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Mr. Naipaul, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, wrote about the liberation movements that swept across Africa and the Caribbean, where he was born.
Sink your teeth into three tasty new food memoirs — Rick Bragg’s “The Best Cook in the World,” Edward Lee’s “Buttermilk Graffiti” and Lidia Bastianich’s “My American Dream.”
“My joy exists with pain,” Ms. Silver wrote. Her poems moved in a new direction after she received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2004.
Olga Tokarczuk’s novel, the winner of this year’s International Man Booker Prize, is full of bizarre and harrowing stories that blend fiction and fact.
“A Bite-Sized History of France” covers wines, cheeses and the invention of canned food preservation.
Sales are falling and critics say the company lacks a direction, sometimes seeming to give priority to sales of gifts and tchotchkes over books.
C.J. Chivers’s “The Fighters” provides gut-wrenching descriptions of the battles in the Middle East.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Sloane Crosley makes the case for a nontraditional, at-home alternative to the Dewey Decimal System.
From Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield to Yiyun Li and Heidi Julavits, Do Diarists Ever Truly Reveal Themselves?
The biographer and journalist, whose latest book is “The Husband Hunters,” avoids thrillers: “I get all the mayhem I want in the newspapers.”
Charles S. Cockell’s “The Equations of Life” argues that physics constrains evolution so that life is not endlessly variable, but actually quite predictable.
She helped shape new ways of thinking about Jewish identity, including challenging the Zionist notion that Israel must be honored as the homeland.
In “Playing Changes,” Nate Chinen argues that we’re living in a brilliant new phase of jazz, and offers an annotated guide to his favorite performers.
The well-regarded science writer took up poker while researching a book. Now she’s on the professional circuit.
David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.
In “I Can’t Date Jesus,” Michael Arceneaux writes with humor about his Catholic childhood in Houston and his struggles coming to terms with his sexuality.
Nico Walker’s Autobiographical novel “Cherry” traces his descent into addiction and crime. It’s being called the first great novel of the opioid crisis.
“Everything’s so outrageous now in the public sphere,” Ms. Millet says. “You can’t really be more absurd or more fictional than real life is right now.”
The characters in Lydia Millet’s new linked collection, “Fight No More,” yearn to understand the fractures in their lives.
In August, the best-seller lists here don’t change much. So we decided to look elsewhere — Germany, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands.
How a random late-night online search led to new discoveries about the poet’s birth and early years.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Fareed Zakaria’s first book, “From Wealth to Power.”
In “My Family Divided,” the “Orange Is the New Black” star tells the story of coming home at age 14 to find her parents gone, taken by immigration authorities.
Glynnis MacNicol’s smart, pithy memoir, “No One Tells You This,” celebrates women who buck cultural norms.
An author and publisher with an eclectic bent, she was a founder of Academy Chicago, which sold feminist, mystery, literary and children’s books.
Elizabeth Partridge’s “Boots on the Ground” includes some disturbing images and facts. But today’s activist teenagers can handle a fuller account of American conduct during the war.
The daughter of Persian immigrants, Nur Jahan became the favorite wife and the co-ruler of Emperor Jahangir. Ruby Lal’s “Empress” tells her story.
England and Russia figure in two recent novels, while in the New World, historical fiction revisits the 19th-century Caribbean and the American West.
Roger Scruton’s “Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition” is intended not only for the author’s political allies but for liberals too.
In “Playthings,” Alex Pheby tells the story of Daniel Paul Schreber, a German judge who described his own struggles with mental illness.
As Jane O’Connor, the author of the Fancy Nancy books, ends her series, she reflects on the intimate connections she’s fostered with young readers.
The young Russian-American protagonist of Keith Gessen’s new novel returns to the country of his birth and discovers both misery and magic.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
It is not her only novel to be translated into English, but it is the first one to establish her reputation beyond her native Poland.
New books featuring prominent sites, proposed walks and maps cover subjects like rock ‘n’ roll, architecture, the history of Harlem and pop culture.
Back in 1911, The Times discovered a trove of literary criticism inside one of the state’s most notorious prisons — but couldn’t figure out who the author was. 107 years later, we’ve solved the mystery.
In “Famous Father Girl,” Jamie Bernstein is a warm, wry observer, peeking from the wings as her father glories, sifting through the jumbo pill box when he falls apart.