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Whether you want to dip into a novel that evokes Midge Maisel’s New York City or pick up a sparkling history of 1950s comedy, we’ve got some recommendations for you.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Nigel Slater’s newest tome is a guidebook to the winter season, with recipes for mincemeat and flavored spirits, and history and lore.
From Nixon’s White House to Obama’s, these books highlight presidential right-hand men and their outsize power.
In two books he wrote about rudeness and how to avoid it. He also started a program to encourage the practice of good manners.
Peter Sagal, the host of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR, writes about the rigors and rewards of his life as a runner in “The Incomplete Book of Running.”
The writer’s archive, which has just been bought by Yale, includes his voluminous diaries and other private handmade books.
A Brooklyn novelist’s annual trip to the Chilean countryside fuels daydreams of permanently moving. But peace and quiet can be so, well, exasperating.
The former first lady’s long-awaited new memoir recounts with insight, candor and wit her family’s trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.
“Agent Running in the Field” will feature a 26-year-old character navigating political turmoil in present-day London.
Tracy K. Smith, the United States poet laureate, looks at the ways poetry has dealt with the shifting political landscapes of the past two decades.
By the end of a typical year, hundreds of thousands of books in various styles, genres and subject areas are published. These three lists are meant to help you make sense of it all.
Donald and Patricia Oresman’s 550-piece art collection was auctioned recently. Every piece had one thing in common: People were reading in them.
Antonio Scurati, the author of “M,” sees his book as an anti-fascist history lesson disguised as a novel. Others disagree.
Molly Stern will be replaced by David Drake. Gillian Blake will leave Henry Holt for Crown. The changes reflect a cyclical shift in the industry.
Alan Wolfe discusses “The Politics of Petulance,” and Nadja Spiegelman talks about two books by Lucia Berlin.
Harper Lee’s estate objected to elements of Aaron Sorkin’s early stage adaptation. Now it arrives on Broadway with concessions from both sides.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
In “Bringing Down the Colonel,” Patricia Miller unearths the 19th-century case of Madeline Pollard, who sued a five-term House representative for breach of promise to marry.
In “Interior States,” Megan O’Gieblyn reconsiders her evangelical upbringing, and in “What if This Were Enough?” Heather Havrilesky renounces the “enforced cheer” of American culture.
With “Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster,” Stephen L. Carter celebrates his extraordinary grandmother.
In “We Begin in Gladness,” the poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher considers poets from W.S. Merwin to francine j. harris, in light of changes in their language and their influence on one another.
“Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know” recounts the lives of the fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce — and the chaos they created.
There’s nothing like the bond between grandparent and grandchild. New books by Tomie dePaola, Cecilia Ruiz and more show it in many forms.
The best-selling writer of “Prep,” “Eligible” and other novels edited “Atomic Marriage” with audio in mind.
Richard Brookhiser’s “John Marshall” looks at the accomplishments of the legendary chief justice and draws lessons for today.
“Those Who Knew,” a new novel by Idra Novey, takes place on an unnamed island, but in a world beset by problems unnervingly like our own.
Four collections, in settings that range from Glasgow to an island in the Pacific Northwest, sketch troubled lives and a yearning for better times.
Alan Wolfe’s “The Politics of Petulance” and Lawrence Lessig’s “America, Compromised” offer differing diagnoses of the condition of the country.
It turns out that people have liked to give books as gifts for a long time. Here’s a peek at how tastes have changed over the years.
A.L. Kennedy’s novella “The Little Snake” conjures the story of a young girl’s friendship with a strangely powerful creature and how it will shape her life.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
At a time when many of the Soviet Union’s greatest authors left the country, he stayed, despite sometimes incurring official wrath.
In William Boyd’s novel of desire and deceit, a hunky Scottish piano tuner falls for a sexy Russian soprano.
The former first lady, whose new memoir is “Becoming,” admires Zadie Smith’s novel “White Teeth” for its complexity and humor: “Even if a book takes on serious topics, I think it should still be fun to read.”
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
On the anniversary of the beloved holiday classic, we look back at some of The Times’s coverage of the book and its author, Charles Dickens.
The elder Bush died on Friday, and the public is now reckoning with his legacy.
The second and final volume of Zachary Leader’s “The Life of Saul Bellow” is a portrait of a writer struggling to contend with the consequences of fame.
Scholastique Mukasonga’s newly translated memoir is about the impact of the Rwandan genocide, during which 37 of her family members were killed.
In her memoir, “Why Religion?,” Elaine Pagels tells the story of her own deep loss and her search for answers in faith and spirituality.