor, Maria Russo, picks 9 adorable books made for infants and toddlers that can help them make the leap to language.
Margaux Fragoso, Memoirist Who Wrote Hauntingly of Sexual Abuse, Dies at 38
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
“Tiger, Tiger,” Ms. Fragoso’s graphic account of her relationship with a much older man, was considered one of the more notable books of the year when it was released in 2011.
Books News: Liveright to Publish Nelson Mandela’s Letters From Prison
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
The publisher expects to issue a volume of selected correspondence in 2018, with a fuller two-volume set to follow. See one of the letters here.
Books of The Times: Review: Francis Spufford’s First Novel Is a Swashbuckling Tale
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
“Golden Hill” follows the misadventures of a handsome young stranger who arrives in New York from London, hoping to cash in on a fortune.
Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, Who Made Jewish Prayer Books Clear to All, Dies at 73
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
His company, ArtScroll Mesorah, provides prayer books and volumes of the Torah and Talmud for the Orthodox Jewish community written in everyday English.
Front Burner: Picnic Ideas From the Fortnum & Mason Cookbook
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Written by the British food critic Tom Parker Bowles, this cookbook includes English recipes for a plethora of stately occasions.
Books News: Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals First Book Acquisition, and Her A.L.A. Book Club Pick
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Her first acquisition, by the debut novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza, follows an Indian-American family.
Nonfiction: A Life of Toscanini, Maestro With Passion and Principles
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
In his new biography, “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience,” Harvey Sachs presents a demanding but tenderhearted genius who stood up to fascism and hate.
The Shortlist: Four Timely Memoirs from the Halls of Medicine
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Four doctors—a nephrologist, a pediatrician, a cardiologist and a psychiatrist—on what ails their patients and their profession.
Match Book: Dear Match Book: What Books Best Capture Science and Nature?
June 27th, 2017, 04:10 AM
A book club focused on literature of the environment, from nature memoirs to natural history and science, seeks to expand its reading list.
Hope Ryden, Wildlife Protector and Photographer, Dies at 87
June 26th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Ms. Ryden developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad as a flight attendant, and became a full-time naturalist and animal-rights advocate.
Op-Ed Contributor: Why Grown-Up Muggles Should Read ‘Harry Potter’
June 26th, 2017, 04:10 AM
On the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s series, a superfan explains why the books still make him cry.
Books of The Times: Edwidge Danticat Wrestles With Death, in Life and in Art
June 26th, 2017, 04:10 AM
“The Art of Death” chronicles the death of the author’s mother, as well as the ways other writers, from Tolstoy to Didion, have treated the end of life.
As if He Isn’t Busy Enough: Met Museum Head to Write Book
June 26th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Daniel H. Weiss has sold a book about America’s experience in the Vietnam era to PublicAffairs, he confirmed Monday. He became the museum’s top official this month.
Nonfiction: Why America’s Great Cities Are Becoming More Economically Segregated
June 26th, 2017, 04:10 AM
In “The New Urban Crisis,” Richard Florida argues that the revival of central cities has made them more unequal and more segregated.
Fiction: From City to Jungle, a New Novel Summons the Politics and History of Two Islands
June 26th, 2017, 04:10 AM
Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea don’t seem so different in Nick Laird’s new novel, “Modern Gods.”
Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The Mind of God’
June 25th, 2017, 04:10 AM
The neurologist Jay Lombard discusses the brain and its connection to what he describes as our deeper, spiritual underpinnings.
20 Years of L.G.B.T.Q. Lit: A Timeline
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
From “The Vagina Monologues” to “The End of Eddy,” here are 25 books by and about L.G.B.T.Q. individuals that have shaped the genre.
For These Collaborators, There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Best Seller’
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
Neal Stephenson and the novelist Nicole Galland have teamed up on a fantasy story, “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.,” at No. 11 in hardcover fiction.
Open Book: Class Ed.
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
In a new book, Joan C. Williams says progressives have a strategic and ethical responsibility to try to understand the white working class.
sketchbook / graphic review: ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
A graphic review of Steven Pinker’s book about the dramatic decline of violence in human affairs over history.
The Book Review Podcast: ‘The Boy Who Loved Too Much’
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
Jennifer Latson talks about “The Boy Who Loved Too Much”; Daniel Menaker discusses two new books about how to understand others and make ourselves understood.
Nonfiction: A Trip to Southern Italy to Shed Light on a Family Scandal
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
Helene Stapinski has been haunted by the thought of her “criminal genes.” In “Murder in Matera,” she investigates her family’s past.
Nonfiction: Why Did Lincoln Move So Slowly to Abolish Slavery? Because He Was a Racist, This Book Argues.
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
Fred Kaplan’s “Lincoln and the Abolitionists” emphasizes the distance between them.
The Shortlist: Four New Collections of Omnivorous Literary Criticism
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
These writers range widely, giving free play to their personal aesthetics and their avid curiosity.
Nonfiction: Where Do Babies Come From? And Why Did It Take Scientists So Long to Find Out?
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
For centuries, the mysteries of egg and sperm eluded even the greatest minds, Edward Dolnick writes in “The Seeds of Life.”
Fiction: When the Fox Becomes a Friend
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
In Paula Cocozza’s hypnotic first novel, “How to Be Human,” a lonely woman strikes up a relationship with a feral fox.
Fiction: A Nuanced Novel Examines the Mystery of Radicalization
June 23rd, 2017, 04:10 AM
Laleh Khadivi’s novel “A Good Country” poses the question: How does a studious American boy, the child of prosperous Iranian immigrants, fall into radical Islam?